We are deeply sorry for your loss - the staff at Harper-Talasek Funeral Home
Seiko Fojtasek, age 91 of Temple, passed from this life Saturday, August 6, 2022, at Baylor Scott & White Hospital in Temple. Funeral services will be held at 10 am Tuesday, August 16, 2022, at Ocker Brethren Church in Zabcikville, Texas. A time of visitation will be held from 5-7 pm Monday, August 15, 2022, at Harper-Talasek Funeral Home in Temple.
Seiko was born on December 8, 1930, to Katsuma and Tsubomi Sakamoto in Hishigata, Kamoto, Kumamoto, Japan. She met Emil Raymond Fojtasek, Jr., “Junior,” while he was in the Navy and stationed in Japan, and they married in Yokohama, Japan on July 24, 1951. She left her home, family, and country to follow her husband during his career with the Navy. After Japan, Junior was transferred to Hawaii where their first son, Marvin, was born, then to Washington where their daughter, Pat, and son, Neil, were born. During Junior’s next assignment, Seiko lived with his parents in Temple, TX, where their third son, Glenn, was born. The next assignment was to California, where their fourth son, Ronnie, was born, followed by North Bend, Oregon and then a ship homeported in San Diego, California. Junior retired from the Navy in 1968 and moved the family to his hometown, Temple, TX, where he was born and raised. Junior died in a car accident in 1970 and Seiko raised her 5 children alone, working in a sewing factory, hospital laundry, and on a Texas Instruments assembly line to support them. After retiring from Texas Instruments, she served as a “sewing lady” in the VA Hospital volunteer sewing room for over 20 years, donating over 2,700 hours of her time. Being able to help the patients who lived there by repairing their clothes made her happy and gave her a great sense of fulfillment. Seiko was a member of Cross Church on Birdcreek and was active in the Christian Sisters church group for many years. She enjoyed sewing, crocheting, knitting, gardening, quilting, and was an avid fan of the Dallas Cowboys. She also liked watching the Houston Texans and Texas A&M games, watching tennis, sumo wrestling, and TVJapan, walking, playing Mah Jong, and playing cards at the Senior Center. Seiko loved to eat sashimi and cook and eat other Japanese foods, Taco Bell, fried chicken, and pizza. She expressed her love for her kids by cooking their favorite things when they visited.
Seiko was preceded in death by her father, Katsuma Sakamoto in 1940; mother, Tsubomi Sakamoto in 1996; husband, Emil Raymond Fojtasek, Jr. in 1970; brothers, Kazunori in 2022, Satoshi in 1947, and Ryoichi in 2022; sister, Katsuyo in 2017, and grandson, John Charles Conners in 1973.
Those left to honor and cherish her memory are her sons, Marvin Fojtasek and wife, Cathy, Neil Fojtasek and wife, Yvonne, Glenn Fojtasek, and Ronnie Fojtasek and wife, Toni; daughter, Pat McCollough and husband, Kevin; 10 grandchildren, Sara Stringer, Michael Fojtasek, Patricia Oehlke, Chrystal Stewart, Geoffrey Fojtasek, Bryan Fojtasek, Zachary Fojtasek, Pamela Fojtasek, James Fojtasek, and Alex Fojtasek; and 15 Great-Grandchildren.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Cross Church on Birdcreek; 2202 Birdcreek Drive, Temple, TX 76502.
Special thanks to the staff of Baylor Scott & White Health Center Temple for the care, comfort and support they gave during this difficult time.