OREGON – Freda J. Engelkes, 84, of Oregon, passed away peacefully Tuesday, Oct. 10, 2017, in Oregon Living and Rehabilitation Center.
She was born Feb. 28, 1933, in Byron, the daughter of Joseph Lee and Isabella (Sutton) Fletcher. She married Donald E. Engelkes on Oct. 5, 1958, in Oregon. He died in 2005. Freda was an active member of Oregon United Methodist Church, where she was involved with the Sunday school program and Naomi Ruth Circle. She formerly was employed at Dekalb-Ogle Phone Co., Combined Communication Services, and the dress shop in Conover Square. Freda enjoyed word search books, gardening, and flowers, and baked the best sugar cookies. She also was the “best playmate” to her grandchildren.
Survivors include her children, Sue Engelkes, Jane (Monte) Messenger, and Daniel (Shana) Engelkes, all of Oregon; grandchildren, Mychal (Sarah) Messenger, Joseph Messenger, and Mya Engelkes; her first great-grandchild on the way; and many nieces and nephews, including special niece, Polly Black.
She also was preceded in death by her parents; grandson, Matthew; four sisters; and six brothers.
Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. today at Farrell-Holland-Gale Funeral Home in Oregon. The funeral will be at 11 a.m. Friday at Oregon United Methodist Church, 4th and Jefferson St., Oregon, with Pastor Thomas Kim officiating. Interment will be at a later date at Byron Cemetery.
Memorials may be directed to Serenity Hospice & Home in Oregon.
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