Michelle “Shell” Kay Fredricks, age 50 of Lake Benton, passed away Monday, April 2, 2018 at Tyler Healthcare Center in Tyler. Memorial Services will be held at 10:00 a.m. Friday, April 6, 2018 at Grace Lutheran Church in Lake Benton. Visitation will be 4:00-8:00 p.m. Thursday AT THE CHURCH and will continue one hour prior to the service at church Friday. Interment will be in the Diamond Lake Lutheran Cemetery. Stephens Funeral Service – Tyler Area Funeral Home is assisting the family with arrangements.
Michelle was born June 28, 1967 to Robert and Janice (Fischer) Brown on the US Air Force Base near Cape Cod, Massachusetts. She was baptized and confirmed in the Lutheran faith. As a young child and being a “military brat,” Shell and her family traveled to and lived various places in Europe, including Germany, France, and Spain. The family later returned to the United States and settled in Tyler. Shell graduated from Russell-Tyler High School and then studied accounting at Minnesota West Community Technical College in Pipestone. On September 27, 1986, she married Loren Fredricks at Grace Lutheran Church in Lake Benton. She was currently employed at Skyview Junction in Elkton, SD, where she made many great friends and enjoyed visiting with “the regulars.” Shell was always very involved with her kids, traveling to see them every chance she had, from family game nights to simply spending the evening watching her grandkids. She loved going to every event and activity. Shell had an immeasurable amount of love for her kids and grandkids, and truly lived for them. She had a genuine kindess about her, and had a hard time saying “no” (especially to the grandbabies).
Michelle is survived by her husband Loren Fredricks of Lake Benton; children: Lance (Amber) Fredricks of Pipestone and Miranda (Carl) Burfeind of Kindred, ND; grandchildren: Hayden, Hadley & Hexton Fredricks and Ryker Burfeind; mother Janice Brown of Tyler; siblings: Allen (Ulma) Brown of Tyler, Cindy (John) Mundy of Scranton, KS, Diane (David) Fiegen of Marshall and Tom “TJ” (Cheryl) Brown of Heron Lake. She is preceded in death by her father Bob.