Eva Bradley passed away Wednesday, January 4, 2023. Born August 11, 1934, in Sweden, she is the daughter of the late Doris and Edvin Andersson. Eva met the love of her life, John (Jack) Bradley, while he was on a business trip for Paper Converting Machine Company in Falun, Sweden where Eva grew up. Two years later she emigrated to the United States and celebrated her marriage to Jack on April 24, 1971. They travelled to Sweden often where Jack became one of the family with Eva’s relatives and friends.
Eva is survived by her daughter Monika Schaub and grandson Vincent Lekblad, two brothers Kaj (Renne) and Tord. She became close to Jack’s children: Jack (Barbara) and Betsy (Stephen) Markwardt, and their children and grandchildren who will dearly miss her. She was preceded in death by two brothers Rolf (Kerstin) and Bosse (Birgitta).
Among Eva’s many interests was her membership in Amicale Francaise. A fellow member and past president described her beautifully in a tribute she sent to members: “Eva was a unique and talented person. Born in Sweden, early on she had an interest in other cultures. She studied languages and was fluent in Swedish, English, and French, and had a strong command of several other languages as well. She was a voracious reader and could discuss the classics like no one I have ever met. She loved poetry. Her knowledge of European history was extensive, and until recent years could recall dates and names and discuss historical events in great detail. She loved to discuss foreign films and encouraged friends to watch the films she enjoyed. Opera was perhaps her greatest interest. Eva would listen to opera every afternoon while she worked on knitting projects. Her beautiful sweaters were evidence of her knitting skills.”
Forever connected to Sweden, Eva also belonged to a Scandinavian sewing club for many years, enjoying the conversations of fellow Scandinavians as they reminisced about their countries and discussed their new adventures here. Eva never met a stranger from another country; she was always interested in their lives and stories, and always eager to converse in their language. She and Jack staffed the international tent at EAA for many years.
Her family would like to thank the staff at Bellevue Retirement Community for providing care and comfort during the four years she lived there.