Fabian E. Freidhof
July 21, 1926 ~ July 25, 2012
Fabian E. Friedhof, age 86, of Elma, IA, died on Wednesday, July 25, 2012 at Regional Health Services in Cresco, IA. Fabian “Fay” Freidhof was born on July 21, 1926 to Edward and Helena (Diederich) Freidhof on the family farm near Alta Vista, IA. Fay attended and graduated from St. William’s Catholic School in Alta Vista. He worked as a farm hand near Roseville, IA for 3 years. He was united in marriage to Berenice Nibaur on October 8, 1946 at Our Lady of Lourdes Church in Lourdes. Fay and Berenice farmed near Lourdes. In 1962 Fay became a carpenter and also continued to farm. He retired from farming in the early 1980’s and continued to work as a carpenter until he was 82 years of age. Fay enjoyed carpentry, fishing, dancing, playing cards, gardening, traveling and feeding and watching birds. He was a member of Our lady of Lourdes Catholic Church, the Catholic Order of Foresters, Knights of Columbus to which he was a fourth degree Knight. Fay is survived by his loving wife, Berenice of Elma; his children, Norb (Roxanne) Freidhof of Assaria, KS, Alan (Norma) Freidhof of West Union and Colleen(Mike) Heying of Elma; his grandchildren, Matt (Amy) Freidhof, Chris (Kara) Freidhof, Dan (Teresa) Freidhof, Heather (Blake) Gamm, Malissa Freidhof, Josh Heying, Annette (Arlen) Kriener and Scott (Kelley) Mikesh; 18 great-grandchildren; his brothers, Adrian (Helen) Freidhof of New Hampton, Cyrus (Jeanne) Freidhof of Alta Vista, Robert (Lorraine) Freidhof of Cresco; one brother-in-law, Roger (Marilee) Nibaur of Elma and numerous nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents; one brother, Jerome and his sisters, Edith and Gertrude. Cemetery: Burial will be in Our Lady of Lourdes Cemetery at Lourdes with Matthew Freidhof, Chris Freidhof, Daniel Freidhof, Heather Gamm, Malissa Freidhof and Joshua Heying serving as casket bearers. Memorials may be directed to the family. Visitation will be from 4:00-8:00pm on Sunday, July 29, 2012 at Conway-Markham Funeral Chapel in Elma, IA with a 7:30pm scriptural wake service. Visitation will continue at the church one hour prior to the funeral mass on Monday, July 30, 2012. Mass of Christian Burial will be 10:30am, Monday, July 30, 2012 at Our Lady of Lourdes Church in Lourdes, Iowa with Father Steven Garner as celebrant.