Ann Louise (Brooks) Fricke

Ann Louise (Brooks) Fricke

March 4, 1934 ~ March 18, 2022

 MEMORIAL SERVICE: Tuesday, April 12, 2022, 10:00am at Trinity Episcopal Cathedral, 113 North 18th Street. Private Inurnment. Memorials are suggested to Trinity Episcopal Cathedral.  To view a live broadcast of the Memorial Service, please go to and click the “View Live Cast” button on the home page.


Ann Louise (Brooks) Fricke passed away peacefully surrounded by her family after a brief illness. Ann was born on March 4, 1934 in Pontiac, Michigan to Charlotte Amelia (Sanford) and Edward Archer Brooks. She was the youngest of five children. Ann was preceded in death by her parents, four brothers, and her husband, The Very Reverend John J. Fricke II.

Ann graduated from Pontiac High School in Michigan and went on to attend college at Western Michigan in Kalamazoo where she met her husband. Crowned “Campus Couple”, Ann and Jack married on September 3, 1955 at All Saints Episcopal Church in Pontiac, Michigan. After promising her mother she would get a college degree, Ann went back to school at the age of 51, earning a degree in early childhood education from the University of Nebraska-Omaha. She loved being in the classroom teaching and substituting for the Catholic and Omaha Public schools. Ann enjoyed time spent volunteering as a Red Cross “ Gray Lady,” delivering mail for many years at Clarkson Hospital, and being an active member of the Assistance League of Omaha.

Ann will be lovingly remembered by her daughters: Cathy (Scot) Bonnesen of Omaha, Susan Hamsher of Omaha, and Buffy (Tom) Ricceri of Omaha; grandchildren: Blair (AJ) Anderson of Omaha, Brooke (Eric) Grewcock of Frisco, TX, Jack (Jamie) Ricceri of Denver, CO, and Skylar Ricceri of Omaha; great-grandchildren: Archer Anderson, Amelia Anderson, and William Grewcock; brother-in-law, Tom (Carol) Fricke of Rapid City, Michigan; sister-in-law, Karen Fricke Slack (late Rev. James Slack) of Niles, Michigan; nieces and nephews.



  • Don and Kim Kosmacek Posted April 4, 2022 9:29 pm

    We are sorry for your loss. You are are in our thoughts and prayers. God Bless! Don and Kim Kosmacek

  • Marla Holmes Posted April 8, 2022 7:26 am

    Ann was such a gracious lady full of the spirit!
    My condolences go out to Sue & the family. God b with you all. Love Marla Holmes

  • April Sue White Posted April 8, 2022 2:09 pm

    I will always remember Ann through her kind heart and that special Ann smile whenever we saw each other.

    She certainly had an amazing spirit that was full of giving and caring for others. Now it’s time to celebrate her return to God and her family in heaven.

    GOOD SPEED healing to all her family ……………April, Nicole and Kelly

  • John Fricke Posted April 9, 2022 4:12 pm

    To say ‘much loved’ doesn’t begin to touch how Anne impacted those close to her and her larger community. More than a life well lived, a caring soul she shared that left all of us for the better.

  • Carol M Fricke Posted April 10, 2022 12:56 pm

    Dee Dee to ya, Ann.

  • jim larsen Posted April 16, 2022 2:43 pm

    I knew and most of my adult life from 10th grade on I used to be involved in the youth group at Trinity Cathedral my best friend and I saw her five years ago we miss her terribly. I don’t have a the email for Kathy or others please let me know so I can say hello

  • Kimberlyn Oliver Posted April 18, 2023 4:54 pm

    I was just thinking about Mrs. Fricke today and was saddened to learn of her passing. I’d be remiss if I didn’t share my condolences. I am very sorry for your loss. Mrs. Fricke was my favorite teacher growing up. I have thought of her often over the years. She had the kindest and most beautiful soul; Ten year old me could tell there was something different about her. I smiled reading her obituary. She was the wife of a man of God…makes perfect since now. I know she is with the Master and was rewarded with hearing “Well done.” She impacted me greatly as my teacher; Her sweet spirit and gentle nature has remained in my memory for all of these years since 1990. May God continue to bless and comfort you all.

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