Anita Fekkers - May 14, 2009
Anita Edith Fekkers was born March 30, 1930 to Emma Domes Boulton and Lloyd William Boulton in Chicago, Ill. She was baptized two months later and confirmed at age 13.
Anita graduated from Columbus Junction High School as valedictorian of her class in 1947. She attended St. Monica’s School of Nursing in Arizona and graduated in 1950.
Caring for others was Anita’s passion and like everything she set her mind to, it seemed to come effortlessly. Kindness was something she couldn’t help but bestow onto others.
While working in a Vet Hospital in St. Louis, Mo. she met Francis Edward Fekkers. After she moved to Denver, Colo. in order to be closer to him, Francis asked Anita to marry him. They were wed Sept. 23, 1956 at St. John’s Lutheran Church. Together they moved to Francis’s hometown of Wauneta, Neb. and adopted two children. The first was a son named Michael Lloyd and the second was a daughter named Ruth Diane. You could not have met a prouder mother. She loved her family deeply and made sure they knew it every minute of every day.
Anita was preceded in death by her parents; two sisters, Natalie Stephens and Joey Hart-Stephens; two sisters-in-law, Darlene Boulton and Dorothy Rhoad and two brothers-in-law, Jim Fekkers and Duane Blickenstaff.
She is survived by her husband, Francis; son, Mike Fekkers and his wife, Wendy, of Corvallis, Ore.; daughter, Ruth Liedle of Lincoln; granddaughter, Amanda Liedle of Lincoln; two grandsons, Brandon Kela and wife, Jenni, of Elko, Nev. and Jacob Fekkers of Carvallis, Ore; two step-grandsons, Nick and Tyler Ferraro of Walla Walla, Wash; and three great-grandchildren, Oliver, Elissa and Marcus Kela of Elko, Nev.; sister, Nona Kerchal and her husband, Keith, of Wauneta; brother, George Boulton and his wife, Terry, of Honolulu, Ill.; brothers-in-law, Bob Stephens of Lancaster, Calif. and Don Rhoad and his wife of Sargent, Neb; sister-in-law, Barb Blickenstaff of Arapahoe, Neb. and many nephews, nieces, great nephews and great nieces.
We will miss Anita deeply and our hearts feel saddened by her absence. But she would not want us to shed tears of sadness for her. Rather, we should remember the times we laughed in her presence and felt her warm embrace. For in memories is where our loved ones truly live on.
Funeral services were held Monday, May 11, 2009, at the Redeemer Lutheran Church in Wauneta with Rev. Gregory L. Stuckwich officiating.
Honorary pallbearers were Brandon Kela, Amanda Liedle, Kevin Kerchal, Lloyd Kerchal, Kim Kerchal, Nick Ferraro and Tyler Ferraro.
Inurnment was held Tuesday, May 12, 2009 at 11 a.m. (CT) at McPherson National Cemetery in Maxwell, Neb.
Liewer Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.