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Lauris Jeanne Marie “Laurie” Kassebaum Fickes

Richfield, Hennepin County, Minnesota, USA
Death 18 Nov 2011 (aged 77)
Peacham, Caledonia County, Vermont, USA
Burial Unknown
Memorial ID 101248608 · View Source
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Lauris (Laurie) Jeanne Marie Fickes, Mar 5, 1934 - Nov. 18, 2011, resident of Peacham, VT, passed peacefully at her home in the company of loved ones. She spent the last year and a half being tenderly cared for by her daughter, Margie. Laurie died from complications related to Alzheimer's Disease. Laurie was born in Richfield, Minnesota to Franklyn and Lauris Kassebaum. When she was five, her family moved to California where she continued to live until 2001. Laurie was preceded in death by her husband of 49 years, Jerry Lloyd Fickes, who died May 21, 2001 (Santa Cruz, CA). She is survived by her son, Stan (Laura) Fickes, and daughters Annette Green, Margie (David) Lema, and Charlotte (Donald) Pannell. Laurie is also survived by her brothers Nick (Carolyn) Adams, Arthur (Verdery) Kassebaum, sister Louise Steuben, many nieces and nephews, 12 grandchildren, and one great-grandchild. A very special and dear woman, Laurie was smart, lively, adventurous, and musical. She laughed often and loved a good play on words or clever turn of a phrase. Laurie shared a passion for gardening and love of rhododendrons with her beloved Jerry and their four children. Her children have fond memories of falling asleep to her lullabies, the sound of her sewing machine, or her playing piano. They stayed warm in her hand-knitted sweaters, ate many home-cooked meals, and enjoyed her buttermilk pancakes with homemade applesauce. Laurie was many wonderful things, but it must also be said that she was exceptionally brave in the face of Alzheimer's Disease. Memorial contributions may be directed to the Alzheimer's Association at or by writing to Alzheimer's Association, P.O. Box 96011, Washington, DC 20090-6011.

Published in San Jose Mercury News/San Mateo County Times on December 2, 2011.


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