May 25, 1919 - July 12, 2020
Marion Jurek (ISTWAN) passed away on July 12, 2020 at the age of 101. Marion is survived by her five children; Marian – Ginger Markwardt, Debbie Haskell and husband Mark, William Jurek, Richard Jurek and wife Julie, Gail French and husband Jeff. She is preceded in death by her husband of 47 years, William Martin Jurek II. She is also preceded in death by her two sisters; Helen Villamizar and Judith Mikan. She is survived by nine grandchildren, Chris Haskell, Will Haskell, Kruger Markwardt, Andrew Jurek, Madeline Jurek, Kyle French, Kelli French, Bryson French and Will Jurek, and one great grandchild, Owen Haskell. Born on May 25, 1919 to Josephine and Louis Istwan in New York City, Marion grew up in Owosso, Michigan and attended the Central School walking to and from school each day in the snow and coming home most days for lunch as well. She loved the snow. She followed her sister, Helen to New York City when she was 16, and worked on the switchboard for Longevin where she met her husband, Bill Jurek, an engineer there. They married in New York City on June 30, 1945. They lived in a brownstone in Brooklyn, and their first child, Ginger, was born. They had four more children after moving to Dallas, Texas where Bill’s parents lived. They had a family business of owning and renting out apartments. Marion and Bill inherited the business when his parents passed away in the early 1960’s. They purchased more apartment buildings after that. Marion was on site collecting rents while raising five children. Bill worked for Texas Instruments for 35 years. Marion enjoyed spending time in her vegetable garden and cooking healthy meals for her family. She also liked to play piano, golf and bridge in her limited free time. She swam laps for 30 years at the local ymca. She survived breast cancer at the age of 75, and after that, bought a condo in New Mexico and learned how to ski. She grew up speaking Slovak, and English was her second language. She also took several years of Spanish courses. She attended Christ the King Catholic Church with her children. Just as she could navigate the subways of New York City with ease, Marion knew the highways around Dallas like the back of her hand. As a family we packed up the Vista Cruiser every summer and drove to Michigan to visit her mom and dad as well as her sister and her children. She always had her bag packed, ready to fly around the world or try her luck at the nearby casinos. She enjoyed having people around, and enjoyed life with her children who kept her young. She celebrated her birthdays with big parties at her house when she was 80, 90, 100 and 101. Marion had a full life. Her wish to pass away at home was granted on July 12, 2020
A Memorial Service for family and friends will be held when it is safe to do so,
given pandemic restrictions.
In lieu of flowers, contributions in her memory can be made to
Christ the King Catholic Church.