Fredda Clisham (b. October 7 1919; d. May 10, 2020)


Clisham, Fredda 10/7/1919 - 5/10/2020 Ann Arbor

Fredda Christine Clisham was born in Ann Arbor at 513 E. Washington Street in 1919 to William and Christine (Lutz) Keppler. She died on May 10, 2020 after a long and joyous life.

Fredda graduated from Ann Arbor High School in 1937. She married Patrick Clisham on December 31, 1938 and they had 5 children – Jo Ellen (Joseph) Ivacko, Sally, Patrick, Christine and Cathy Clisham. She had 3 grandsons, Joe, Tom (Judy), and Paul Ivacko, and 2 great-grandsons, Nicholas and Alexander Ivacko.

Fredda loved her hometown of Ann Arbor and was proud to be a native and, as such, labeled an "endangered species". She enjoyed taking classes at Washtenaw Community College, ushering at Hill Auditorium for the UM Musical Society, her part-time jobs – first at Burns Park School, then Clonlara School, and finally at the UM Health System. Fredda also enjoyed being a part of the Burns Park Players theater group and spending time reading with children at the neighborhood child care center.

Fredda's desire was that her body, upon death, be donated to the University of Michigan Medical School.

A celebration of life service will be held at a later time. Fredda requested that flowers be omitted and, if people wish, donations may be made to the Humane Society of Huron Valley, Unity Church of Ann Arbor, or to the Ann Arbor Symphony Orchestra. She asked that the following Shakespeare quote be included in her obituary: "This world's a city full of straying streets, and Death is the market place where each one meets".

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