Family and friends celebrated the life of Marie Adelheid Krischke Fajkus, who was born on Dec. 5, 1926 and went home to be with the Lord on Friday, Feb. 5, 2021 at the age of 94. She suffered a severe stroke just seven days prior to her death.
Marie was preceded in death by her parents, Felix and Adelheid Krischke; husband, Bennie Fajkus; brother, Rudy Krischke and wife Emily; brother, Joe Krischke and wife Annie Joe; sister, Matilda Rose and husband Henry; sisters, Elizabeth Krischke and Estelle Krischke; sister, Frances Anderle and husband Alois; nephew, Mark Anderle; sister, Janet Muras; and her son, Donald L. Fischer.
She is survived by one sister, Henrietta Konarik S Mueck; brother-in-law, Frank Muras; daughter, Patricia Griste and husband Charles; son, Robert Fajkus and wife Lynda; son, Larry Fajkus; and daughterin-law, Kathi Fischer. Surviving grandchildren are Michelle Erasco Fajkus and husband Bladimer Erasco, Paul Fajkus, Barrett Fischer and wife Jennifer, Kevin Griste, Lisa Fajkus, and Jason Griste and wife Taylor. Great-grandchildren are Jaylee and Weston Griste, Jade Erasco Fajkus, and Braelynn and Hope Fischer. She is also survived by numerous nieces and nephews.
Marie met the love of her life, Bennie Frank Fajkus, on a blind date and married him on Dept. 16. 1950. Bennie died in 1996 after being married to Marie for 46 years. They raised three wonderful children. They lived in Houston and Katy during those 46 years. While living there, Marie enjoyed bowling on many leagues, winning multiple trophies for her high scores. She worked as a school cafeteria pastry chef and later became the cafeteria manager at the new middle school in Katy.
After Bennie’s death, Marie moved back to Schulenburg to be near her family and friends. Marie loved to bake, crochet, quilt and read. Her lifetime love was listening to polkas and going to dances. She loved country life. But most of all, she loved being with her family. Marie was a devout Catholic and was committed to her Catholic faith. While in Schulenburg and Houston, she was an active member of the altar societies at her parishes. Marie was a very competitive player of dominoes, cards, bingo and all games. Marie spent her last years at Schulenburg Regency Nursing Center, where she made many new friends. There, she was reunited with old schoolmates, siblings and past friends. Marie was known for her laughter, jokes and being well-dressed. But most of all, she was so proud of her children and grand- to great-grandchildren.
“We will all miss her and her big smile,” her family writes. “Marie, dance some polkas for us!”