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January 18, 2009 1:15 pm

Charlotte Ficken

Written by Tribune Staff

(April 10, 1914 – Jan. 12, 2009)

Charlotte (Schweizer) Ficken died Monday, Jan. 12, at Aspen Meadows in Billings, Mont. She was 94.

She was born in Lincoln, Neb., on April 10, 1914 to Emma (Fritz) and Christian Schweizer. She grew up in New Raymer, Colo., where her father owned a meat market. She graduated from high school in New Raymer and went to business school for a year in Lincoln, Neb.

She married her high school sweetheart Howard Ficken, and they were married for 63 years. To this marriage four children were born: Diane, Karen, Linda and Steve.

Charlotte was a wonderful mother and caregiver. She was active in many organizations for her children: Girl Scouts, Boy Scouts, PTA and Job's Daughters, and she was also a longtime member of Eastern Star.

Charlotte and Howard lived in Powell for more than 50 years. After Howard's death in 1998 she moved to Billings to be closer to her daughter Diane, although she left her heart in Powell. She greatly missed her friends, neighbors, bridge club and especially the Union Presbyterian Church in Powell. She was employed for a time in retail sales which she enjoyed, especially at Nellemay's in Powell.

She was preceded in death by her husband Howard, her parents, a daughter Karen, and son-in-law, Gary Noddings.

She is survived by her children, Diane Noddings, Linda Manson, and Steve (Gwen) Ficken; grandchildren Chad (Madeline) Noddings, Cara (Thaddeus) Noddings Russo, Cavin (Joan) Noddings, Jane Gilmore, Dr. Tony (Katie) Manson, Stacy Arnold, Tara Ficken and Brian Ficken; great-grandchildren Chari and Cayden Noddings, Cole and Madison Russo. Max, Claire and Natalie Noddings, Hayley, Shelby and Jordan Gilmore, Katie and Tristan Arnold, and her brother and sister-in-law, Lloyd and Mary Schweizer and their son, Steve.

Funeral services were held Monday, Jan. 19 at Union Presbyterian Church in Powell with interment at Crown Hill Cemetery.

Remembrances may be shared with the family by visiting www.michelottisawyers.com
Michelotti-Sawyers Mortuary was charge of arrangements.