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Kathleen Fick

Kathy Fick

Monday, September 4th, 1944 - Sunday, September 20th, 2020
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Obituary

Funeral Services for Kathy Fick, age 76, of Mesa, AZ, formerly of Inman, will be 11:00 am Saturday, September 26, 2020 at Biglin’s Mortuary of O’Neill officiated by her brother, Dr. Gary Fick. Burial will be in the Inman Cemetery. Visitation will be one hour prior to the service at the funeral home. Kathy passed away Sunday, September 20, 2020 at her home in Mesa, AZ. Memorials may be directed to the family for future designation. Biglin’s Mortuary of O’Neill is in charge of arrangements.

Kathleen Clare Fick was born in O’Neill, Nebraska, on September 4, 1944, the daughter of Walter Sr. and Doris (Parks) Fick. The family made their home on the family ranch south of Inman. Kathy was an active 4-H club member and in 1960 went to the National 4-H Club Congress in Chicago, representing Nebraska in livestock loss prevention. She also won awards at the Holt County fair for her canning and pie baking. She graduated from Inman High School in 1962. Kathy attended the University of Nebraska briefly, but returned to Inman to help care for her ailing mother.

After her mother’s death, she moved to Phoenix, Arizona in 1965. There, for many years, she worked primarily as a hostess but also held several other positions including assistant manager for Bob’s Big Boy, a local restaurant. Kathy returned to school to earn her Pharmacy Technician certificate and enjoyed working with her customers until she retired in 2009.

In 2016, Kathy was reunited with her birth son Rob and they both relished getting to know one another and spending time together. She lived independently in her home with help from her son Rob and caring neighbors. Kathy really enjoyed being the guest of her neighbors at their holiday and family celebrations and spent many hours baking baklava and Christmas cookies to share with them. She was a 10-year survivor of cancer and overcame many of the challenges of later life as she became more restricted by failing health. Her friendly, caring demeanor was a comfort to many and she enjoyed chatting in person or on the phone. Kathy was able to travel to Nebraska for a visit at the ranch almost every summer, and for many years gained much enjoyment from her cats.

Kathy is survived by her son, Robert Schnuelle of Tempe, AZ and his daughter, Rebekah Polski of Madison, WI; three brothers, Gary (Mae Ellen) Fick of Ithaca, NY, Walter Jr. (Marilyn) Fick of Manhattan, KS, and Edward Fick of Inman, NE; and her sister, Debra (Terry Gibbs) of Kearney, NE. She also has many nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles and cousins.

Kathy was preceded in death by her mother, her father, and her sister-in-law, Kathy Faye Meyer Fick, Edward’s wife.

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Service Details

  • Visitation

    Saturday, September 26th, 2020 | 10:00am - 11:00am
    When
    Saturday, September 26th, 2020 10:00am - 11:00am
    Location
    Biglin's Mortuary
    Address
    111 North 3th Street
    O'Neill, NE 68763
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  • Kathy's Funeral Service

    Saturday, September 26th, 2020 | 11:00am
    When
    Saturday, September 26th, 2020 11:00am
    Location
    Biglin's Mortuary
    Address
    111 North 3th Street
    O'Neill, NE 68763
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email
    Officiant
    Dr. Gary Fick
  • Interment

    Saturday, September 26th, 2020 | 12:00pm
    When
    Saturday, September 26th, 2020 12:00pm
    Location
    Inman Cemetery
    Address
    Address Not Available
    Inman, Nebraska
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Barbara Keil-Davis

Posted at 01:33pm
I'm sorry for your loss. Kathy and I grew up together, we were classmates. Prayers and blessings to all the family.

Love,
Barbara Keil-Davis
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Dennis & Roxanne Ryan

Posted at 06:49pm
God Bless the family with precious memories. I enjoyed my visits with Walter and he gave me a
history book as my husband's grandparents Pearl and Katie sold the ranch to Walt and Doris...we
had many good visits. Dennis & Roxanne Ryan
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Carol Henery

Posted at 11:11pm
To Kathy's family. I spent many years with her. We were in school together and in 4-H for years. She was shy but a friend always. Have thought of her for years but didn't know where she was. Am happy that she got to spend time with her son. She was a special person who had a big heart for others, which alot of people never got to find out. Sincerely Carol Gaughenbaugh Henery
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Jeanene Bang

Posted at 03:08pm
To the Fick Family - I remember Kathy from 4-H oh so many years ago. The entire Fick family was always at the Holt County Fair and onward from there. They were a family to be proud of and Kathy was a very energetic person who always did well. She will be greatly missed, but know that she is in a painfree world now. Keep the many memories close to your heart as that will help you in the days ahead.
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Frank & Mary Puglia

Posted at 03:47pm
To our dear cousin. Thinking of you and will miss you.
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