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Obituary for Mark E. Fredrickson

Mark Edward Fredrickson, age 54, of Northfield, passed away Sunday, July 15, 2018, at home surrounded by family and friends. His death came six months after the diagnosis of an aggressive kidney cancer. Mark was born the son of Roland and Joan (Brown) Fredrickson on April 2, 1964, in Bloomington, Minnesota. He attended Lincoln High School, graduating in 1982. He then studied Airframe and Powerplant at St. Cloud Technical College and went on to follow his father’s footsteps as an aircraft mechanic at Northwest Airlines. After the NWA strike (SCAB never), he worked ground maintenance at the airport. Mark married […]

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Mark Edward Fredrickson, age 54, of Northfield, passed away Sunday, July 15, 2018, at home surrounded by family and friends. His death came six months after the diagnosis of an aggressive kidney cancer.

Mark was born the son of Roland and Joan (Brown) Fredrickson on April 2, 1964, in Bloomington, Minnesota. He attended Lincoln High School, graduating in 1982. He then studied Airframe and Powerplant at St. Cloud Technical College and went on to follow his father’s footsteps as an aircraft mechanic at Northwest Airlines. After the NWA strike (SCAB never), he worked ground maintenance at the airport. Mark married Michelle Mathews on June 26, 1993, in Eagan, Minnesota and together they had two kids, Annika and Spencer. The family moved to Northfield in 1999.

Mark came from a family of 14 children. He was the guy that made everyone feel included and special. Mark loved kids and they loved him. In the kids’ schools, he was known as Shrek, volunteering in the classroom and for field trips. Mark had several other nicknames including Mr. Safety and Freddie. He loved fishing, sharing the sport with many. His once in a lifetime fishing trip to Kodiak Island in Alaska, became a near-annual event. He also enjoyed hunting, gardening, grilling, making popcorn and fish wraps, and baking chocolate chip cookies. Mark created family with many he met and he cherished that family.

Mark is survived by his wife of 25 years, Michelle, their daughter, Annika (Wes Braker) Fredrickson, their son, Spencer and Mark’s siblings Anne, Jane, John, Rollie, Joe, Cootsie, Cathy, Dan, Carol, Chris, Tim, Amy and Jennifer and their families. He was preceded in death by his parents.

Funeral services will be at St. Edward’s Catholic Church, 9401 Nesbitt Ave S, Bloomington, Minnesota on Friday, July 20, 2018, and beginning at 11:00. Visitation will be on Thursday, July 19, 2018, at Bierman Funeral Home, 1316 S. Division St, Northfield, Minnesota from 4 PM to 7 PM and one hour prior to the service in the church. In lieu of flowers, memorials are preferred to MinnAqua kid’s fishing DNR program www.dnr.state.mn.us/minnaqua/index.html. Arrangements by Bierman Funeral Home. biermanfuneralhome.com.

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Funeral

11:00 AM - July 20, 2018


Visitation One Hour Before Service
St. Edward's Catholic Church
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Visitation

4:00 PM - July 19, 2018 - 7:00 PM

Bierman Funeral Home
1316 Division St S Northfield, 55057 Get Directions

4 Comments

  1. George & Leslee Hoyum

    Our heartfelt condolences, Michelle and family. Know you are in our thoughts and prayers.

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  2. Ronald Huntington

    My most sincere condolences to the family, Mark was a good man and will be sorely missed.

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  3. Christine Otterdahl

    Michelle and Family, Our condolences to hear of Mark’s passing. We only knew you shortly – but have fond memories of his humor in the neighborhood. Stories were always told, and the fun of the airline business and it’s hardship were shared. May the Lord bless you and your loved ones during this difficult time.

    Christine, Andy and Mason Otterdahl

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  4. Bettine Hoff Hermanson

    Dear Michelle,
    I am so sorry to hear the news about your husband’s passing. I know you are heavy with grief and sorrow and I cannot even imagine the loss you are experiencing. Please know that I am thinking of you and sending you love and strength. The last few years have been extremely hard. So sorry you are going through this. Love to you and your family during the days ahead. —Bettine

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