What is Hamilton's Academy of Grief and Loss?

Death and grief are common human experiences, yet these experiences tend to be different for every individual. As a result, Hamilton's Academy of Grief & Loss offers a wide variety of resources available to you and your family as you begin to work through your grief.
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Hamilton's Academy of Grief and Loss offers a variety of services to educate, support and connect with those who are grieving.
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Wednesday, April 19, 2017
6-8 pm
Hamilton's near Highland Memory Gardens
121 NW 60th Avenue
Des Moines


Thursday, April 20, 2017
2:00 pm
Capitol Hill Christian Church
3322 E 25th St
Des Moines


Highland Memory Gardens Cemetery


Hamilton's near Highland Memory Gardens
121 NW 60th Avenue
Des Moines, Iowa 50313
(515) 289-2442

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Kenneth Freerksen


Kenneth Freerksen, 80, passed away April 14, 2017, in Des Moines. He was born October 17, 1936, to Arthur and Minnie Freerksen in Eldora, Iowa.

Kenneth enjoyed the outdoors; fishing, gardening, or working in his yard. He also enjoyed walking at Merle Hay Mall, visiting with his friends at McDonald’s, and playing pool. Above all else, he loved spending time with his family.

Kenneth is survived by his loving wife, Sue; son, Howard Freerksen; daughter, Laura (Jay) Stalzer; grandsons, Landon and Drew Stalzer; brothers, Harlan (Trudy) Freerksen and Steve Freerksen; as well as other loving family and friends. He was preceded in death by his parents and brothers, James, Stanley, and Dennis.

Funeral services will be held 2:00 p.m., Thursday, April 20, 2017, at Capitol Hill Christian Church, 3322 E. 25th Street, with burial to follow at Highland Memory Gardens Cemetery in Des Moines. Visitation will be held Wednesday evening from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. at Hamilton’s near Highland Memory Gardens, 121 NW 60th Avenue.

Memorial contributions may be directed to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital in loving memory of Kenneth.

Online condolences may be expressed at www.HamiltonsFuneralHome.com.