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Marian Fattig, 83 - January 15, 2013

Marian S. Fattig, 83, of Brady passed away Tuesday, Jan. 15, 2013, at Golden Living Center in Cozad.
Services will take place at 2:30 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 19, at the Blase-Strauser Memorial Chapel, 620 10th St. in Gothenburg with the Rev. Janie Freeman officiating. A private family burial will be conducted at Fort McPherson National Cemetery.
A closed casket visitation will be Friday, Jan. 18, from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. at Blase-Strauser Memorial Chapel.
Fattig was born Dec. 18, 1929, at Brady to Edwin and Edith Brown Hoaglund. She attended Brady High School and earned an associate degree at Mid-Plains Community College.
She married her husband of 63 years, Dale Forrest Fattig, on June 1, 1947, at the Brady Methodist Church. The couple spent the early years of their marriage homesteading on Mirage Flats in Sheridan County. After their return in 1951, she worked for a time as a switchboard operator for the telephone company in Brady.
Fattig and her husband moved to a farm in 1957 that would become their home for the rest of their lives. After the family aquaculture business, Fattig Fish, was founded the same year, she became instrumental in the operation’s continued success.
While she devoted most of her time to raising her six children, she also cared for a plethora of other flora and fauna, including Simmental and Gelbvieh cattle, Schnauzers, songbirds and a diverse collection of beautiful flowers and trees.
Equally as diverse were her interests as she participated in many political and civic activities in Lincoln County, often campaigning for candidates and helped administer the national census.
She enjoyed crocheting and embroidering, painting watercolors, solving crosswords and reading novels and poetry, family members said.
Children were at the center of her heart and, after her own children left home, she studied child development at the University Nebraska at Kearney, and often babysat. She was devoted to her many grandchildren, and the arrival of her great-grandchildren brought a renewed sense of joy into her life, the family said.
Fattig was preceded in death by: her husband, Dale; her parents, Edwin and Edith; two brothers—Richard “Eugene” Hoaglund and Vernon “Shorty” Hoaglund.
Survivors include: her three sons—Roger (Melanie) Fattig and Mark Fattig, all of North Platte, and Bruce (Ann) Fattig of Kearney; three daughters—Susan (John Grasser) of Chevy Chase, MD, Sharon (Cliff) Johnson of Wellingborough, England, and Carol (Barry) Rich, of Brady; 15 grandchildren—Elissa, Crystal, Ethan, Brandon, Lauren, Sarah, Ted, Katherine, Eric, John Pierce “JP,” Elisabeth, Cody, Kirsten, Caelea and Lilian; 12 great-grandchildren—Isaac, Jonah, Kyrie, Carly, Chloe, Dale, Madden, Adelyn, Steven, Beatrix, Emmett and Rylan; numerous other family members.
Memorials are suggested to the Alzheimer’s Association, 1500 S. 70th St., Suite 201, Lincoln, NE 68506, the American Heart Association, 105 Apache Dr. Lexington, NE 68850, and the Callahan Oncology Center, P.O. Box 1167, North Platte, NE 69103.