Hedy Helen Anastopulos Fackelman, 91, died July 28, 2017 in Abilene at local medical facility. There will be a private family Entombment. The visitation will be Sunday, July 30, 2017 from 2 pm to 4pm at Elmwood Funeral Home, 5750 Hwy 277 South.
She was born at Parkland Hospital in Dallas, March 16, 1926 to Peter H. Anastopulos and Ella Grace Cassel Anastopulos. She was raised by her stepfather, Harvey L. Smith. She graduated from Brownwood High School and attended Howard Payne University. She worked during WWII at Camp Bowie in Brownwood, Texas.
After the war Hedy married Martin J. Fackelman. They had two daughters, Gail (David) Jackson Smith, of De Kalb, Tx. And Laura Fackelman, of Abilene, Tx; three grandsons, Nic (Nikki) Jackson, of Dallas, Case (Mystal) Jackson, of Boerne, Tx, and Gavin ( Angie ) Jackson, of Fredericksburg, Tx; seven great grandchildren, Ashley, Hannah, Garrison, Kamry, Hailee, Deagan, and Analyn Jackson.
When Hedy lived in Denver, Colorado, she was on the nominating board for Miss America as she had been a contestant herself and also a Judge. She was “Woman of the Year” in her sorority. She won 7th place in the world competition with her shorthand. She also taught at Commercial College of Abilene and was a dedicated Baptist.
She was the branch manager of Kelly Services for 27 years in Abilene and retired when she was 80. She was very active in the Abilene Chamber of Commerce and a member of the Redcoats for over 27 years.
She was preceded in death by her husband of 65 years, her father, her mother, step father, three brothers, and one sister.
In lieu of flowers the family request donations to be made to Shiner’s Children Hospital or their favorite charity.
Our family all loved Hedi. She was a beautiful lady that will be greatly missed..Our love and prayers are with you all!
Ray and France's HoweAbilene, TX
So sorry I was not able to come to visitation; however I wanted the family to know how very much I thought of Hedy. My first encounter with this beautiful lady was when I was a student at Commercial Business College. She and Mr. Fackelman were so nice and made me feel so welcome there. I was a small town girl from Rule, Texas and was a little lost. They made me feel that I belonged there. Many years later she walked in my office where I worked and she actually remembered me. She was such an amazing lady and I know she will be missed by so many who loved her as I did.
Brenda CastleberryAbilene, TX