Obituary Record

Norman L (Reverend) Freund
Died on 9/24/2019

#1 Rev. Norman Freund


April 1, 1925 - September 24, 2019

Pastor Norman L. Freund, 94, of Fremont, NE died September 24, 2019.

Norman was born in North Dakota near Westby, MT on April 1, 1925 to John and Christine Freund. He graduated from Westby High School in 1943 and entered the U.S. Navy, serving in the South Pacific from 1943 – 46. He graduated from Dana College (Blair, NE) and went to Luther Seminary in St. Paul, MN. He met and married Esther Olesen (Racine, WI) in Council Bluffs, IA on May 28, 1955. Norman and Esther enjoyed a loving marriage and traveled widely across the US and abroad until her death in 2010. Pastor Freund served a number of congregations during his life-long ministry in the Lutheran Church, including St. Mark’s, St. Paul, NE (’58-’62), St. John’s, Cushing, NE (’58-’60), First Lutheran, Poy Sippi, WI and St. John’s, Saxville, WI (’62-’67), Bethlehem Lutheran, Brush, CO (’67-’82), Christ Lutheran, Sedalia, MO (’82-’90), Faith Lutheran, Madison, MN (’90-’97) and First Lutheran, Fremont, NE (’97 – present).

He is survived by his sister Jeanette Hanen (Fremont, NE), son Ronald (Denver, CO) and his wife, Doris, son Randy (Vining, MN) and his wife Stephanie, and daughter Marcia Garcia (Racine, WI) and her husband Jorge, sister-in-law Helen Freund (Sun City, AZ), brother-in-law Terry Mendenhall (Pittsburg, KS) and many nieces and nephews. Norman also leaves six grandchildren and four great-grandchildren. Beyond his relatives, he was loved by many in his church and community. Memorials can be made to the ELCA World Hunger or Lutheran Family Services of Fremont.

The memorial service will be 4pm, Saturday, September 28 at First Lutheran Church in Fremont, the Rev. Marty Tollefson will officiate. A light meal will be served, then a time of celebration and remembrance will follow.

Private family committal will be in Memorial Cemetery.

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#2 Funeral Leaflet


Rev. Norman Freund

April 1, 1925 ~ September 24, 2019

Memorial Service 4:00 P.M. Saturday, September 28, 2019 First Lutheran Church, Fremont, Nebraska. Officiating: The Rev. Marty Tollefson; The Rev. Stephanie Tollefson. Music: Solo by Lon Olson “On Eagles Wings”; Congregational Hymns: #660 “Lift High The Cross”; #732 “Borning Cry”. Amy Brandert, Organist. Special Selection by the family “Jesus Loves Me”

Following the service, a meal will be served in the fellowship hall. Following the meal everyone is invited back into the sanctuary for a time of celebration and remembrance with the family.

Committal 9:00 A.M. Monday, September 30, 2019 Memorial Cemetery, Fremont, Nebraska

~~~ Funeral leaflet and obituary courtesy of the Nebraska Washington County Genealogical Society. News clippings and leaflets on file in the Blair, Nebraska Public Library~~~

Section C, Lot 3 Find a Grave ID 203279883

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