It is with profound sadness that we announce the passing of Elisabeth Stevens on October 24th, 2023 after surviving through a century of struggles and triumphs. A celebration of her life will be held at a future date. Born in Bratislava, Czechoslovakia on November 14th, 1920, Elisabeth lost both of her parents, Paul and Apolonia Metzl by the time she was two and a half years old. She was raised by her grandmother and aunt, both of whom were widowed and thus working to also support Elisabeth's two cousins and older brother. Elisabeth began working at age 14 to help support her family and then a few years later, endured the occupation of her country by the Third Reich and the chaos of the Second World War. At the war's end, following a harrowing escape from the Russians coming into Czechoslovakia, she found safety in the area controlled by the Western Allies. Elisabeth began a new life in West Germany working at a US Air-Base and it was there that she met her husband Stanley Stevens, a Technical Representative working for a US Military Contractor. They had one child, Fritz, and moved to the United States less than a year following his birth.
After her husband's temporary assignments in Watertown, New York and Warner-Robbins, Georgia, Elisabeth and her family settled down in Southern California for the next 55 years, enjoying the stability and comforts of American suburban life, before moving to Oregon to live with her son. Elisabeth loved Oregon as it reminded her of the green forests and countryside of her childhood. She spent the last years of her life enjoying her lifelong passion for cooking things up in the kitchen, from traditional German and Hungarian dishes to standard American fare. She was still cooking at age 102. Raised within the Lutheran tradition of Christianity, Elisabeth found solace in her Faith. She is survived by her son Fritz and predeceased by her parents and older brother, Paul. Three other siblings, Susana, Hedwig and Karl died in infancy before Elisabeth's birth. Elisabeth outlived most of her friends and relatives but for the few who are left, she has been an inspiration for her will to survive and overcome adversity. She is loved and will be truly and deeply missed.