Freda J. Oetken, 94, of Akron, died Saturday, Dec. 25, 2004, at the Akron Care Center in Akron.
Freda Josephine Nikoley Oetken was born Sept. 27, 1910, in Ute, the daughter of Ludwig and Hulda (Kelm) Nikoley. She was baptized and confirmed into the Lutheran faith at St. Paul's Lutheran Church in Ute. She received her education in the St. Paul's parochial schools in Ute.
On May 14, 1939, she was united in marriage to Mervin Oetken at St. Paul's Lutheran Church in Ute. They moved to the Oetken family farm east of Akron shortly thereafter. They lived there until November 1983, when they retired and moved to town. Mervin died Jan. 26, 1984, in Akron. For the past five years, Freda had been a resident of the Akron Care Center.
Freda was a longtime member of Trinity Lutheran Church, E.L.C.A. in Akron, where she was a member of the A.L.C.W. and the Martha circle. She enjoyed gardening, knitting, sewing, baking and spending time with her family and friends. She also enjoyed playing the bells for the Akron Care Center Bell Choir.
Survivors include a daughter, Mervetta Zischke and her husband, Norman, of Cedar Falls; two sons, Richard Oetken and his wife, Randy, of Akron, and Alan Oetken and his wife, Marlys, of Fort Collins, Colo.; eight grandchildren, Lynn Conley and her husband, Craig, Ward Zishke and his wife, Mary, Toby Oetken, Staci Oetken, Jeffrey Oetken, Casey Oetken, Rebecca Duran and her husband, Joel, and Matthew Oetken; three great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband; four sisters, Laura, Anna, Elsie and Lydia; and a brother, Otto.
Funeral services will be at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday at Trinity Lutheran Church, E.L.C.A. in Akron with the Rev. Jerry Crow officiating. Burial will be in Riverside Cemetery in Akron. Visitation will be after 3 p.m. Tuesay, with the family present after 6 p.m. and a prayer service at 7 p.m., all at the Carlsen Funeral Home, Schroeder Chapel, in Akron.
Pallbearers will be Alan Oetken, Norman Zischke, Ricard Oetken, Lowell Thurow, Jeff Oetken, Casey Oetken and Norman Klaus. Honorary pallbearers will be Eldon Molzen, Ward Zischke, Toby Oetken, Craig Conley, Matthew Oetken, Alfred Thurow and Edgar Klaus.