Agnes Clara Fulnecky, 77, teacher’s aide at Grafton Bethel Elementary School for 26 years

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Agnes Clara Fulnecky
Agnes Clara Fulnecky

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, S.D., to Lukas and Elizabeth (née Werlinger) Bachmeier. She grew up and attended schools in Sturgis, S.D.

Agnes met Karl Fulnecky, a young airman from South Bend, Ind., at a Newman Club at a church in Rapid City, S.D. 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 30-plus-year career in the U.S. Air Force, enduring 17 moves and a year’s separation during Karl’s time in Vietman. 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 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 his wife, Yan, of Manhattan, N.Y.; daughters, Mary Lee Kibbey and her husband, Don, of Fredericksburg, Va., and Katherine Stolarski and her husband, Larry, of Williamsburg; brothers, Luke Bachmeier and his wife, Joan, and Raymond Bachmeier, all of Sturgis, S.D., and Joseph Bachmeier of Oregon; and five grandchildren, Justin (Australia) and Danielle Stolarski of Williamsburg, Jonathan Kibbey of Fredericksburg, and Zoë and Iain Fulnecky of Manhattan, N.Y.

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 U.S. and Canada in a recreational vehicle with Karl.

She was a consummate hostess, painstakingly decorating the family 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 from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Monday, May 23, at Claytor Rollins Funeral Home, Poquoson. The Rev. Robert ‘Bob’ Spencer will celebrate a Mass of the resurrection at 11 a.m. 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 at a later date.

The family asks that no flowers be brought to the church. In lieu of flowers, they encourage donations, or volunteer hours, to the Poquoson Parish Thrift Shop, P.O Box 2019, Poquoson, VA 23662. Contributions also may be sent to the Saint Kateri Tekakwitha Building Fund, 3800 Big Bethel Road, Tabb, VA 23693.

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