March 12, 1930 ‒ March 04, 2020
Viktor Pajkert, age 89, peacefully passed away Wednesday, March 4, 2020, at Oak Grove Manor in Mansfield under the care of Hospice of North Central Ohio. He was blessed to have his wife Katie by his side as she has been for more than 64 years.
He was born in the former Yugoslavia on March 12, 1930, the son of Rudolph Pajkert. He was conscripted to serve in the Yugoslav People’s Army when he turned 18. At an afternoon tea and music event for youths, a beautiful young lady named Katica Bambach caught Viktor’s eye and the pair married in February of 1956 at Novi Sad, Yugoslavia. In 1960, they had their only child, a daughter they named Aranka (Translates to “Goldie”).
Viktor and Katie wanted more opportunities than were available in their country at the time so the three of them came to America in 1968. At the ages of 37, 34, and almost 8 they had to learn a new language and culture. All three spoke Hungarian and Serbian. Viktor and Katie also spoke some German and even a little Russian, but they had to learn English.
Viktor and Katie each held two jobs for some time and moved from an apartment to a house in 1972. By 1974 they bought their first farm. Viktor taught himself how to farm the land and how to raise sheep and even some chickens. This was while keeping a fulltime job as a printer.
In 1976, they bought another farm, between Mansfield and Galion, with woods and a pond. They built a house and started a strawberry farm. Viktor took classes and again taught himself about the crop. Katie, while working a fulltime job, was in charge of sales. Goldie also helped in sales during the summer and was able to use the proceeds to attend college. They grew the business and became known for having the best strawberries in the area. A few years later they added a few acres of blueberries.
After they retired from their fulltime jobs at Mansfield Printing, Viktor and Katie continued to run their berry business into their early 80s. Viktor used a chainsaw and hand-split wood for their stove into his late 70s. They were a hard-working, active couple.
Viktor was a sweet, wonderful man, a very good husband, and a great, loving father.
He is survived by his wife of 64 years, Katie, his daughter Goldie (Jonathan) of Mansfield and two grandchildren, Jordan Spencer of Columbus and Haley Spencer of Mansfield.
Friends and family are invited to a memorial gathering from 5 to 7 PM Monday, March 9, 2020, at Snyder Funeral Home (2553 Lexington Avenue in Mansfield). In lieu of flowers, contributions to the American Cancer Society may be brought or sent to the funeral home (PO Box 3085, Mansfield OH 44904). You may also donate online at www.cancer.org/involved/donate/memorial-giving
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