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Joanne (Pearson) Fredel

September 21, 1935 ~ July 5, 2020 (age 84)


Joanne Fredel, age 84, passed away at Woodbridge Health Campus with family by her side on Sunday, July 5, 2020, after an extended illness. 

Born September 21, 1935, in Benton County, she was the daughter of Joseph and Elizabeth Lear Pearson. 

After graduation from Remington High School she was employed with Bell Telephone, Winamac Elementary School, General Telephone, the office of her husband, Dick Fredel State Farm Insurance Agency, and the office of her daughter, Dr. Dianne Brown, from where she retired in 2011 after 27 happy years.

Joanne was a member of All Saints Catholic Church and was a long-time member of the choir.  She enjoyed cooking, camping, gardening, and travel, but most of all spending time with her family.

She is survived by her daughters, Pamela (Greg) Himes, Bellingham, Washington, and Dr. Dianne (John) Brown, Logansport; grandchildren Julie (Chris) Johnson, Bellingham, Washington, Carlton Himes, Seattle, Washington, Dr. Patrick Brown, Golden, Colorado, and Dr. Claire Brown, Clifden, Ireland; great granddaughter, Livia Johnson; sister Carol (John) Blount, brothers-in-law, Jim Fredel and Rudy Rose, Winamac; several nieces and nephews, and her good friend/biking/travel companion, Leonne Brown.

Joanne was preceded in death by her beloved husband, Richard Fredel in 1984, her parents, her niece, Vicky Garling: sisters-in-law, Cindy Fredel and Geraldine Rose, and longtime special companion and neighbor, Ed Eggerding.

The Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 9:00 a.m. Saturday, July 11, 2020, at All Saints Catholic Church, with Father Jeff Martin officiating.  The Mass will be live streamed on Facebook at “All Saints Catholic Parish.”

Burial will be in St. Peter's Catholic Cemetery, Winamac.

Visitation will be from 5:00 to 6:30 p.m. Friday, July 10, 2020, at Kroeger Funeral Home, with a rosary service being conducted at 6:30 p.m.

Memorial contributions may be made to the BrightFocus Foundation, 22512 Gateway Center Drive, Clarksburg, MD  20871. (

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