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Anna Streitman

January 14, 1941 — November 2, 2017

Anna Streitman

Anna Laura "Bunky" Beasley Streitman passed peacefully from this life on November 2, 2017, in Victoria, Texas. The eldest of six children, she was born January 14, 1941, in Beeville to John C. Beasley and Anna Laura Welhausen Beasley. Bunky was proudly named for her mother and maternal grandmother, Anna Laura Breeding Connevey. From her earliest days, John C. fondly referred to his first child as "his little pumpkin," which she transformed into "Bunky." The name stuck!

Bunky was brought home from the Beeville Hospital to the young family's first home at 200 E. Corpus Christi, to later be joined by brothers, John William, James Robert, Thomas Scott, and Richard Wallace Beasley, and little sister, Lillian Scott Beasley. As a child, Bunky was among a group of campers who participated in the inaugural opening of Camp Longhorn near Burnet, Texas. An oak tree in front of a cabin at the girls' camp bears a plaque with her name.

Bunky attended Beeville public schools throughout her childhood. At A.C. Jones High School, she excelled in journalism, serving as editor of the Trojan Newspaper her senior year, and writing her own column, "Just Bunk." Her many achievements included winning third place in state in the University Interscholastic League journalism competition, as well as a number of awards in the Interscholastic League Press Conference. Bunky graduated from A.C. Jones in 1958 as a member of the National Honor Society and the Quill & Scroll journalism honor society, and recipient of the George H. Atkins Excellence in Journalism award. Bunky then attended Gulf Park College in Gulfport, Mississippi, and The University of Texas at Austin.

She married Henry William "Bill" Streitman on August 25, 1960, at St. Joseph's Catholic Church in Beeville. After a short time living here, the couple left to pursue advanced education, and began a busy tenure of rearing six children, namely, Laurie Anne Streitman of Victoria, Texas, Julie Lynn Streitman (John) Martisek of Hallettsville, David Collier (Laura) Streitman of Kansas City, Missouri, Scott William (Julianne) Streitman of San Diego, Amy Louise Streitman (Shane) Ressman of Katy, Texas, and John Emory Streitman of Santa Rosa Beach, Florida.

Bunky's fondest wish of bringing her growing family home to Beeville was realized in 1977 when Bill accepted an administrative position at what was then Bee County College. Relocating to Beeville allowed Bunky to spend precious time with her parents, both of whom passed within a few short years. During this special time, she also assisted her mother in publishing the "Coast and Cactus Cookbook," a treasure of family recipes and stories.

In 1978, Bunky was named manager of the Beeville office of the Alfred Edge Real Estate Company. Bunky helped charter the Bee County Business and Professional Women's Luncheon Group in 1983 and in 1986, she was named Woman of the Year. She also owned and operated J.J. Lad's shoe store (the name derived from the initials of her children's names) and co-owned and operated Cox and Cox Abstractors. After raising their family, Bunky and Bill later moved to Victoria. Bunky made many new friends as they pursued success in their new home, and she will be missed by them.

Notwithstanding her personal and professional accomplishments, Bunky's greatest pride and joy throughout her life were her children and grandchildren. Bunky reveled in the achievements of her children and grandchildren, but was reluctant to take credit for her considerable part in their sense of self and security that allowed them to excel. As a mother who instilled in her children the confidence that there was nothing they couldn't accomplish, Bunky was their biggest fan and cheerleader. When any of the children had a project for school or other important endeavor, everything else was placed on hold so that total effort could be given to the project at hand.

Bunky was a loving and loyal daughter, mother, grandmother, sister, aunt and friend. Family and friends were everything to her, and her physical absence from our lives will be felt and mourned. However, we are convinced that all love, including hers for us, comes from God and in that, never dies. We will still feel her love in many wonderful, sweet ways.

Bunky is survived by her husband and all of their children and their spouses. She is also survived by her cherished grandchildren, Sara Evelyn Martisek (Luke) Hinton, Emily Lynn Martisek, Claire Marie Martisek (Drew) Barber, Rebecca Anne Martisek; Georgia Brooke Streitman, Jessica Ruth Streitman, Collier Luke Streitman, Miranda Grace Streitman, Korynne Payge Streitman, Abigail Faith Streitman, William Vance Streitman; Savannah Rae Streitman, Scarlett Grace Streitman and Jake David Streitman; Henry Wyatt Ressman and James Elliott Ressman; and Hannah Elaine Streitman and Matthew Carter Streitman; and by great-grandchildren, Luke Barrett Hinton and Riley Scout Hinton. She is also survived by her above-mentioned siblings Bob, Tom, Cissy and Dick Beasley, all of Beeville. As well as her aunts, Martha Beasley Kowalik and Betty Beasley Davenport, her four nieces and one nephew; and by Beasley family cousins and dear friends in Beeville, Victoria, Hallettsville and beyond. Her parents and brother, John, preceded her in death, as did her paternal grandparents, John R. Beasley and wife, Lillian Scott Beasley. She also leaves behind devoted friends, Jane Turner Wicker and Judi Turner Williamson, who described growing up as neighbors as follows: "Bunky was our very dearest, dearest buddy. Sister and I went anywhere she would let us go with her, which was everywhere. She enriched our lives so much."

And so she did for all of her family. We love her; our hearts hurt at her loss, but we look forward to seeing her again one day. God is good.

Charitable contributions in Bunky's memory may be made to St. Jude's Children's Research Hospital, www.St.Jude.org.

Visitation will be held at Galloway & Sons Funeral Home on Monday, November 6th from 5:00-7:00 p.m., with services at the First Presbyterian Church on Tuesday, November 7th at 10:00 am.

Visitation


Galloway & Sons Funeral Home Chapel
409 N. Tyler
Beeville, TX  78102
Monday, November 6, 2017
5 to 7 p.m.

Service


Funeral Service

First Presbyterian Church
902 N. Washington
Beeville, TX  78102
Tuesday, November 7, 2017
10:00 a.m.

Cemetery


Glenwood Cemetery
East Hefferman Street
Beeville, TX  78102
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