16 January 2022

Sunday's Obituary: Lola Mae Fredricks Brown

The cost of printing an obituary is getting more than the average person can afford. My dad had two obituaries. One, a short version, cost $170 to run in the local paper, in 2018. The second, a long version, was posted at the funeral home website for free. 

I look to funeral home obituaries more these days. Most funeral homes have an online presence. Funeral home obituaries may contain a colored picture of the person and the obituary. Additionally, many have areas to leave comments which can be viewed by the public.

Terwilliger Funeral Home, Kaleva, Michigan is the funeral home that has arranged a lot of my mother's family funerals. One of those funerals was for my Aunt Lola. Lola Mae Fredricks Brown was the second daughter of Otto August Fredricks and Daisy Ellen Graf.

Lola Mae Brown

(February 07, 1920-April 26, 2018)

Lola Mae (Fredricks) Brown, 98, of Brethren, died peacefully Thursday, April 26, 2018, at the Manistee County Medical Care Facility, in Manistee, with her family by her side.  She was born February 7, 1920, in Brethren, the daughter of Otto and Daisy (Fredricks) Graf.  (Note-it should be (Graf) Fredricks.)

Lola was a member of Trinity Lutheran Church, in Onekama, where she taught Sunday School and was active in Vacation Bible School. In her spare time, she loved to read, do puzzles, and crochet. Lola was a loving wife, mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother, and she will be remembered for her kind heart and sense of humor.

Lola is survived by her children, Bertha Asiala of Brethren, Faith Brown of Brethren, Walter (Janet) Brown Jr. of Onekama, and John (Sue Flater) Brown, Sr. of Manistee; ;her grandchildren, Mihael (Irene) Asiala of Pascagoula, Mississippi, Scott Asiala of Cadillac, Jennifer (Patrick) Bentley of Bear Lake, Renee Asiala of Brethren, John (Sarah) Brown Jr. of Bear Lake; great grandchildren, Madeline Asiala of Evart, Skylar Asiala of Cadillac, Hunter Bentley of Bear Lake, Sydney Bentley of Bear Lake, Colin Brown of Bear Lake, Nathan Brown of Bear Lake; several step-grandchildren and step-great-great- grandchildren; her siblings, Richard (Marilyn) Fredericks of Brethren, John (Louise) Fredricks of Blanchard, Audrey (Bruce) Glover of Portage, and Norma Jean (Leslie) Kaskinen of Central Lake; her sister-in-law, Alyce Fredricks; and numerous nieces, nephews, and cousins.

On June 10, 1945 at Trinity Lutheran Church, in Onekama, Lola married Walter F. Brown Sr. who preceded her in death. She was also preceded in death by: her siblings, Harold (Margaret) Fredricks, Daisy Marie (Walter) Kurth, Leona (Robert) Wagoner, Ray Fredricks, Norman Fredricks, Otto Robert (Faye) Fredricks, and Kathryn (Weiko) Tritten Pihl; and her son-in-law, Philip Asiala.

Funeral Services will be conducted at 3:00 PM, Sunday, April 29, 2018 at Trinity Lutheran Church, in Onekama, with the Reverend Timothy Selim officiating. Interment will follow in the Onekama Village Cemetery in Onekama. Visitation will be held from 2:00 PM until time of services at the church.

Memorial contributions may be made to Trinity Lutheran Church or to the American Heart Association.

The Terwilliger funeral Home, in Kaleva, is in charge of arrangements.

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