Obituary – B.J. Fredenhagen

Last Updated on March 11th, 2018

Written by Paul Bomleny
B.J. Fredenhagen
Berta Jean “BJ” Fredenhagen, 89, of Tiskilwa, passed away Friday March 2, 2018 at Liberty Village in Princeton.
BJ was born June 14, 1928 in Princeton, IL, the daughter of Albert and Imogene (Sarver) Lee.  She resided in Tiskilwa, IL all her life. She married David C. Fredenhagen August 5, 1950. He preceded her in death in 2013.
She is survived by her three children: Charles (Jane) Fredenhagen of Tiskilwa;  Roger Fredenhagen of Champaign; and Judy (Bill) Kramer of Waynesville, NC; 2 grandchildren: Adam Fredenhagen of Tiskilwa and Laura Fredenhagen of Las Cruces, NM;  and several nieces and nephews.  She was preceded in death by her husband David; her brother Charles E. Lee; and her parents. 
Mrs. Fredenhagen was a 1946 graduate of Tiskilwa High School, and a 1949 graduate of Illinois State University with a degree in Business Education.  She was a teacher in the Tiskilwa school district for 27 years. Over the years she taught Physical Ed and Business Ed at Tiskilwa High School and 4th Grade and Physical Ed at Tiskilwa Grade School. 
She was a member of the Tiskilwa Methodist Church, the P.E.O. sisterhood Chapter IH, Delta Kappa Gamma, the Illinois Education Association, the National Education Association, and the Bureau County Retired Teachers Association.  
She loved spending time with her family and her special cat. Hosting parties at their home and socializing with friends were favorite activities of BJ and her husband Dave. They also enjoyed several memorable trips during their retirement years. 
A Memorial Service will be held at 6 p.m.Friday, March 16, in the Chapel of Fiocchi-Jensen Funeral Home, Princeton. Private interment will be held at a later date in the Mt. Bloom Cemetery, Tiskilwa. Visitation will be from 4 p.m. until the time of the service Friday in the funeral home. Private online condolences may be left for BJ’s family at
Memorials may be directed to the Tiskilwa Ambulance Service or the Tiskilwa Historical Society.