Freda R. Tigges, age 86, of Dedham died Saturday, January 02, 2016, at Park View Assisted Living in Coon Rapids.
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Mass of the Christian Burial for Freda R. Tigges, 86, was celebrated at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, Jan. 5, 2016 at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Dedham. The Celebrant was Fr. Andrew Hoffmann, assisted by Deacon Louis Meiners. Mass Servers were Kalee and Kara Peters. Music was by Cindy Bauer and the St. Joseph Choir. Lector was Sarah Morrison. Gift Bearers were Freda's granddaughters: Gina Wiges, Sarah Morrison, Megan Bonney, Kalli Wilder, Chelsea McCool, Katie Boehm, Alyssa Tigges, Hannah Tigges, and Breanna Klein. Eucharistic Ministers were Kalli and Matt Wilder. Casket Bearers were Freda's grandsons: Cory Tigges, Tyler Meaike, Bruce Boehm, Jr., Adam Klein, Shawn Klein, and Riley Klein. Burial was in the parish cemetery. The Dedham American Legion Auxiliary formed an honor guard for the funeral mass. Funeral arrangements were under the direction of the Sharp Funeral Home in Carroll, and online condolences may be left for Freda's family at www.sharpfuneral.com.
Freda R. Tigges of Dedham, was born on July 23, 1929 at her home near Willey, just minutes after her twin sister Rita, and died Saturday, Jan. 02, 2016, at Park View Assisted Living in Coon Rapids. She was the daughter of Bernard and Mary (Berger) Grossman. She attended school at St. Mary's in Willey, and graduated in 1943. On Sept. 26, 1950 Freda was united in marriage to Joseph H. Tigges, Jr. at St. Mary's Catholic Church in Willey with the Rev. H.J. Dries officiating. To this union six children were born: Dale Tigges, Ron Tigges, Carolyn Boehm, Jeanne Meaike, Julie Klein, and Jamie Tigges.
Freda and Joe farmed south of Dedham until 1967 when they bought a farm near Viola Center. Freda worked several years at Garst Seeds sorting corn. She always had a big garden, and was always busy canning, sewing, and cooking for those she loved. Most of all she loved her family gatherings, playing cards, her children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren. Joe and Freda retired from farming in 1989, and built a new house on the south edge of Dedham. For over 40 years Freda was a 4-H leader, she also was a member of the Dedham American Legion Auxiliary, St. Joseph's Ladies Guild, and St. Joseph's Catholic Church in Dedham.
Freda was preceded in death by her children: Dale Tigges, and Jamie Tigges; a son-in-law: Lenord Meaike, her parents Bernard and Mary Grossman; her siblings: Marie Thielen, Louis Grossman, Bob Grossman, Helen Thielen, Rita Tigges, two infant siblings: Lucy Anna Grossman, and Andrew Grossman; her father-in-law and mother-in-law Joseph Sr. and Anna (Brauckman) Tigges, brothers-in-law: Bill Thielen, Charles Thielen, and Meryl Kerkhoff and her sister-in-law, Marian Grossman.
Freda is survived by her husband of over 65 years, Joe of Dedham; her children: Ron Tigges of Lake Forest, Calif., Carolyn Boehm (and friend Scott Olson) of Audubon, Jeanne Meaike of Audubon, Julie (Harlan) Klein of Neola; her daughters-in-law: Bonnie Tigges of Audubon, and Jean Tigges of Adel; 15 grandchildren; 16 great-grandchildren with one more on the way; her siblings: Imelda Kerkhoff of Manning; Delores (Jim) Greenwood of Cottage Grove, Minn., and Marilyn (Wayne) Heithoff of Urbandale; her sisters-in-law, and brothers-in-law: Ed Tigges of Carroll, Lorena Grossman of Carroll, Alma Klocke of Carroll, and Don (Marlene) Tigges of Carroll; as well as many nieces, nephews, and other extended relatives.
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Published in AUDUBON COUNTY ADVOCATE JOURNAL from Jan. 8 to Jan. 15, 2016