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Eva Maria Soehner Hardeman, beloved wife, mother, grandmother, aunt, and friend to many passed away on September 18, 2013 in Austin. Eva was born December 20, 1920 in Walldurn, Germany and grew up in Berlin where she graduated from the Hochschule fuer Musik. World War II interrupted her plans to become a professional musician. Her skills as an interpreter and an artist made it possible for her to survive in postwar Germany. In 1948 she met her husband Pat who was serving with the U.S. Air Force in southern Germany, and they were married for 50 years before his death. Eva was a military wife for many years, traveling with Pat and their three children before settling in Austin, Texas in 1963. She was an accomplished musician, fashion artist, calligrapher, and seamstress and an expert in crocheting, knitting, and tatting. A business woman at a time when it was not the norm, she managed Professional Arts advertising agency and eventually owned her own advertising agency for many years before retiring. Eva will be remembered for her love of classical music and art, her sense of adventure, her fierce independence, her quick wit and intellect, and her ability to reach out and connect with everyone she met. She is survived by her daughter Ann Teich and son-in-law Randy of Austin; her son Dr. Stephen Hardeman and daughter-in-law Lisa of Austin; and her daughter Prof. Edna Hardeman and son-in-law Prof. Peter Gunning of Sydney, Australia. Her grandchildren Lilly and Alex Teich, Sam and Libby Hardeman, and Ewan Gunning-Hardeman were the delights of her life. She was so proud of them and was grateful that she could see them grow up. She is also survived by her sisters-in-law, Sara Harris and Helen Flowers, and many nieces and nephews in Germany, Texas, California, Indiana, Hawaii and Australia. Her family thanks Eva's good friends in the Saengerrunde Damenchor, the Nadel and Gabel Club, and the University Ladies Club. Without them she would have missed out on many opportunities to socialize and attend cultural events. Eva will be buried at a later date next to her husband Pat in Hubbard, Texas. A service celebrating Eva's life will be held Saturday, October 12, 2013, 10:30AM at Faith Lutheran Church, 6600 Woodrow Avenue, Austin. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that contributions be made in Eva's memory to a
Published in Austin American-Statesman from Oct. 3 to Oct. 6, 2013