Freda D. Hanke

Freda D. Hanke (nee Liggett), age 93, peacefully passed away on Thursday, June 25, 2020, at Meramec Bluffs Senior Living Center in Ballwin, Missouri.

A Memorial Service was held at Webster Groves Presbyterian Church in St. Louis, Missouri. Burial of her ashes will be in the Shelton Cemetery, Shelton, at a date to be determined in the Fall.

In lieu of flowers, memorials are suggested to the LSS Living Foundation (in the memo line write “Benevolent Care”), Lutheran Senior Services, 1150 Hanley Industrial Court, St. Louis, MO 63144.

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She was born on February 2, 1927, near Flagler, Colorado, the daughter of James R. and Estella (Wendel) Liggett.

She was united in marriage for 46 years to Orville W. Hanke in 1964 in Phillipsburg, Kansas, where they lived until returning to Grand Island in 1989. After Orville’s passing in 2010, she moved to St. Louis, Missouri, to be near her son and his family. Although she lived most of her life in Nebraska and in small communities, she adapted to life in St. Louis, Missouri, and at Meramec Bluffs where she read books, made friends, and participated in activities.

She is survived by her son, James R. (Mia) Walters, of St. Louis, Missouri; brother-inlaw, Wayne (Dorothy) Hanke, of Phillipsburg, Kansas; late brother’s wife, Rosalie Liggett, of Vancouver, Washington; seven grandchildren; many great-grandchildren and greatgreat-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews and their children. She was preceded in death by her husband, Orville Hanke; her parents; her daughter, Angela Brewster; and three older brothers and their wives, Harold (Leona) Liggett, F. Eugene Liggett, and Bob (Lois) Liggett.

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