Winifred Oglesby - August 18, 2009Winifred “Freddie” (Lichtenberger) Oglesby, 90, of York, died Tuesday, Aug. 18, 2009.
Funeral services were Saturday Aug. 22 at the First Evangelical Lutheran Church in York with the Rev. Terry Cosier officiating. Burial was in Plainfield Cemetery, west of Bradshaw.
She was born July 7, 1919 in Bradshaw, to Josiah “Joe” and Marie Johanna (Enderle) Lichtenberger.
She graduated from York High School in 1936, attended Kearney State Teachers College and returned to teach in a one room schoolhouse in rural Bradshaw.
On June 1, 1941 she married Rolland E. Oglesby at Hampton. To that union, two daughters were born, Sandra and Billie.
She opened “The Yardstick” in 1952 and later known as “Freddies Fabrics” in Grand Island and York for 35 years. She was one of the first successful business women in York and Central Nebraska. The fabric store was the first exclusive fabric store in Nebraska.
She was an active member of the First Evangelical Lutheran Church of York where she served on the church council and was nominated first woman president of the council and sewed many quilts in the sewing guild.
She was the first female member of the York Ambassadors and first female president of the Chamber of Commerce in 1983. She was Yorkfest queen in 1986 and named ambassador of the year and received the Chambers Outstanding Service Award. She was an active member of the American Legion Auxiliary. She was involved in the Crimestoppers Committee, Rotary Club, Retired Teacher’s Assoc., York General Hospital Auxiliary, and many community improvement projects. One of her greatest joys in life was her grandchildren and great grandchildren.
Survivors include her daughters: Sandra (Charles) Hall of Houston, Texas and Billie and (Roger) Petersen of Waco; grandchildren: Charles (Mary) Hall of Coppell, Texas, Belinda Hall of Houston, Texas, Freddie and (Trevor) Holman of Tomball, Texas, Ross Petersen of York, and Staci (Jason) Naber of York; several great-grandchildren; one sister-in-law, Lucille (Hutsell) Foote; many nieces, nephews, friends, and a very special, life-long friend, Robert Spore of York.
She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, twin sisters Jean Stacy and Jane Hendricks, brother Alan Lichtenberger, and sister Josephine Smith.
Memorials may be directed to the First Evangelical Lutheran Church. Condolences may be left for the family at www.metzmortuary.com.