Frederick "Freddie" Konig '55 November 20, 2023 2:45 PM updated: November 20, 2023 2:53 PM
Frederick I. Konig
May 2, 1933 - October 25, 2023
Frederick Konig, better known as Freddie, beloved husband, father, grandfather, and great grandfather passed away peacefully at the age of 90, on Wednesday, October 25, 2023. Born to Sidney and Dorothy Pollicoff Konig on May 2, 1933, Freddie was the middle child of three. Anyone who knew Freddie was always drawn to his charm, fun personality, and ability to talk to anyone. Freddie was passionate about topics ranging from history, to politics, to poker, to movies, and to bridge.
Fred graduated from San Jacinto High School in 1951 and from Texas A&M University in 1955 after serving in the Cadet Corps. He was a lifelong devoted Aggie. He met Diane Schwartz on a blind date while in college and the rest was history…even though she attended the University of Texas. Their love story accumulated over 70 years of wedded bliss and they still acted like newlyweds at the age of 90. Fred wanted so badly to marry Diane that he agreed to marry her in her small hometown of Schulenberg. As it turned out, they were the only couple to ever be married in that synagogue. Fred considered Diane to be the love of his life, and he was hers.
After getting married, he convinced Diane to move to Aggieland. After graduation, Fred was in the Army stationed in Hawaii. After he was honorably discharged, they moved back to Houston to work with his father in the wastepaper business.
After their children, Sharon and Ronnie, were grown, Fred and Diane moved to Walden on Lake Conroe for 35 years. They spent their time *trying* to excel in golf and participated in the famous Walden Follies, which was the local talent show. Fred enjoyed directing the show and acting in various skits.
Fred and Diane moved back to Houston 4 years ago to be closer to their kids and family. Fred brought the Follies to their new home at the Villages of Tanglewood, which was a true hit and sold-out audience. At the Villages, he thrived and loved making so many new friends.
Less than a year after moving to the Villages of Tanglewood, Fred was asked to be on the Board of Residents, and on the Food Committee – an arduous task. He also took the initiative to start a sort of social club to bring together men in the community who just needed some guy time. Freddie was a busy man, but he always found time for Poker night with the guys.
Preceding Fred in his passing were his parents, sister Sandra Lefkowitz, and brother Morton Konig. He is survived by his beloved wife, Diane, his children, Sharon (Elliott) Slusky, Ronnie (Rhona) Konig, his grandchildren, Robyn Slusky, Rachel Konig, Tracy (Kyle) Bateman, and Julie (Brogan) Brasseaux, and his two great grandchildren, Lovett and Parks Bateman.
The family would like to thank the staff at the Villages of Tanglewood for their kindness to Fred and Diane, as well as his team of doctors. We will be forever grateful to Dr. Stephen Lapin for his incessant devotion to Fred and our family.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Texas Hearing Institute at texashearing.org or FIDF at fidf.org.