Marylan "Joe" Herman Fauser
June 23, 1928 - April 4, 2017
Marylan “Joe” Fauser passed away peacefully Tuesday, April 4, at his home in Keizer, Oregon. He was 88 years old. Born June 23, 1928 in the Olney section of Philadelphia, Joe was the third of four surviving children of Edward and Emily Obrecht Fauser.
Joe was preceded in death by the love of his life, Louise Theresa Settembrino, with whom he was married for 52 years before her passing in 2007. Together they raised three children.
Joe’s career as a mechanical technician allowed him to work on some now-historical projects. While with Vertol Aircraft Co., he helped build a “banana shaped” two-rotor helicopter, a predecessor of the Chinook later purchased by Boeing. While working at the Philadelphia Navy Yard, he was on the crew that built the USS Kittyhawk. His longest tenure was with General Electric Space Systems in King of Prussia, PA, where he worked on projects that ranged from missiles and satellites including Landsat-D, and subcontracts from NASA that included the galley and toilet used in the space shuttle program.
Joe and Louise enjoyed square dancing. They joined several square dance clubs, including a camping/square dance club, combining two of their passions. They attended two National Square Dance Conventions, one near home in Philadelphia and another involving a cross country camping trip in Portland OR.
Joe also enjoyed gardening. He cultivated a vegetable garden in the small back yard of their house in Philadelphia, recruiting the kids to collect leaves for his first composting experiment. The garden grew in size with the space they had when they moved from Philadelphia to Honey Brook, PA. Friends and family were often gifted bags of tomatoes, peppers, and eggplant.
Joe enjoyed working with his hands and used that talent for many special projects. When a friend became confined to a wheelchair as a result of MS, Joe built a lift so his wife could easily get him in and out of the house. Friends and family were often presented with handmade gifts. He always loved woodworking, and in his retirement years made toy trucks, cars, trains, planes, and one very special doll house. His last, and still ambitious, project was a series of butcher-block end-grain cutting boards he made in a close partnership with his son, Charles Chuck.
Joe moved from Honey Brook, PA to Keizer, OR in 2015.
Joe was preceded in death by his parents Edward Sr. and Emily Obrecht, his brothers Warren and Edward Jr., and his sister Miriam “Dolly”; and his wife Louise.
Joe is survived by his son Ed and daughter-in-law Joan of Philadelphia; son Chuck and daughter-in-law Karen of Keizer, Oregon; his daughter Marlene of Clermont, Florida; three grandchildren - Ryan, Gabriel, and Kirsten; and many nieces and nephews.
A memorial service will be held at 1:30pm on Monday, April 17, at Our Saviors Lutheran Church, 1770 Baxter Road SE, Salem, OR. An interment ceremony will be held at a later date at Living God Lutheran Church in Honey Brook, PA.