Evelyn M. Pisel

Evelyn M. Pisel

Evelyn, fondly known as “Bunnie” to her loved ones, danced her way through life with a determination and grit that defined her journey.  From a young age, Bunnie’s biggest dream was to be a mother, a role she embraced wholeheartedly alongside her dedicated work ethic. In an era where opportunities for women were scarce, she defied the odds and carved her path to success.

Bunnie’s career trajectory was a testament to her unwavering resolve. After taking night classes to learn how to type, she began working at a bank, starting at the bottom and eventually climbing the ranks to become the head of the loan department, a feat unheard of for many women of her time.  After facing setbacks, she remained undeterred, finding a new home at L&M Bakery where she dedicated two decades of her life serving the local community and making many friends along the way.

Beyond her work, Bunnie found joy in the simple pleasures of life. With her long-term partner, Haydon Abernathy, she reveled in the sounds of Elvis and BeBop music, danced freely at weddings, and savored the thrill of fishing trips, relishing the fresh catch of the day. Her love extended to her pets, especially her beloved dachshund Max, who found a forever home with her daughter.

Despite battling dementia in her later years, Bunnie’s spirit remained unbroken. She continued to light up the assisted living facility with her infectious energy, often found singing and dancing to the tunes that resonated deeply with her soul. In her younger years, she cherished every moment spent with her grandson Derek, showering him with care and affection, even from afar through heartfelt cards and gifts.

Christmas held a special place in Bunnie’s heart, where she cherished the warmth of family gatherings and the joy of being together. She leaves behind a legacy of love and resilience, survived by her devoted children, Cherilyn (Shawn) and Robert (Dionna), her cherished grandson Derek, her sisters Patricia and Margaret, and a host of nieces and nephews.

Come Celebrate 77 great years on Saturday from 10am to 11am at Sweeney Funeral Home, 337 Bridgeboro Street, Riverside NJ 08075, where there will be an 11am service. Interment private. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to: Spring Oak at Berlin, 396 S. White Horse Pike, Berlin NJ 08009


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