Steven Charles Fremarek, 59, of Columbus, NE died Monday, September 24, 2007 at Creighton Medical Center in Omaha, NE. Funeral services are 9:00 a.m. Saturday, September 29th at St. Bonaventure Catholic Church in Columbus with Rev. Tom Weisbecker officiating. Visitation is Friday at St. Bonaventure Church from 4:00 to 7:00 p.m. followed by a vigil service. Interment will be at the All Saints Cemetery in Columbus.
Steven was born November 24, 1947 in Chicago, IL to Stephen and Mary Ann (Todey) Fremarek. He grew up in Round Lake, north of Chicago, where he graduated from Round Lake High School in 1965. He attended the University of Nebraska-Lincoln on a basketball scholarship and was a member of Sigma Phi Epsilon Fraternity. Steven graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration in 1969. On February 28, 1970, he married Jan Benson in Pender, NE and had two children, Jeff and Jennifer. Steven was employed by several large companies such as Proctor and Gamble, Jenos, and Selection Research Institute. They moved to Columbus in 1987 and soon after purchased Mid-American Research Chemical Corporation where he served as President and CEO. Steven was the recipient of the Columbus Large Business of the Year Award. He was an active member of St. Bonaventure Catholic Church having served as Parish Council President, Confirmation Instructor, and Eucharistic Minister. He belonged to the Elks Country Club, served as the United Way Co-Chair, past Scotus Gala Chairman, and an avid golfer becoming a member of the hole-in-one club in 2004.
Steven is survived by:
Wife: Jan Fremarek of Columbus, NE
Son: Jeff (Jill) Fremarek and children Madeline and Maxwell of Columbus, NE
Daughter: Jennifer (David) Welte of Denver, CO
Mother: Mary Ann Fremarek of Columbus, NE
Brother: Don (Debbie) Fremarek and children Jessica and Amanda of Chicago, IL
Brother-in-law: Bill (Kim) Benson
Nieces and Nephews: Mike and Michelle Aerni, Dustin and Nicole Hamm, Leigh and Tim Rexius, Craig and Scott Benson
He was preceded in death by his father, Stephen, who passed away on August 14, 2007.
Memorials are suggested to St. Bonaventure Church, Elks Country Club for a conference room in his honor, or the University of Nebraska Foundation.