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Submitted by Jim Bierman on Thu, 12/27/2012 - 9:41am
Merle Walter Fremouw, beloved husband, father, brother and grandfather passed away at the Three Links Care Center in Northfield on Sunday, December 23, 2012 at the age of 88.
Funeral services will be held on Saturday, December 29, 2012 at 12:00 noon at the United Methodist Church in Northfield, Minnesota. Burial will take place in the Northfield Cemetery. Visitation will be held on Saturday one hour prior to the service at the church.
Merle was born in 1924 to Albert and Olive (Van Voorhis) Fremouw of Northfield. He attended school in Northfield, and served in the army. Merle married Martha Louisa Smith in 1950 and they raised their 6 children in Northfield.
Merle was a union construction worker for 25 years, helping to build the IDS tower in Minneapolis, as well as many of the buildings at St. Olaf, Carleton College and elsewhere. Towards the end of his construction career, he also worked a second job, as a custodian at Carleton College. After retiring from construction, he worked at Crown Cork and Seal in Faribault, for 16 years. His hobbies included hiking, listening to country western music, rock collecting, and stamps. When the children were young, he enjoyed taking them to the Carleton Arboretum. He was also an avid Elko Speedway fan. He enjoyed reading western novels, going to the Treasure Island casino, and spending time with his family and grandchildren.
Merle is survived by his wife, Martha; three sons, Timothy Fremouw of St. Paul, Tom Fremouw of Bloomington and Jon (Lee Ann) Fremouw of Eden Prairie; three daughters, Susan (Wayne) Barry of St. Paul, Patricia (Anthony Moore) Fremouw of St. Paul and Kathleen (Ron) Hauser of Apple Valley; 6 grandchildren, 1 great-grandchild; three brothers, Burton (Theola) Fremouw of Wilton, CA, Eugene Fremouw of Albert Lea and Alvin (Jen) Fremouw of Menomonie, WI; one sister, Doris St. Martin of Faribault. He was preceded in death by his parents, 2 brothers, Robert and Lyle Fremouw; four sisters, Mildred Belke, Vera Elstad, Marion Stam and Ethel Schirmacher.
Funeral arrangements are by the Bierman Funeral Home of Northfield.