Linda Bastian Fries, born May 31, 1941, died Friday, November 3, 2017 on the 106th anniversary of her father’s birth. She was born in York, Nebraska and grew up in Lincoln, NE where she attended Sheridan Elementary School, Irving Junior High School and graduated from Lincoln Southeast High School where she met her future husband, Gary Roland Fries, who preceded her in death on Friday, September 22, 2017.
Linda attended the University of Nebraska-Lincoln where, like her mother, she was a member of Kappa Kappa Gamma sorority. She graduated from teacher’s college in 1963. Linda and Gary were married April 24, 1962 at First Plymouth Congregational Church in Lincoln. While growing up in Lincoln and attending the University, Linda made many life-long friends.
Linda and Gary began their family in Lincoln then moved to Grand Island, NE; Springfield, IL; Omaha, NE; Little Rock, AR; Scottsdale, AZ; Colorado Springs, CO; Breckenridge, CO; and lastly back to Scottsdale, where they were living at the time of their deaths. While in Lincoln and Springfield, Linda was an active member of the Junior League. Linda was a devoted daughter, sister, wife, mother, and grandmother. She particularly loved spending time with her grandchildren, and lovingly being called “Grammy” by her grandchildren, as was her mother.
Linda is survived by her three sons, Brian (Elizabeth) of Mission Hills, KS, Gary (Becky) of Scottsdale, and Todd (Kourtnee) of Overland Park, KS. She is also survived by her brother Jeff Bastian, Seaside, CA, brother-in-law Dale Fries (Kim), Lincoln, NE, and eight grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her parents George T. and Jean M. Bastian and her in-laws, Charles and Elsa Fries.
Memorial services were held at 12:00 Noon, Saturday, December 2, 2017 at Metz Mortuary in York with the Reverend Dr. Michael Eickhoff officiating. Inurnment at Greenwood Cemetery, York. Cremation.
The family respectfully suggests that any memorial donations be made to The Broadcasters Foundation of America, with the mission to improve the quality of life and maintain the personal dignity of men and women in the radio and television broadcast profession who find themselves in acute financial need due to a critical illness, accident, advanced age or other serious misfortune (www.broadcastersfoundation.org). Please send donations to The Broadcasters Foundation of America, c/o James B. Thompson, President, 125 W. 55th Street, 4th Floor, New York, NY 10019-5366, or a charity of your choice.
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