Mass of Christian Burial for Carmen L. Frickenstein, age 97, of Creighton, Nebraska will be 10:30 a.m. Friday, August 18, 2017, at St. Ludger Catholic Church in Creighton. Reverend Jeremy Hans will be Celebrant, with burial in St. Ludger Catholic Cemetery.
Visitation will be Thursday from 4:00 to 8:00 p.m. at Brockhaus Funeral Home in Creighton, with a 7:30 p.m. Wake Service.
Carmen passed away on August 9, 2017, at Avera Creighton Care Centre.
Carmen Lavonne Frickenstein was born on March 20, 1920, to Blanche (Fulton) and Henry Thompson. The family lived near Elgin, Brunswick, and later settled in the Creighton area. She had a brother, Arden and sister, Mardelle. She attended grade school in Brunswick and graduated from Creighton High School in 1937.
On May 2, 1941, Carmen was united in marriage to Joseph “Joe” Frickenstein of Creighton. They lived all of their married life in the house Joe built in Creighton. They were blessed by a daughter JoAnn in 1948.
Carmen received her bachelor’s degree in elementary education from Midland Lutheran College in Fremont in 1978. She taught at Winnetoon and later at Creighton Public schools as a 5th and 6th grade teacher until retiring in 1983.
Carmen was active in her community with the city tree board, park flower board, and mentoring students in her home. She loved gardening, quilting, and tending to her flower and butterfly garden. She had a great love for trout fishing. She fished the stream at Grove Lake for many years with her lifelong friend and teacher, Eloise Johnson.
She is survived by her daughter, JoAnn (Galen) Bergh of Plainview; grandson, Ryan (Tiffany) Bergh of Omaha; grandson, Nathan (Erin) Bergh of Omaha; and granddaughter, Amy (Steve) LaBay of White, South Dakota; and five great-grandchildren, Brayden, Abel, Oliver, Vance, and Harlan.
She was preceded in death by her husband, parents, brother and sister.