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Katherine T. FrickePassing: April 1, 2020


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Cresthaven Memory Gardens

Friday, April 3rd

BEDFORD – Katherine T. Fricke, 95, passed away Wednesday, April 1, 2020, at Bliss Place.

Born June 16, 1924, in Chaplin, Kentucky, she was the daughter of William J. and Dora M. (Carey) Terrell.  She was married 63 years to Fred J. Fricke prior to his death on April 6, 2009.

Katherine had been employed at Delco-Remy Indiana and Southern Bell and Burdines in Florida, as well as being a wife and homemaker.  She was a resident of California and Florida for many years and enjoyed traveling.  Katherine was a member of Sherwood Oaks Christian Church in Bloomington and a 1941 graduate of Mitchell High School.

Survivors include her grandchildren, Brian Ross and Tiffany Ross of Florida; son-in-law, Lorenzo Hamm of Florida; and several nieces and nephews.

Her parents; husband; daughter, Michelle Ross-Hamm; and siblings, Willard H. Terrell, James Terrell, Robert Terrell, Levi Terrell, Martha Terrell, Christine Thomas, Margaret Barnard, Lurline Cooper, and two infants, preceded her in death.

Burial was Friday, April 3, at Cresthaven Memory Gardens.  A memorial service will be scheduled at a later date.

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10 Guest Comments

  1. Guest: Ann Herbert | Munich, Germany
    Date: April 10, 2020
    Aunt Babe was a light in our family! She was so easy and fun to be around. I will never forget the last visit I had with her, which was about a month ago. We asked her how old she was, and she said she had no idea and guessed that maybe she was in her 60's. We told her she was in her 90s and the look of delighted surprise on her face was priceless. She couldn't believe she had lived so long and was so happy to discover she had:) It was beautiful. I hope that some of her ability to stay rooted in gratitude will live on through me:)
  2. Guest: Nancy Evans | Escondido, California
    Date: April 10, 2020
    Sometimes we are blessed to have a friend so close that it feels like a family member you have dreamed about having your whole life. Fred and Katie were not only neighbors in California, but also Fram-i-ly: Friends who are more like family. Katie never gave lip service about love, she showed it. She knew who she was and kept true to herself. I always admired her common sense, her perceptive intuitions, and her positiveness. She was a petite lady with a solid inner strength. I love her dearly and miss her greatly as I know all of her family members do. John, Gail, Jan, Renee, Nikki, Buddy, Steve, and Anita my prayers are with you in this time of sadness. Nancy Evans
  3. Guest: Carl, Sharon and Mildred Worthington | Winterville, North Carolina
    Date: April 8, 2020
    Aunt Katie, or “Babe” as my mom, Mildred Worthington, called her was my mother’s aunt on her dad’s side although they were very close in age. We spoke by phone with Aunt Katie shortly after Christmas and she brightened our day. To the family we offer our most sincere condolence. You are in our thoughts and prayers and hope that many wonderful memories will help to comfort and sustain you in the coming days.
  4. Guest: Keith Worthington | St. Charles, IL
    Date: April 7, 2020
    Aunt Katie was a wonderful and dear woman. We will all miss her very much...my prayers to all her family.
  5. Guest: Jan Fricke | Kenansville, Florida
    Date: April 4, 2020
    Aunt Katie, Velma and I spent many fun times planning an evening meal for hungry snook fishermen, Fred, Steve and John on Marco Island. She taught me to make Thanksgiving turkey dressing. I will miss her deeply.
  6. Guest: Lorenzo Hamm | West PalmBeach, Florida
    Date: April 4, 2020
    You will truly be missed. You lived a wonderful life for a wonderful woman. Love Lorenzo
  7. Guest: Renee Marquand Chambers | Bloomington, IN
    Date: April 4, 2020
    My prayers are with you all. Whenever I tried to explain how Katie was related, I usually just told people she was my aunt. She said that was okay because my mom was like a sister to her. She will be sorely missed by our family. Phil and Renee Chambers
  8. Guest: Tiffany Ross | West Palm Beach
    Date: April 4, 2020
    I love you forever and ever....I wish that I could have seen you one more time....you are a wonderful woman....so kind and graceful...full of wisdom and love ....I know you are at peace in the kingdom of heaven...thankful that you were my grandmother....and grateful to have spoken with u and to hear your sweet voice and just letting me know you love me....I will NEVER forget or stop thinking about u ....I love u grandma rest in peace until we meet again
  9. Guest: Ro Pettiner | Carmel, IN
    Date: April 3, 2020
    Uncle Fred, who adored her beyond imagination, always called her Katie. But her brothers and sisters always sweetly called her Babe, as she was the baby of the large family. So, to us nieces and nephews, she was always Aunt Babe, and always will be. It was made clear in her direct manner that she loved us, and she didn't mind saying so. Thanks to our cousin Steve Thomas,and his wife,who cared for Aunt Babe so beautifully in her waning years. XOXORo
  10. Guest: Alan Pinney | Orleans
    Date: April 3, 2020
    I had the pleasure of visiting with Katie many times when I would stop in at Bliss Place. She was always a joy to talk with and she was always thankful she felt so good at her age. She always had a smile and a kind word. Such a sweetheart.