Posted: Tue 6:48 AM, Jul 10, 2018
Naomi Paula Steege Fackler, the beloved wife of John P. Fackler, Jr., Ph.D. passed away peacefully on July 5, 2018. Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, July 11, at Klein Funeral Home in Magnolia. Services are set for 11 a.m. Thursday, July 12, at Lord of Life Lutheran Church in The Woodlands.
Born in New York City, September 30, 1935, she was the daughter of the Rev. Martin Th. Steege and Lucie (Cloeter) Steege. Naomi completed her Master of Library Science degree at the University of Texas in 1986. She loved library work and was a librarian in the Medical Sciences library at Texas A&M University until she retired in 1996. She established a library at Our Saviour's Lutheran Church in College Station in their new church building and remained its librarian until moving to the Woodlands in 2014. She continued her love of reading, especially mysteries, until her death, with her last trip to the library a few days before she died resulting in five new books (to be read in heaven).
Naomi's help with those in need in College Station resulted in her working for many years with an intellectually impaired woman who was active in the Special Olympics, and a "down and out" gentleman who lived in the mission shelter. Naomi also volunteered with the League of Women Voters both in Ohio and in Texas and worked in Bryan to establish a Dispute Resolution Center. Naomi also loved to sing and was in choirs from college days until she could no longer manage it a year or two ago. Naomi's entire life was dedicated to the welfare of family, friends, and those in need in the community and church. She will be deeply missed by family, church families, friends and the communities she so lovingly served. We are all grateful to have had her as a spouse, mother and friend.
She is preceded in death by her daughter, Cheryl Ruth Fackler Hug, in 2013; and her sister, Joanne Einersen, in 2015.
She is survived by her husband of 61 years, and their children, Dr. Katherine Grace Fackler Chapman of Geneva IL, Karla Sue Fackler Grafton of Hartford CT, Dr. John Martin Fackler of The Woodlands, TX and Dorothy Louise Fackler of Houston, TX. She is also survived by a sister, Rhoda R. Kriesel; and brothers, Martin T. ("Ted") Steege, and Dr. John F. Steege. Naomi cherished nine wonderful grandchildren, Jenna M. L. Chapman, Ian M. J. Chapman, Andrew M. Fackler Grafton, Nicholas Wm. Fackler Hug, Rebekah E. Fackler Grafton, Colin M. Fackler Hug, Danielle K. Fackler Grafton, Ava C. Fackler and Owen S. Fackler.
In lieu of flowers, remembrances may be made to: Valparaiso University; Lutheran World Relief; Lord of Life Lutheran Church Pastor's Discretionary Fund; Special Olympics Heart of East Texas; Our Saviour's Lutheran Building Fund in College Station; Brazos Valley Symphony Orchestra in Bryan or, Interfaith of The Woodlands.
Arrangements are entrusted to Klein Funeral Home in Magnolia. Leave condolences at www.kleinfh.com.