Marie Josephine Pastusek
1918 - 2017
Former Iowa Park resident Marie Josepine Pastusek, 98, died July 3, 2017 in Fort Worth.
Mass of Christian Burial was held at Our Mother of Mercy Catholic Church, and entombment was in Moore Memorial Gardens.
Marie was born on Sept. 17, 1918, at the Knezek family farm in Archer County to John Peter and Mary Krenek Knezek. She graduated as valedictorian of the Westover High School in 1936. She attended Draughans Business College and was employed by the Texas Highway Department in Wichita Falls. She and Wesley Raymond “Pat” Pastusek were married on Sept. 5, 1939.
The couple established their first home in Henrietta where Pat was working for Texas Electric (now TXU). They also lived in Archer City before Pat was assigned by TXU to Iowa Park, where the couple bought a small farm. In Iowa Park, Marie worked for the high school,the Chamber of Commerce, Wichita County Fair, and as a notary for the County Tax Assessor. In 1965 they moved to Fort Worth where Pat was reassigned by TXU, and Marie was employed by the Retail Merchants Association until she retired.
Pat and Marie had seven children of their own, and in 1979 Pat’s brother and sister-in-law died leaving three school age children that the couple took care of as their own until they were grown.
Marie was preceded in death by her husband of 66 years who died in 2005; daughter Frances Findley; two sons, Edward and Wesley; granddaughter, Hope Elizabeth Pastusek; sisters and brothers, Edward Knezek, Ernest Knezek, Janie Knezek Vacker Vacek, Leo George Knezek, and Raymond Benjamin Knezek.
Survivors include a brother, Robert Knezek; children, Col. (USAF-Ret) Bob Pastusek,Mike Pastusek, Betty Phipps, Paul Pastusek; 12 grandchildren; and 22 great-grandchildren.