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Freda Epp – Metz Mortuary

    Freda Epp
    Our beloved mother and grandmother, Freda (Huebert) Epp, was born on June 4, 1915 at the family farm in rural Hamilton County, Nebraska to Peter E. and Marie (Pankratz) Huebert.  She passed away January 21, 2012, at the age of 96 years at the Henderson Care Center.  
    Upon her confession of faith, she was baptized on May 28, 1939, by Reverend A.W. Friesen and became a life-long member of the Bethesda Mennonite Church.  On July 12, 1945, Freda married Ruben K. Epp in Winnebago, Wisconsin.  They were together 59 years during which they adopted and raised two children, Doran and Rhonda.
    Freda attended county school in Hamilton County and graduated from Henderson High School in 1932. She attended York College and Bethel College where she obtained a teaching certificate, allowing her to teach at several country schools near Henderson. Freda also taught in Shelton, Nebraska.  Freda and Ruben moved back to Henderson, Nebraska in 1954 at which time they built their home.  She retired from teaching to raise her children, and also helped in the kitchen at the school to be close to her kids. After dad passed away in 2004, mom continued to live at home until 2007.
    Freda was an active member of the Henderson Garden Club, and spent a great deal of time tending to her flowers and garden.  Mom enjoyed being a homemaker, she loved to bake and cook.  She took great pleasure in her grandchildren and great-grandchildren, spoiling them with homemade baked goods including making them their favorite pies.  Freda also enjoyed the company of her dear friends; playing pinnacle was one of her favorite past times.
    Freda prided herself on being an educator and this was reflected in her discussions with her grandchildren.  She enjoyed discussing world views and future plans with her grandchildren.  Freda was a nurturer; the sound of her voice and the touch of her hand were very comforting as she would sing her children and grandchildren nursery rhymes as they would fall asleep.   
    Freda made daily trips to the farm with Ruben, and always made sure he had a good homemade meal prepared for him.  She loved him dearly, and kept a box of letters he wrote to her when he was serving in Civilian Public Service at her bedside.
    Freda will be greatly missed by her two children: Doran Epp of Henderson, Nebraska, and Rhonda Epp of Hillsboro, Kansas. Grandchildren: Craig Epp, Kiley (Ryan) Escamilla, Kimberly Epp, Scott Neufeld, Kevin Neufeld, Laura (Dustin) Hendricks, and Amy Neufeld.   Great-grandchildren: Kristin Neufeld and Quentin Escamilla. Also surviving are sister-in-laws Louise Huebert; Dorothy Van Dyck; Nadine (Roland) Epp; Dorothy (Abel) Epp; brother-in-law Alfred (Vera) Epp; nieces and nephews.
    Preceding her in death were her husband Ruben K. Epp; parents Peter E. and Marie Huebert; step-father Frank Dick; brother Reinhold (Pete) Huebert; half-brother Harry Van Dyck; step-brothers August and Fred Dick; sister Gladys Friesen; and step-sister Anna Anslinger.
    Graveside services will be held 10:15 am,  Wednesday, January 25, 2012 at the Friesen Cemetery west of  Henderson to be followed by a Memorial service at 11:00 am at the Bethesda Mennonite Church. Visitation will be held Tuesday from 9am-9pm, with her family greeting friends from 7:00 – 9:00 pm later that night at the mortuary.
    Memorials may be directed to the Bethesda Radio Fund or the Henderson Care Center. ​

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