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Fredi Lowry

May 1, 1927 May 15, 2009
Fredi Lowry
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Worthington, MN     Elfreda Ione Lowry (Fredi), longtime Daily Globe columnist, tour guide and community servant, is remembered by her friends and neighbors as a woman who was involved in just about everything. Fredi died on May 15th at Crossroads Care Center in Worthington. She was 82. She's remembered as a benevolent prankster famous for her apple pie and rum cake, a perpetually curious journalist and puppeteer who was also a trusted tour guide for friends. “Lots of people travelled with her; I think it’s because they knew they’d be well cared for,” friend Jan Rickers said of Fredi. “When we traveled, I’d say ‘Oh that looks interesting.’ (She’d) put on the brakes (and say) ‘Let’s go see what it is.’ … Fredi was a perfect traveler,” said Doris Rubsam, a longtime friend and travel companion. The two took many trips to Europe together. “There wasn’t anybody that she didn’t talk to,” Rubsam said. “She loved to get stories. Her curiosity was fantastic. ”That curiosity served her well when she worked at the KWOA radio station and as a founding employee of Cable 3 in Worthington. She also wrote a column, “Keep it Under Your Hat,” which appeared in the Daily Globe for decades. Fredi also organized several trips for a group of her friends, playing tour guide to such destinations as the Bridges of Madison County in Iowa or Native American pow-wows in Wisconsin. She served as a Cub Scout leader, performed many puppet shows for local children, and ran the Worthington City Hostess Service. She was especially remembered for her dedication to a church program that matched parishioners with disabled community members. Her commitment to community service earned her an Athena Award and Outstanding Community Service Award, awarded by the Worthington Area Chamber of Commerce.     Fredi, a Sioux Falls, S.D., native, studied journalism at the University of Iowa before eventually relocating to Worthington in the early ’50s. She was preceded in death by her husband, Raymond, and is survived by her three sons, Todd, Chris and Ray III, as well as five grandchildren.      Funeral services will be held on Saturday, May 23, 2009, at 10:30 a.m., at Westminster Presbyterian Church in Worthington, MN, with Rev. Jim Krapf officiating. Burial will be in the Worthington Cemetery.Visitation will be held on Friday, May 22, 2009, from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., at the Benson Funeral Home in Worthington.

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