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1933 Freda 2020

Freda Fiehler

December 3, 1933 — December 30, 2020

Freda Irene Fiehler age 87 of Kearney, NE formerly of the Dunning area passed away Wednesday, December 30, 2020 at the Mother Hull Nursing Home in Kearney, NE.

Funeral service will be Tuesday, January 5, 2021 at 11:00 am at the Church of God in Broken Bow with Pastor Doug Saner officiating. Burial will be in the Broken Bow Cemetery. A visitation will be held on Monday, January 4th from 9:00 am to 7:00 pm with family greeting 5:00 t0 7:00 pm at Govier Brothers Mortuary in Broken Bow. Govier Brothers Mortuary are in charge of arrangements. An online guest book may be signed for words of encouragement or remembrance at Govier Brothers Mortuary will comply with the CDC and State of Nebraska.

Freda Fiehler was born on December 3, 1933 to Pearl and Jeanette (Wilson) Saner between Dunning and Brewster in a small sod house delivered by a midwife. She had nine brothers and sisters which two passed away at a very young age- Margaret passed at birth and Fred passed away of smallpox at the young age of 2 weeks. Even though they fell on hard times they made the most out of their life. A few years later they moved to "The Ranch" located between Dunning and Brewster and were neighbors to the Max Shady family. There the family raised cattle and worked very hard. On the occasion if left alone the 2 oldest girls Ruth and Freda would open a beauty shop and haircuts were done or the bucket calves would get rounded up for a rodeo. The house they lived in was small and Freda and her sister Fern shared a room for many years lying in bed laughing all night. Living out in the country posed for hard times if the kids wanted to go to town for social activities so many times Freda and her siblings would sneak out and walk to town if no ride available or try to siphon gasoline for an automobile. They slept in old cars in Dunning in the junkyard many nights because it was too late to walk home and had to fight off mice trying to keep warm. She at one point was involved in a Car wreck in Broken Bow and sustained many facial injuries. The family attended the Open Bible Church in Dunning and enjoyed singing in church and playing instruments such as the piano, which Freda loved to do. She graduated Dunning High School in 1952. After graduation she Married Chuck Moore. They lived in Wyoming at the Military Base but was later stationed in Fairfax England where 2 children were born- David and Connie. The family then moved back to Nebraska where a short time later they were divorced, and Freda moved in with her parents for several years. She later married Marv Fiehler and they lived East of Dunning for a while and then moved to Broken Bow in a house close to downtown and this was where one daughter- Julie was born. The family then moved to Loup City and Freda and her sister Lucille had many memories to share but After a few years Freda and Marv divorced and she moved back to Dunning into a house across from the high school and this was where her youngest daughter Michelle was born. They lived in that house for 20 years and while there she worked at Lucy's Cafe and The Filling Station Bar where she worked very hard but also loved to Dance and socialize.

After all the kids were graduated and gone Freda moved to Broken Bow where she lived with Michelle for a year then moved into Coble Apartments for a couple years then to Regency Apartments. She then moved to Kearney Nebraska to Saint John’s nursing home then to Mother Hull Nursing Home where she passed away. Freda loved her family and the time spent with them was important to her. She had many talents and a personality she will be remembered for- her rabbit cake made for Easter family functions the kids (including all her nieces and nephews) couldn't wait for. Her joy to wave at the school bus every morning going by in her nightgown at the front picture window in Dunning, cooking bacon and eggs every Saturday morning while the Smurf’s cartoon would play. She loved polka music like her dad and every Sunday morning before church half the block could hear it playing. Her main role at any family function was "clean up lady" which she enjoyed very much, and her laugh was one to make you smile and her looking over her glasses with "The Freda Look" was one of a kind.

Freda’s hobbies and pastime was hanging out at the City Cafe and Square in Broken Bow with her family and at the Tumbleweed Cafe watching people, watching I Love Lucy and Andy Griffith and listening to the Gaithers Singing Family on TV and listening to KCNI music sitting at her table looking out of the window and doing crossword puzzles. She loved working in the yard with her Sister Ruth in Broken Bow picking up sticks and leaves to cigarette butts but also doing rock landscaping work.

Freda had nine grand kids who she loved very much and helped out a lot taking care of and helping raise them. When she passed, she also had 21 great grandchildren which she also loved very much and the photos she displayed showed it. 

Freda was preceded in death by her parents Pearl and Jeanette Saner, four brothers Fred, Glen, Paul, and Jerry and three sisters Margaret, Ruth, and Marilyn

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