Funeral services were held Thursday, April 8, 2010, at Mount Olivet Lutheran Church, Minneapolis, for Constance I. Fridland, 78, of Bloomington, Minn., who died Saturday, April 3 in Green Bay, Wis., after battling Alzheimer’s disease for the last years of her life.
Connie was born Aug. 20, 1931, in Rugby, a daughter of Claude and Bertha Oppen. She was raised on the family farm two miles east of Berwick. After graduation from Rugby High School, she attended the University of Minnesota, receiving her Bachelor’s Degree in Journalism. She married James Fridland on July 2, 1958. After her graduation from college, she worked in advertising for about 10 years, until becoming a full-time homemaker. She also belonged to many social groups. James died June 21, 2000.
She is survived by a son, James; a daughter, Deborah; three grandchildren; sisters, Lois Anderson and Claudette Smette; sisters-in-law, Sharon Oppen and Mary Kay Oppen; and other relatives and friends.
She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, James; and brothers, Robert and Richard Oppen.
Casketbearers were William Fridland, Patrick Fridland, John Fridland, David Smette, Randy Oppen, and Warner Knudson.