Elaine M. Fredlick

Elaine M. (Swanson) Fredlick

February 4, 1935 – September 24, 2020


Elaine was born on a farm near Washington, Nebraska, to Harry and Mabel Swanson.  After graduating from high school in Bennington, Nebraska, she lived in Omaha and worked for Union Pacific Railroad.  It was in Omaha that she met and married Richard Fredlick.  They later moved to Bettendorf, Iowa, before returning to Omaha in 1981.

In addition to raising three children, she worked for St. James Lutheran Church in Bettendorf and later Farris Engineering in Omaha.  After retirement, she dedicated herself to her volunteer work at a local hospice care center, where she was the lead volunteer for more than two decades.

She was preceded in death by husband, Richard; her parents, Harry and Mabel; and brother, Don Swanson.  Survived by sons, David (Joan) and Mark; daughter, Pamela (Steve Berkel); grandchildren: Nathan Berkel, Jordan Berkel, and Emelia Fredlick.

There will be a private family interment in immediate future and celebration of life to be planned later.  Donations in Elaine’s memory may be made to Josie Harper Hospice House.



  • Phil Schreier Posted September 25, 2020 6:26 am

    I worked with Elaine for many years at Farris Engineering and she was always very professional and hard working. I particularly appreciated her calm demeanor. My wife and I offer heartfelt condolences to the family. We are praying for Elaine and the entire family during this time of loss.

  • Bonnie Daubman Posted September 26, 2020 9:38 am

    I too worked with Elaine at Farris Engineering for many years, and we continued to meet for lunch each year to keep in touch. I’m so saddened to hear of her passing but know she is together again with her dear husband. Heartfelt prayers of sympathy to all her family. It was my pleasure to know her!

  • Jayme Massman Posted October 2, 2020 9:06 am

    So very sorry for your loss Fredlick family. Hoping that good memories will come to mind in the days, weeks and months to come.

  • Loren and Marybeth Cohrs Posted October 12, 2020 10:37 am

    We send our prayers for comfort and peace to you, Elaine’s family members. There are so many memories brought to mind — school days in Washington when we girls would gather after school a few times at the Swanson home to watch the first television set in our community (what a treat that was!); the wonderful occasions when everyone in the area got together for picnics and programs; high school days in Bennington; and then growing families. Meeting again in these later years has been very special with time to renew the friendships and relive the “good ol’ days.” Now we look forward to the day when we will all meet again. Our sympathy to you for your loss.

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