Dixie Oleta Ksiazek (nee Murray), 85, of Lorain, passed away Wednesday, December 5, 2012, at Mercy Regional Medical Center, as a result of a long battle with Parkinson’s disease. Her family was by her side when she drifted off to be with the Lord. Dixie was born to John T. and Elizabeth M. Murray of West Virginia on November 30, 1927. Though she was frail, she gave us all such courage and hope and reminded us of the preciousness of life. Her final days were spent surrounded by family and loved ones.
Dixie’s interests included family, gardening and sewing. She devoted much of her time and energy as a caregiver to family members and elderly in the Lorain area. Dixie had an unwavering faith in God. She was a member of the Church on the North Coast.
Her daughter Janette, lovingly cared for Dixie the last 12 years of her life. Dixie’s son, Stefan and daughter, Kimberly, also provided love, compassion and assistance with her care.
Survivors include her son, Stefan Ksiazek of North Ridgeville; daughters, Kimberly Cantwell (Timothy) of Cuyahoga Falls and Janette Ksiazek of Lorain; grandsons, Erik, Nickolas, and Brandon Ksiazek, Ryan (Molly) Cantwell, Austin (Lauren) Cantwell, and Garrett Cantwell; great granddaughter, Clara Cantwell; and sister, Eleanor Rice (John) of Morgantown, West Virginia; and many nieces and nephews.
Dixie was preceded in death by her husband, Kazimierz George Ksiazek after 51 years of marriage; two infant granddaughters; brothers, Delbert and John B. Murray; daughter-in-law, Kim Ksiazek (nee Brubaker); and her parents, John T. and Elizabeth Murray.
Friends may call Friday, December 7, 2012, from 6 until 8 P.M., at the Hempel Funeral Home, 373 Cleveland Ave., Amherst. Funeral services will be held Saturday, December 8, 2012, 11A.M., at the funeral home. Pastor Rick Young, of Liberty Baptist Church, will officiate. Burial will follow at Calvary Cemetery, Lorain.