March 18, 1941 — Oct. 15, 2017
Dana Marie Frieden was born at home March 18, 1941 in Whittemore, to Hildreth and Elvira (Wershpan) Pettit. She was the second youngest of five children, with three brothers (Peter, Ronnie and William) and one sister (Lael). The family lived in the country and operated a huge ballroom called The Plantation, where weddings and dances were hosted. Dana received her high school education in the Whittemore school system prior to attending La James College in Mason City, studying cosmetology. Dana worked as a beautician for a short time and later worked as a CNA at the West Bend Care Center, finally retiring in 1998 after working 20 years at Snap-On Tools. Over the years she also brightened all sorts of events with her delicious cookies which she named “Dana’s Dainties” - they were delicious!
Dana met Ernie Frieden on a blind date (after some urging from her sister Lael) when she was 18. The two were married on Nov. 15, 1960. Through their union they conceived five children: Pat (Judy) Frieden, Rodman; Monica (Dar) Christensen, Belmond; Bill (Sherri) Frieden, West Bend; Ellen (Kenny) Bledsoe, Maryville, Mo.; Dan (Lori) Frieden, Rome, N.Y. Dana also enjoyed the company and love of her and Ernie’s grandchildren: Matt and Joe Frieden; Leigh, Kasie, Tyler, Dana and Caydon Christensen; Ben, Amanda and Sam Frieden; Isaac and Hannah Bledsoe; and their great grandchildren: Caleb and Ethan Frieden; and Zoey Faaborg, Jaicee Pickens and Knox Christensen. Dana is survived by all her children and grandchildren as well as her sister Lael (Tony) Kahler, Bancroft; brother William (Marnie) Pettit, Tulsa, Okla.; and her special friend Dean Schmeling, Fremont, Neb. Dana is preceded in death by her parents, brothers Ronnie and Peter, and her husband of nearly 50 years, Ernie who passed away on Nov. 12, 2009.
Dana will be remembered by her loved ones for the simple way she lived and her amazing sense of humor. She loved the colors purple and blue, butterflies, bird watching, gardening, fishing, a good card game, the occasional trip to the casino and “The Price is Right” (especially when Bob Barker was still on the show). Countless fishing trips and wonderful holidays spent with Dana have created traditions that will live on in the lives of those that loved her the most. Our time with Dana will be treasured and never forgotten; and the love for our mother, sister, grandmother, and friend will stay in our hearts forever.