Brady Resident: Marian S. Fattig, age 83 (1929-2013)

Marian S. Fattig, 83, of Brady, Nebraska, died January 15th, 2013, at Golden LivingCenter in Cozad.

Marian was born December 18th, 1929, in Brady to Edwin and Edith Brown Hoaglund. She attended Brady High School and earned an Associate’s Degree at Mid-Plains Community College.

Marian married her husband of 63 years, Dale Forrest Fattig, on June 1st, 1947, at the Brady Methodist Church. They spent the early years of their marriage homesteading on Mirage Flats in Sheridan County. After their return in 1951, Marian worked for a time as a switchboard operator for the telephone company in Brady.

Marian and Dale moved to the farm that would become their home for the rest of their lives in 1957. After the family aquaculture business, Fattig Fish, was founded that same year, Marian became instrumental in the operation’s continued success. While she devoted most of her time to raising her six children, Marian cared for a plethora of other flora and fauna, including Simmental and Gelbvieh cattle, Schnauzers, songbirds, and a diverse collection of beautiful flowers and trees.

Equally as diverse were Marian’s interests. Marian participated in many political and civic activities in Lincoln County; she often campaigned for candidates and helped administer the national census. She enjoyed crocheting and embroidering, painting watercolors, solving crosswords, and reading novels and poetry.
Children were at the center of her heart and after her own children left home, Marian studied Child Development at University of Nebraska-Kearney and often babysat. She was devoted to her many grandchildren and the arrival of her great-grandchildren brought a renewed sense of joy into her life.

Survivors include her three sons, Roger (Melanie) Fattig and Mark Fattig, all of North Platte, Nebraska and Bruce (Ann) Fattig, of Kearney, Nebraska; three daughters, Susan (John Grasser), of Chevy Chase, Maryland, Sharon (Cliff) Johnson, of Wellingborough, England and Carol (Barry) Rich, of Brady; 15 grandchildren, Elissa, Crystal, Ethan, Brandon, Lauren, Sarah, Ted, Katherine, Eric, John Pierce "JP," Elisabeth, Cody, Kirsten, Caelea and Lilian; 12 great-grandchildren, Isaac, Jonah, Kyrie, Carly, Chloe, Dale, Madden, Adelyn, Steven, Beatrix, Emmett and Rylan; and other family.

Marian was preceded in death by her husband; her parents; and two brothers, Richard ‘Eugene’ Hoaglund and Vernon ‘Shorty’ Hoaglund.

Funeral services will be held Saturday, January 19th, 2013, at the Blase-Strauser Memorial Chapel, 620 Tenth St. in Gothenburg, with Rev. Janie Freeman officiating.
Private Family Burial was in Fort McPherson National Cemetery.
Memorials are suggested to the Alzheimer's Association, 1500 S 70th Street, Suite 201, Lincoln, NE 68506; American Heart Association, 105 Apache DR Lexington, NE 68850; Callahan Oncology Center, PO Box 1167, North Platte, NE 69103.
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