Frederick John Moczygemba was called home to the Lord on Saturday, August 18, 2018. Fred was born on July 19, 1929 in Cestohowa to the late Sylvester and Geneva Broll Moczygemba. Fred lived in Pleasanton since 1957.
Fred is survived by his daughter Patricia Warnken (husband James, children Ryan and Taylor) and son Ronald Moczygemba (wife Debbie from Victoria, children Charles and Jennifer, both of Austin). He is also survived by two sisters Gladys Pollack (John) from San Antonio and Rita Kolodziej (Earnest) from Kosciusko, and four greatgrandchildren, and fourteen nieces and nephews.
He is preceded in death by his parents, his loving wife of 48 years, Olivia Zidek Moczygemba, and his sister Lillian Janik (Poth).
Fred was raised in Poth. He served honorably in the U. S. Army where he was stationed at Fort Bliss (El Paso) and later in Chicago. After his marriage to Olivia in 1953 the couple lived on his family’s Poth farm located on the San Antonio River where he raised various crops. Fred also helped his father build houses in Poth. In 1957 the couple, along with their three year old daughter and two year old son moved to Pleasanton where Fred worked for Hurley Auto Parts for 4 years and then Pleasanton Equipment Company (John Deere) for 29 years. It was in 1957 after they moved to Pleasanton that his wife Olivia was stricken with polio which left her arms paralyzed. Fred graciously accepted his new role in providing loving personal care for Olivia for 44 years until her death in 2001. Olivia’s handicap also required Fred to double-up his parental role in raising two small children until they were able to be contributors in household chores. Fred also found time to be actively involved in St. Andrew Catholic Church where he was lecturer, Eucharistic Minister, Director of CCD classes for several years, and active in parish festivals. Fred was an active member of Knights of Columbus for over 50 years. Fred also built two houses mostly by himself for his family over the years.
After Olivia’s death in 2001 Fred’s caregiving continued by volunteering to help local elderly people in poor health in many ways such as taking them to doctor’s appointments, repairing their wheelchairs or scooters, fixing issues at their house or just kindly taking them to lunch every now and then. The Chamber of Commerce in Pleasanton awarded Fred the Senior Citizen of the Year Award in 2004 for his exemplary caregiving he gave to others.
Through all his giving of himself to family and others Fred still found time to pursue his real passion which was to fix broken stuff. He was an excellent shade tree mechanic, chain saw mechanic, and studied hundreds of hours to become a TV/Radio repairman before the digital age. Fred also loved to dance, gardened and learned to play the accordion.
Visitation will be conducted at Hurley Funeral Home in Pleasanton on Wednesday, August 22, 2018 from 2 – 9 p.m. with a rosary recited at 7 p.m. Funeral Mass will be celebrated at St. Andrew Catholic Church at 626 Market Street in Pleasanton on Thursday, August 23, 2018 at 9:30 AM followed by interment at St. Andrew Cemetery #2. Pallbearers for Fred’s service will be Ryan Warnken, Taylor Warnken, Charles Moczygemba, Thomas Kolodziej, Dwayne Kolodziej, and John Wayne Pollok. Honorary pallbearers: Kenny Zidek, Kevin Zidek, Roger Pollok and Jimmy Janik.