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Anita Brons Jarke (affectionately known as "Anita Grace") passed away on November 23, 2013 at the age of 82. Anita was born on February 21, 1931 in Ft. Wayne, Indiana to Richard and Meda Lee Brons. Anita attended Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic School in Chicago, Illinois. She met her soon to be husband, Norman Jarke, in Chicago and they were married in 1949. They raised 4 successful children: Richard B. Jarke (Phyllis) of Tulsa, Oklahoma; Robert N. Jarke (Teri) of San Antonio, Texas; Joseph M. Jarke of Austin, Texas and Carol J. Growney (James) of San Antonio, Texas. She leaves behind her 4 children, 7 grandsons and 2 granddaughters, 2 sisters Josephine Wheeler (Jim) and Lorry Baker (Guy.) She is preceded in death by her husband of 31 years, Norman C. Jarke, in 1980, 2 sisters Anne Kane and Edith O'Connell and 1 brother Tommy Brons.
Anita was a fabulous homemaker but her passion was food. Accomplished in the kitchen, no one could prepare a meal like Mom. Baking Christmas cookies was her favorite, but she could also barbecue a mean brisket and mercifully took that job away from our Dad, Norman. She was a wonderful wife to our father and together they enjoyed country western dancing, socializing with friends, watching football and sailing together at Canyon Lake. They are now together in heaven and hopefully rekindling their love for each other as well as sitting down to a good poker game.
Having beaten 2 separate cancers, Anita was a fighter and fiercely independent. Beyond raising 4 children, other responsibilities during her lifetime included working in a bakery as a wedding cake decorator, a substitute elementary school teacher, crossing guard and a full career to retirement at Southwestern Bell Telephone Company. Mom was always there for us, no matter what.
She loved her daughter-in-laws and son-m-in-law as if they were her own. She often mentioned that two of her favorite moments in her life were witnessing the birth of her last grandchild and celebrating her surprise 80th birthday with all her children, their spouses and all of her grandchildren together in the same room. Mom will be greatly missed. A celebration of her life will be held at a later date. Internment will be held at Ft. Sam Houston National Cemetery in February. Donations may be made in her name to the San Antonio Food Bank (www.safoodbank.org or San Antonio Food Bank, 5200 West Old US Highway 90, San Antonio, TX 78227) in lieu of flowers.
Published in Express-News on Dec. 5, 2013