Bessie A. Babuska

BABUSKA, Bessie, 100, of Tampa, FL, died December 22, 2021. She was born Bozena Adamek in Little Falls, NY. She is survived by six children, Debby (Dave Kruger), Barbara (Alan Butler), Ellen (Greg Bender), Linda (Dennis Beach), John David (Nivia), and Kathy (Ed Babuska); eleven grandchildren, Karen Pearson, Paul Kralovanec, David Kralovanec (MaryBeth), Lance Kovac (Jenn), Lindsay Hanson, Brandi Kovac (Joe Schiappa), Aaron Hanson (Tara), Albert Jardines (Carol), Matthew Reynolds (Stacey), Daniel Babuska, and David Babuska; and eleven great-grandchildren, Sydney and Drew Kralovanec, Katherine Pearson, Emeline, Wyatt, and Katie Kovac, Jonathan Jardines, Lincoln, and Layton Hanson, Beckett Schiappa, and Reyna Reynolds.

Born in Little Falls, NY, Bessie was an active member of S.G.U. Sokol USA Lodge 88 and the Holy Trinity Slovak Lutheran Church, both located in Little Falls.

She participated in Sokol USA meetings and events throughout her life, including performing in calisthenics exercises. As the wife of Supreme Secretary John Babuska, she often invited Sokol Traveling Instructors and dignitaries into their home in Perth Amboy, New Jersey (where the Sokol USA Headquarters office was located), for dinner and even overnight lodging. She was an active participant in the activities of Sokol Lodge 6W in Perth Amboy and became a troop leader with the Girl Scouts. After Sokol Headquarters moved to East Orange she transferred to Lodge 12, (originally located in Newark and later in Union NJ), where she held the positions of Recording Secretary and President of Lodge 12. Meanwhile, she put in many weekends of volunteer work over many years at the Boonton, NJ, Sokol Camp, and at Sokol Woodlands camp in Barryville, New York. Simultaneously, she facilitated her six children’s participation in Sokol competitions, Slets, and camping programs while making sure that their schoolwork was never neglected.

After retiring to Tampa FL, she excelled in the Sokol USA Walking Club and spent many years continuing as a volunteer with the Girl Scouts, with which she became a 64-year Lifetime Member. She also volunteered with the RSVP volunteers (Hillsborough County, FL), Lutheran Braille Workers, and at the Kaye Prox Food Bank at the Lutheran Church of Our Saviour, where she was a member for many years. Her hobbies included painting flowers in beautiful arrangements, dancing, reading, and (until her last month) walking.

S Bohom, Bozena!  Be with God, Bessie!