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Freida Blanche Fleck, 95, of Columbia City, passed away at 9:20 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 28, 2010 at Millerâ€™s Merry Manor Inc., Columbia City. Born July 5, 1915 in Columbia Township, she was a daughter of Charles Grover and Estella Mae (Crawford) Wynkoop.
She has been a lifelong resident of Columbia City graduating from Columbia City High School with the Class of 1933. On June 26, 1937 she married Raymond Franklin Fleck in Columbia City, where she spent 45 years in the same house on North Main Street. She was a homemaker, and at one time was secretary for DeKalb Seed Corn and worked in the office of Blue Bell, Columbia City for 17 years. She was a member of the First Church of God since age 14 and currently attended Columbia City United Methodist Church and was a past member of the Fidelity Club. Always an avid reader, she served on library committees; as a den mother; dedicated IU fan and also participated in several bridge groups over the years.
Survivors include her two sons, Richard Grover (Joyce) Fleck of Columbus and Mayor James Raymond (Kay M.) Fleck of Columbia City; four grandchildren, The Rev. Timothy (Robert Schmeler) Fleck of Lexington, Ky., Bradford Fleck of Columbus, The Rev. Paul (Renate) Fleck of New Haven, Conn., Heather (Neil) Wohlford-Fleck of Arlington, Va.; and two great-grandchildren, Daniel Fleck and Carys Wohlford.
She is preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Raymond Franklin Fleck; four sisters, Gwen M. Schwiebert, Edna L. Bowen, Gladys Orr and Vera M. Wheeler.
Visitation will be held from 3 to 7 p.m. Thursday at DeMoney-Grimes Countryside Park Funeral Home, 600 Countryside Drive, Columbia City. Funeral service will be held at 10 a.m. Friday at the funeral home. Those officiating will be Pastor David Arnold, The Rev. Timothy Fleck, The Rev. Paul Fleck and Heather Fleck. Burial will follow at Greenhill Cemetery, Columbia City.
Memorial gifts may be given in Mrs. Fleckâ€™s memory to the Columbia City United Methodist Church, the Columbia City First Church of God Building Funds or Passages, Inc. Envelopes will be available at the funeral home.
Visit www.demoneygrimes.com to send family condolences or sign the guest register book.