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Marianne Fauk (nee Bahrke)

06/09/1948 - 06/18/2020

On June 18, 2020, Marianne Fauk (née Bahrke) passed away peacefully in her sleep with her sister and husband at her side. Marianne was born the second of five children to Milton and Marcy (Herbst) Bahrke on June 9, 1948, in Oshkosh, WI. She grew up in Allenville and graduated from Winneconne High School class of 1966. Growing up in a small community, she made many friends whom she cherished throughout her life. After graduating, she attended beauty school and became a beautician.

Marianne married Donald Fauk on May 13, 1972. After having their son, Derek, Marianne took time off to become a full-time mom. Being a mom was Marianne’s proudest endeavor, and she treasured the time she spent with Derek. After returning to work, she spent 25 years working for Hardee’s restaurants of Oshkosh before retiring in 2013.

In addition to being a diehard Badger and Brewer fan and proud Green Bay Packer owner, Marianne enjoyed traveling and spending time with family and friends. Among her most memorable times were girl’s trips to New York City and San Diego, and her retirement trip to Hawaii with all her brothers and sisters in attendance. But most of all, she enjoyed her annual ski trips to Crested Butte, Colorado, staying at the same lodge and meeting friends from around the country. After one too many ski injuries, she had to put her skis aside, but she continued to tag along with her husband and son to visit with those friends she made over the years.

Later in life, Marianne faced health complications from a cancer battle that she had won many years before. Through it all, Marianne never lost her will to fight and to continue to do the things she loved most in life.

In addition to being survived by her husband Donald of Oshkosh, WI, and son Derek of Salt Lake City, UT, she is survived by her brothers Doug Bahrke (Valarie) of Winneconne, WI, and Dennis (Deb) Bahrke of Winneconne, WI; sisters Sue (Jay) Konetzke of Winneconne, WI, and Terri Lou (Jack) Richardson of Oshkosh, WI; and sister-in-law Linda (John) Dunzik of Bradenton, FL. Also surviving her are her nieces and nephews: Tamara (Ed) Stander, Samantha (grandniece Katarina) and Harrison Bahrke, Benjamin, Katie and Lauren May Konetzke, Andrew and Laura Dunzik, and Steve and Jeff Fauk.

Marianne was preceded in death by her mother and father; mother-in-law, Loraine Sweeney; father-in-law Orval “Buck” Sweeney; brother-in-law Ronald Fauk; and her beloved aunts and uncles.

Our family would like to extend our deepest appreciation to Dr. Bannon, Dr Hebert, and the nurses and staff who cared for Marianne at Mayo Clinic, and to Amanda and Malinda from Aurora who cared for Marianne at home. Your dedication and compassion are second to none and will be remembered forever.

A visitation for family and friends will be on Thursday, July 16, 2020, from 10:00a.m. to noon at St. Mary Catholic Church, 210 Pleasant Dr. Winneconne. Per church requirements, those in attendance will have their temperature taken, masks are required, and social distancing will be put into effect. A funeral Mass will be held at noon at the church with Fr. Jerry Pastors officiating. Inurnment will be in St. Thomas Cemetery, town of Poygan.

In lieu of flowers, a memorial for Mayo Clinic will be established in Marianne’s name.

Marianne, your long struggle has come to an end. My heart has been broken, but you are finally at peace and your burden has been lifted. I will love you always. Until we meet again, Don.

If you wish please submit online condolences to muellerfh.net.

Greg and Carolyn Maxwell wrote on July 16, 2020
Don, Our thoughts are with you.

Rob Lewis wrote on July 15, 2020
My deepest sympathies to the Bahrke and Fauk families.

Gary & Jeannine johnson wrote on July 14, 2020
Our deepest sympathy goes out to the Bahrke family. Marianne was the most courages and positive person. She will be deeply missed, but her memories will never be forgotten. May God bless this special lady. Our thoughts and prayers are with her.

David Borsuk wrote on July 12, 2020
Don, please accept my deepest sympathies David

Bunnie & Jerry Lenz wrote on July 11, 2020
So sorry for your loss Donny. We send our deepest sympathies. .

Tom and Barb Noe wrote on July 8, 2020
Donnie, Derek, Teri and Sue Marianne was an amazing woman, her strength was 2nd to none, with all she had going on with herself, she never failed to be a listening ear and a supportive shoulder when I needed her last year via messenger on fb, her little green light was on most of the time night and day, and I knew if it was at night it usually ment she was still online and was unable to sleep, a couple times we had our best chats then. I will miss that little lady, racquetball wing night was always a good time ,I knew shed always have something entertaining to say, she was a doll!! RIP you will be missed!!

Lucine Rieckmann(Thiex) wrote on June 30, 2020
With deepest sympathy. MaryAnne was my best friend in younger years. My grandparents lived near her folks in Allenville. We spent a lot of time together back then.

Jodi Wheaton wrote on June 28, 2020
My condolences to Marianne's family during this difficult time. I worked with her at Hardee's as her assistant manager for many years. My thoughts and prayers are with you all.

Neal Marshall wrote on June 26, 2020
Doug and Val sorry. For your loss of your sister May she Rest In Peace

Mike Holschbach wrote on June 25, 2020
Donny, I'm SO sorry for your loss. You have are in my thoughts and prayers.

Sean Wood wrote on June 23, 2020
My condolences to all during this difficult time.

Pamela Nemeth wrote on June 23, 2020
Dear Don, I will always remember Marianne with a smile on her face and such a happy energy surrounding her; my wonderful memories. My heart goes out to you, Derek and her family.

Gregory and Barbara Postl wrote on June 23, 2020
Don, I'm very sorry for your loss

The California Bahrkes wrote on June 23, 2020
You will always be a very special niece and cousin, Marianne. We have lots of fond memories of our trips to Wisconsin, playing with cousins, bbq’s in the driveway and card games in the carport. As you join your dad and mom in Heaven, give them hugs from Uncle Harold and the cousins. Be sure to give our mom, your Aunt Carol, a loving kiss from all of us. ??

John Achterberg wrote on June 22, 2020
My sympathy to her family during this time.

Becky Ryf wrote on June 22, 2020
Don and Family: I had the great pleasure of knowing Marianne since high school (My sister was in her class and I was a little younger). I was included in the women of her class's get togethers. Marianne was kind, funny, and was a pleasure to be around. I am so sorry for you loss and you have my deepest sympathies. She will be missed.