Lenemaja Friedman

October 9, 1924March 2, 2013

Lenemaja Friedman

October 9, 1924-March 2, 2013

Columbus, GA- Lenemaja Friedman, Oct. 9th 1924 - March 2nd 2013

Lenemaja von Heister graced the world with her gentle presence on Oct. 9th 1924. The daughter of titled aristocrats she was born in the landscape of post- World War I Europe. Her family emigrated from Germany to the United States when she was a young child, and settled in the mountains of New York State. An extraordinarily bright and talented woman she attended the University of Washington during a time when few women ventured into higher education. Dr. Friedman later went on to earn a PhD in English Literature from Florida State University. Her professional successes include many years as an English Literature Professor at Columbus State University, culminating in her becoming Chair of the Department of Language and Literature. During her career she wrote four books of scholarly merit, published by a literary press. Enjoying an active retirement, Dr. Lee Friedman avidly enjoyed ballroom dancing, Tai Chi, Yoga and she also volunteered as a Docent at the Columbus Museum. An extraordinary human being, Lee Friedman left this world on March 2, 2013. A member of the Lutheran Church of the Redeemer, she had a deep and abiding faith. She leaves behind a loving family and many loyal friends. She will be deeply missed by her four daughters; Joanne, Linell, Kerry and Sandra, her sons-in-law; Mike McCarty and Denis Grisard, and by her two beloved grandsons; Ben Peeler and Philippe Grisard. Visitation will be from 1:00 p.m. until 2:45 p.m. on Friday, March 8, 2013 at Striffler-Hamby on Macon Rd. A funeral service will follow at 3:00 p.m. with graveside service afterward. In lieu of flowers, please send donations either to Lutheran Church of the Redeemer, 4700 Armour Rd, Columbus, GA 31904, CSU Foundation, Richards Hall, 4225 University Ave. Columbus, GA 31907, or a charity of your choice .


  • Visitation Friday, March 8, 2013
  • Funeral Service Friday, March 8, 2013

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Victoria Batten

July 5, 2013

In the 1980s, Dr. Friedman was my teacher and mentor. Because of the patience she had with my learning to write, I was successful in achieving a Ph.D. in English. She has made one of the biggest impacts in my life--teaching me to write academically.

Debra Lisenbey

March 9, 2013

It was an honor to know Lee Friedman. I knew her through my friendship with her daugther Sandra and I came to know their wonderful family over the years. She was a true inspiration to me and influenced a love of books in my life. I knew her as a very strong woman, making a life for her girls in Columbus, GA. She will be missed and my thoughts and prayers will continue for her daughters and other family members.

March 9, 2013

dear family,
Thank you for sharing your mom with us as adolescents. She inspired us to read something more beyond our comics and supported my attempt to write something beyond a paragraph in a slam book.
Ms. Friedman was an excellant teacher and a wonderful human being. My condolences to all that loved her,
Stevie Weston Morris, lucky to have her as an english teacher!

Marnie Delano

March 9, 2013

The world has lost one of its finer lights. Lee left so many positive impressions on us as students and I shall always remember her with great fondness and respect.

Pam & Darl Rantz

March 8, 2013

Caryl Lloyd

March 7, 2013

She was a good friend to me by being honest. A really wonderful person who saw life's changes as challenges. I am sorry she is gone. Deepest sympathies to her daughters.

Tom Hanley

March 7, 2013

I will miss our conversations. You could see in her eyes that she was always thinking.

March 7, 2013

Our deepest sympathy on the loss of such a special lady. She will be missed. Dennis and Lauren Young

March 6, 2013

You will be missed. What a wonderful lady.
Dena and Dennis Lanier

March 5, 2013

So sad to lose this special member of C.A.L.L. We will miss her very much.
Georgette Nixon, C.A.L.L. Membership Chair