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Ernestine Fagan, mother of Father George Fagan, dies at age 100


11/20/2020 | Comments

COLORADO SPRINGS. Ernestine Hudak Fagan died Nov. 1 at age 100. Her son, Father George Fagan, celebrated a Mass of Christian Burial on Nov. 10. Burial followed in the U.S. Air Force Academy Cemetery.

Fagan was born on Feb. 6, 1920, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, to John T. Hudak and the former Ernestine Marshik. She was a graduate of the Philadelphia High School for Girls, Temple University, and the Drexel University School of Library Science. She was employed as a librarian at Villanova University (1942-1943) and in the Philadelphia Public School System (1943-1949).

She was married for 69 years to Air Force Brigadier General George V. Fagan, who died in 2012. She moved to Aurora in 1955, when her husband became a member of the original faculty of the U.S. Air Force Academy at its temporary site in Denver. The Fagan family moved to the academy’s permanent site near Colorado Springs when it opened in 1958. After most of her children were grown, she returned to work as the librarian for the Colorado School for the Deaf and Blind in Colorado Springs from 1967 to 1978.

Fagan volunteered for many community activities in Colorado. While living in Aurora, she was the founding president of the St. Therese Catholic School PTA, director of the CCD Program, Parish Safety Chairman, Girl Scout Leader and Cub Scout Den Mother. She was also a member of the Denver Archdiocesan Council of Catholic Women and served as the Catholic Foreign Relief Chairman for the State of Colorado.

At the Air Force Academy, she was founding president of the Catholic Ladies Sodality, first treasurer of the Officers Wives Club, neighborhood chairman of the Wagon Wheel Council of the Girl Scouts, and founding librarian of the patients’ library at the Air Force Academy Hospital.

In Colorado Springs, where she lived after her husband’s retirement from the Air Force in 1970, Mrs. Fagan was founding librarian for the Horticultural Art Society and a member of the League of Women Voters, the American Association of University Women, and the Women’s Educational Society of Colorado College.

In addition to her husband, Fagan was preceded in death by her two brothers, John T. Hudak III and Richard J. Hudak. She is survived by four sons: Father Fagan, a retired priest of the Diocese of Colorado Springs, William J. Fagan of Cheyenne, Wyoming, John E. Fagan of Reston, Virginia, and Terence P. (Renny) Fagan of Golden; one daughter, Ernestine (Tina) Barber of Springfield, Virginia; five grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.


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