Wilma L. Fricke
June 18, 1926 – April 1, 2021
Wilma L. Fricke, 94, of Springfield, passed away at 1:05 am Thursday, April 1, 2021 at Concordia Village Care Center.
She was born in Petersburg, IL, June 18, 1926 the daughter of Rudolph H. and Etta L. (Roegge) Fricke. She was preceded in death by her parents, a brother, Lee Fricke, and two sisters; Dorothy Koopman and Carolyn Fricke.
Wilma was a member of Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church LCMS and served on various committees and boards. She was a member of the Trinity Ladies Aid, the Quilters and assisted with the financial recording each week. She entered her quilts in the Illinois State Fair for many years. One of her award winning quilts was displayed at the Abraham Lincoln Museum. Wilma retired in 1990 from Memorial Medical Center where she served as a Registered Nurse for over 43 years. She was instrumental in the starting of the Memorial Medical Center Retirees Club.
She is survived by her Sister, Jean (Jim) Beardsley of Santa Rosa, CA, two brothers, Howard (Sharon) Fricke of Topeka, KS and Jerry Fricke of Okeechobee, FL, her nieces and nephews: Rick (Rachel) Koopman and Kathy Koopman of Springfield, Ron Koopman of Decatur, IL, Ken Koopman of Ft. Myers, FL., Dan Beardsley of Santa Rosa, CA, Denise (Craig) Maudru of Camino, CA, Karen (John Panzer) Fricke of Rockville, MD, Steve (Robin) Fricke of Indialantic, FL, Dave (Linda) Fricke of Topeka, KS, Brian (Annette) Fricke of New Smyrna Beach, FL, Mark (Susan) Fricke of Chuluota, FL and Michael Fricke of Palmdale, CA. There are several great nieces and nephews as well as cousins.
Arrangements are in the care of Bisch Funeral Home West 2931 S. Koke Mill Rd. Springfield, IL where the family will greet family and friends from 4-7 pm Thursday, April 8, 2021. A funeral service to be held at the funeral home, Friday April 9, 2021 at 10:30 am. Rev. Paul Hemenway officiating. Burial will follow in Oak Ridge Cemetery.
Those who wish may direct memorial contributions in her name to Trinity Lutheran Church, Memorial Medical Center Foundation or Concordia Village.
Please visit the online “Life Remembered Story” at www.bischfuneralhomewest.com where tributes and condolences may be left for the family.
Arrangements are in the care of Bisch Funeral Home West. 217-544-5424
- Trinity Lutheran Church
- Memorial Medical Center Foundation
- Concordia Village
Thursday, April 8, 2021
Friday, April 9, 2021
Wilma L. Fricke
April 17, 2021
I worked with Miss Fricke for a number of years. She was one of the most caring, gracious and professional nurses I have ever known. She inspired so many. Rest In Peace.
April 7, 2021
What a special person she was . I worked at Memorial for 9 yrs , got married and moved to Chicago and then after 36 yrs moved back . I then went to the Memorial Retirees meetings even though I didn't retire from there and was so pleased to see familiar faces and Miss Fricke was one of them . Sending Prayers and sympathy to all of her family May she rest in peace
Margaret Meyer Gehlbach
Lance & Marilyn Davsko
April 7, 2021
Rick & Family; Marilyn & I are so sorry to see the loss of your aunt. Please except our condolences and we will keep her in our prayers. Rick miss seeing you and rachel, hope all is well.
April 6, 2021
Miss Fricke was my boss and my friend. I was a senior student when she was head nurse on 7A. She was immaculate in uniform, kind, caring and helpful. Several years later as Director of Nursing she held head nurse meetings with Ed Curtis, Susan Lockenour, Alice Green and myself. Those were fun as well as informative! She was respected and set a positive example for all nurses. Even after she retired I could not call her Wilma. Thank you Miss Fricke for your patience and kindness. You will never be forgotten!
April 6, 2021
Miss Fricke was a picture-perfect example of a professional, kind, caring, and compassionate Nurse. I remember when I started my career at Memorial, she was always kind and supportive of new nurses and led by example. She inspired many Nurses to the call of duty.
April 3, 2021
Of the many Nurses I had the privilege of knowing, Miss Fricke
was one of the most caring, loving and respectful professionals.
May she rest in peace!
April 2, 2021
I worked with Miss Fricke for years. She was always professional and kind. She has been a part of MMC for many years and will be missed. May God Bless the family/