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Agnes Clara Fulnecky


1938 - 2016 Obituary Condolences
Agnes Clara Fulnecky Obituary
POQUOSON - Agnes Clara Fulnecky, 77, died Wednesday, May 18, 2016 at Riverside Medical Center, surrounded by her loving family. Agnes was born on December 26, 1938 in Newell, South Dakota to Lukas and Elizabeth (née Werlinger) Bachmeier. She grew up and attended schools in Sturgis, South Dakota. Agnes met Karl Fulnecky, a young airman from South Bend, Indiana, at a Newman Club in a church in Rapid City, South Dakota. Karl was stationed at Ellsworth Air Force Base at the time and Agnes was working in a local bank after attending Black Hills Business College. Married in 1959, the Fulneckys embarked on a thirty-plus-year career in the Air Force, enduring seventeen moves and a year's separation during Karl's time in Vietnam. Poquoson residents since 1978, Agnes and Karl became model citizens of the growing city. Agnes worked as a teacher's aide for learning-disabled kindergarten children in York County at Grafton Bethel Elementary School, retiring herself after 26 years in 2004. She was an active volunteer in support of Saint Kateri Tekakwitha Catholic Church, working on the parish social ministry and volunteering at the Parish Thrift Shop. Agnes, with her loving touch, did flower arrangements for the church for many years. Preceding Agnes in death were her parents, four sisters and a brother. She is survived by her loving husband of 56 years, Karl; their son Charles and wife, Yan, from Manhattan, New York; daughter Mary Lee Kibbey and husband, Don, from Fredericksburg, Virginia; and daughter Katherine Stolarski and husband Larry, from Williamsburg, Virginia. Also surviving Agnes are her brothers Luke Bachmeier and wife, Joan; and Raymond Bachmeier, both from Sturgis, South Dakota.; and brother Joseph Bachmeier from Oregon. Their five grandchildren are Justin (Australia) and Danielle Stolarski (Williamsburg), Jonathan Kibbey from Fredericksburg, and Zoë and Iain Fulnecky from Manhattan, New York. Agnes will be sorely missed by her family and by the multitude of friends throughout the United States that she cultivated over the years. She will be remembered for her tremendous strength of character and generosity. She epitomized the idea of giving the shirt off your back. Agnes was an avid world traveler. In addition to their tour in Great Britain, she visited Italy, Greece, and China, and traveled across the US and Canada in a recreational vehicle with Karl. She was a consummate hostess, painstakingly decorating their home for holidays, and cooking a wonderful potpourri of dishes for friends and family. She loved to entertain, participate in House Church, and play Bunko. In addition to cooking, Agnes had many talents that she applied to a variety of hobbies including jewelry-making, sewing and quilting, gardening, and painting. Above all, Agnes was a devoted wife, mother, and grandmother, and a dedicated friend who was nourished by her Catholic faith and buoyed up by the love of so many who will miss her deeply. The family will receive visitors at Claytor Rollins Funeral Home, Poquoson, from seven to eight-thirty a.m. on Monday, May 23. Reverend Robert "Bob" Spencer will celebrate a Mass of the Resurrection at eleven a.m. on Tuesday, May 24 at Saint Kateri Tekakwitha Catholic Church, Tabb, followed by a luncheon reception at the church. Agnes's ashes will be interred in the St. Kateri Tekakwitha columbarium. The family asks that no flowers be brought to the church, and, in lieu of flowers, they encourage donations (or volunteer hours) to the Poquoson Parish Thrift Shop (P.O Box 2019, Poquoson, VA 23662) or contributions sent to the Saint Kateri Tekakwitha Building Fund, care of 3800 Big Bethel Road, Tabb, VA 23693. Online condolences to claytorrollins.com .
Published in Daily Press on May 22, 2016
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