Lou Mae Fricke, 81, a longtime Hermiston resident, passed away on Thursday, June 29, 2017, in Hermiston.
Lou was born April 9, 1936, in Nassau, Minnesota, the daughter of Herman and Sorena (Ehlebacht) Block. She moved to San Jose, Calif., in her early 20s where she worked for Hewlett Packard. She was dating her boss, Carl J. Fricke, whom she married in May of 1961 so she could become the boss. The couple relocated to Hermiston, Oregon, in 1967 where she has resided since.
Lou enjoyed gardening, trips to the ocean to go crabbing, hunting, yard sales and going to the family cabin.
Lou was preceded in death by her husband Carl in 2014; a son, Joel; brothers Jimmy and Potts; and sisters Joey and Joani.
She is survived by sons Mark (Diane) Fricke of Hermiston and Ken (Mary) Fricke of Hermiston; daughter-in-law Debra Fricke of Hermiston; four grandchildren: Kevin, Brian, Jarod and Jessica; and six great-grandchildren: Madison, Gage, Conner, Ava, Cienna and Liam.
A graveside service will be held at 10:00 a.m. Saturday July 22, 2017, at the Hermiston Cemetery.
Family suggest memorial donations to Vange John Memorial Hospice, 1050 W. Elm Ave., Suite 220, Hermiston, OR 97838.
To send an online condolence to the family go to www.burnsmortuaryhermiston.com