Evelyn Pyszka

May 19, 1919 - June 17, 2018

Evelyn Pyszka


Evelyn C. Pyszka, 99, passed away on June 17th, 2018 at her son’s home in Rockford.  Born May 19, 1919 in Fairfax, IA, Evelyn was the daughter of Earl J. and Eva Lefebure  Sullivan in DeKalb, IL.  She received her BS (‘41) and MS (‘70) from Northern Illinois University.  She started as a Home Service Advisor for IL Northern Utilities where she educated homemakers on the features and benefits of using a gas stove.  She then taught Home Economics for 26 years at Belvidere Junior High School.  For several years, her classes competed in and won the state cherry pie contest.

Evelyn married Robert S. Pyszka in 1942 and the union produced 1 daughter, Betty Jane and 2 sons, Robert E. and William P.  She was a charter member of the Belvidere chapter of ADK, an honor society for women educators, and a charter member of the Belvidere Retired Teachers Association. Evelyn was also a Pink Lady volunteer, and a former Boone County Democratic chair.

She was pre-deceased by her parents; brother, Earl J. Sullivan, Jr.; husband, Bob; daughter, Betty Jane (Cory); and grandson, Michael Pyszka.  Survivors include sons, Bob (Debi) & Bill; beloved former Daughter-in-Law, Teresa Pyszka; cherished former Son-in-Law, Sam Cory (Liz); grandchildren, Patrick (Emily), Douglas (Alexis), Heather (Brad Johnson), Melinda (Vasili Avramopoulos), and Shawn (Christie) and Ryan (Breane) Cory; 11 great grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews. 

Visitation will be from 11-12 p.m. on June 23rd with services immediately following at Anderson Funeral and Cremation Services (formerly Buck-Wheeler Hyland).  Internment will follow services at Highland Garden of Memories.  Special thanks go to Heartland Hospice, and to “T,” Carol, and other caregivers from Home Instead.  Memorial contributions will be used for creating scholarships. 

Service Schedule

Saturday, June 23, 2018
11:00 am - 12:00 pm

Anderson Funeral and Cremation Services

218 West Hurlbut Ave
Belvidere, IL 61008


Saturday, June 23, 2018
12:00 pm

Anderson Funeral and Cremation Services

218 West Hurlbut Ave
Belvidere, IL 61008


Highland Garden of Memories

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Fitflop UK Classic 2018-07-07T21:17:07

Growing up near the Pyszka family, I have many fond memories of Evelyn. She was a wonderful mom, teacher and cook. Evelyn also had a great sense of humor. When I was working for the Belvidere Daily Republican in college and later as editor, she would jokingly refer to me as Brenda Starr. I had many fantastic meals at the Pyszka home, and especially enjoyed her fantastic custard pie. My thoughts and prayers are with the Pyszka family.

Bill Hetland 2018-06-23T17:26:41

Sorry to hear of your loss. We are saddened by aunt Evelyn’s passing. Due to Pryor commitment we cannot make her funeral. Our thoughts and prayers are with your family. With deepest sympathy the Tom pyszka family.

Tom pyszka 2018-06-23T11:12:11

Bob and Bill, and the Pyszka families, your Mom/grandmother had a wonderful life and she was well cared for by the people who loved her. May your precious memories help soothe your sorrow.

Sandy and Shelley McCain family 2018-06-22T16:47:22

My thoughts and prayers for the entire family. Your mother was a wonderful teacher and kind woman, taught me many valuable lessons I still use today. May she rest in peace. God bless her and all of us. Rhonda Farina

Rhonda Farina 2018-06-21T20:53:01

Mrs. Pyszka was one of my favorite teachers. I learned so many life long skills and think of her often. Keeping you, her family, in my prayers.

Lorel Nilsen 2018-06-21T18:04:22


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