Entered into Rest: July 12, 2012
Fred Festersen passed away of natural causes on July 12, 2012.
Fred had lived in Roseville for over 90 years, having moved there with his rail yard working father Fritz, and his mother Rose. Fred attended Roseville public schools with his brothers Joe and Jon and his sister Rosalie and had graduated from Roseville High School in 1934. Fred and his wife Erin (Nardi) raised 5 children, all of whom attended Roseville public schools and Roseville High School. In 1946, upon returning from his service as a Naval Pilot in World War II, He started a real estate and insurance brokerage on Riverside Ave., just steps from his family home. In 1960, Festersen & Assoc. relocated to 605 Douglas Blvd., where it would remain until 2000. During this 54 year period, Fred supported hundreds of young people by his sponsorship of Little League, Bobby Sox, Camp Fire and Boy Scouts. Fred also provided numerous Roseville youths with their first work experience in Regional Occupation Programs (ROP).
Fred gave freely of his time, money and talents to the Roseville Community. He served as one of the original Roseville Hospital Board of Directors. He was a multiple term president of PRIDE industries and instrumental in it development as the number one employer in the U.S. of developmentally disabled persons. In honor of his contributions, PRIDE created the “Fred Festersen Award”, which annually honors individuals for outstanding service to those with developmental disabilities. Fred was a charter member and past president of Roseville Kiwanis, United Way, Big Brothers, St. Vincent DePaul, Red Cross, Golden Empire of Boy Scouts, North Roseville REC and the Placer County Insurance Agents Association. He was named by the Placer County Association of Realtors, Honorary membership in 1984, and was the last surviving member of the 11 original Placer MLS members. In 2011, the City of Roseville named a park in his honor. Among other things Fred loved travel, having seen most of the world , and spending time with his family at the old cabin on the South Fork of the American River. He played tennis into his late 70’s. Fred was a prolific crossword player and was sharp as a tack right to the end. He particularly loved to visit Fred Festersen Park, watching families enjoy themselves at the playground. The last few years were difficult, but he never complained. He was a strong, caring person with friends from all walks of life.
Fred is survived by his wife of 67 years, Erin, his sister Rosalie Pitt, His five children Sheila Fleming (Bill Kerner), Kathy Lesmeister (Frank), Fred Festersen ( Lorna), Kerin Festersen and Jon Festersen(Rebecca), 7 grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren. The family wishes to express their love and sincere thanks to the staff at the Palms and to health aid Christine Davidson. Friends are welcome to attend a Funeral Mass at St. Rose of Lima Catholic Church, 615 Vine St. Roseville on Friday August 24th at 11:00 a.m. a reception will follow at Sierra View Country Club. Remembrances may be made to Kiwanis Club of Roseville at www.Rosevillekiwanis.org.