obit: Joe J. Fabian Jr.
Posted: January 15, 2013
Joe J. Fabian Jr., 86, of Schulenburg died at St. David's Hospital in Austin on Sunday, Jan. 6 after suffering a stroke on Tuesday morning, Jan. 1.
The funeral was held at St. Mary Church in High Hill on Thursday, Jan. 10 at 10 a.m., with the Rev. Tim Kosler officiating. Interment took place at the St. Mary Catholic Cemetery at High Hill, with full military honors. Pallbearers were grandsons Joseph Strack, David Petrie, Stephen Strack, Kyle Fabian, Michael Strack and Matthew Fabian.
Offertory gifts were carried by Kate Fabian and Andrew Fabian. Readings were by Laura Strack and Rachel Petrie. Eucharistic minister was niece Janice Busselmann. Altar server was godson Anthony Prihoda. Beautiful music was provided by St. Mary Church choir led by Denise Trojacek. A combined parish and St. Joseph Society rosary was held on Wednesday, Jan. 9.
Born on Aug. 31, 1926 at Wheelock, he was the son of Joe J. Sr. and Cecilia Turner Fabian. He grew up in the Hallettsville area during the Depression and attended Sacred Heart School. As the oldest son, he began working at a very young age to help his father support the family, including working at his uncle Henry's Texaco station. At age 17, he entered the Navy and served on a repair vessel during the last part of World War II. He attained the rank of seaman second class. On June 7, 1958, he married Ruth Zweschper at St. Mary Church in High Hill. He worked as a carpenter throughout his life, including 11 years at NASA where he was part of the Apollo program. His love for building continued into retirement. Recently, he had built a large walk-in aviary for his much-loved ring-neck doves which would eat out of his hand. He also enjoyed tending a small flock of chickens and caring for the family pets. He was a member of the Roman Catholic Church, American Legion, St. Joseph Society and Hallettsville Golf Association.
Mr. Fabian's favorite hobbies were fishing and golfing. He relished the fact that his grandson who played varsity golf had never managed to beat him. The porch swing was a favorite place to enjoy a cup of coffee and conversation. He fished locally and enjoyed trips to the coast with his sons and brother-in-law. He also greatly enjoyed Thursday domino games. “Joe was a generous giver and took great joy in bestowing gifts to family and friends,” his family writes. “He was much loved by all who knew him and had a smile for everyone – he never met a stranger. Most of all he was a loving father. He took the time to teach his sons what it means to be a man. He will be greatly missed by family and friends.”
Survivors include his wife; two daughters, Teresa Strack and husband Russell of Magnolia, and Alice Petrie and husband John of Millstadt, Ill.; four sons, Charles Fabian and wife Donna of Huntsville, Kenneth Fabian and wife Carol of Montgomery, Richard Fabian of Bryan and Patrick Fabian of Schulenburg; and five sisters, Shirley Speckman of Cascade, Colo., Ruth Tappe of Rosenberg, Pauline Woodson of Midfield, Nell Marxsen of Mount Pleasant and Mary Ann Kays of Cross Lane, W.Va.; a brother, Robert Fabian of Hallettsville. His 11 grandchildren are Matthew and Andrew Fabian; Joseph, Laura, Stephen and Michael Strack; Kyle and Kate Fabian; and Jessica, David and Rachel Petrie.
Preceding him in death were his parents; a daughter, Barbara, in 1990; and a sister, Annie Hale.
Schwenke-Baumgarten Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.