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Leonard C. Bajork Jr. Obituary
Leonard C. Bajork Jr Leonard C. Bajork Jr, beloved husband, father and grandfather, passed away peacefully surrounded by his family in his home in Austin Texas on Sunday, April 7, 2013. Len was born on December 30, 1935 in Chicago IL to Leonard and Harriet Bajork. He grew up in the heart of Chicago playing golf, swimming, and ice hockey. He earned a Bachelor's Degree at St Mary's in Winona MN where he met his beloved wife Elizabeth. He entered the U.S. Marine Corps and proudly served his country until they moved to a small town in Wisconsin to raise their four children. In Watertown, he continued the love of sports with his family and added cross-country skiing and camping on Lake Michigan. While he was in Wisconsin, he attended graduate school at the University of Wisconsin-Madison to study Labor Relations. After 18 years, he left the town he called his home. Len always believed that home is where your heart is and many of his friends and a piece of his heart still remain in Watertown. He moved the family to Houston, Texas where he accepted a position at Conoco Oil Inc. as their Director of Labor Relations. He stayed with Conoco until his retirement and continued work in labor relations consulting as a Labor Arbitrator until his time of death. Len had many passions in life. He had a love for education, history and historical figures, literature, inventions, politics, and the Catholic faith. The foundation of his being was his belief in God and the core of his being was his family and his beloved wife, Liz. He was a Patriarch of our family who taught us to prioritize our faith and forever and always, family comes first. He is survived by his wife, Elizabeth Bajork, his daughters Mary Elizabeth Marbach DDS and husband Mark, Katie and husband Edward Chafizadeh MD, Kristin and husband Ken Kroll MD, and son Paul. He has nine grandchildren: Mark Anthony, Lydia, and Suzanna Marbach; Teddy, Carly, Tommy, and Jenny Chafizadeh; and Katherine and Vivian Kroll. He is preceded in death by his father and mother Leonard and Harriet Bajork, his father and mother-in-law Tom and Marie Frost, his two sisters Ruth and Vivian, and his two brothers-in-law Pete Pavalko and Tom Juettner. Len's celebration of life will be on Monday April 22 at 1pm at St. Theresa's Catholic Church followed by a burial service with full military honors at Our Lady of the Rosary Cemetery in Georgetown, Texas. The family cordially invites friends to attend a reception before mass from 10:30 am-12:30 pm at the home of Ed and Katie Chafizadeh. The family would like to thank Shannon Cox MD, Jason Kaplan MD and Odyssey Hospice for their warm and loving care, which was a great comfort to Len and his family. Memorials may be made to St. Theresa's Catholic Church-Pro-Life Committee and Odyssey Hospice of Austin.

Published in Austin American-Statesman on Apr. 13, 2013
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