Freda E. Kratochvil

November 5, 1928April 4, 2021
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It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Freda Ellen Kratochvil, “Sam,” “Grandma-1” of Culpeper, VA, on Sunday, April 4, 2021, at her home The Culpeper. She was born in Brooklyn, NY on November 5, 1928 to the late James and Freda Connors. After moving to Queens, NY she met the love of her life, the late Joe Kratochvil. They were married on April 25, 1949, and moved to East Meadow, NY where she raised six children. After moving to Culpeper, VA. in 1971, she made it her home. Freda was a very active member of Precious Blood Catholic Church, serving with the choir singing, playing the organ, and as Director of Music. She was also a Charter Member of the Knights of Columbus John J. Cempre Council #6328 Ladies Auxiliary.

Freda loved sharing time with friends and, most importantly her grandchildren and great-grandchildren. In addition to her parents and husband of 70 years, Freda was preceded in death by her son Jimmy Kratochvil, her sister Roberta Ostermeier and brother James Connors.

She leaves behind her son Joe Kratochvil (Anneliese) of Rixeyville, VA, her daughters Eileen Hunter (Bob) of Scranton, PA, Maureen McNemar (Jim) of Culpeper, VA, Loretta Fleming (Tim) of Fredericksburg, VA, and Jane Bunch (Vernon) of Culpeper, VA. Freda is also survived by her grandchildren Melissa Kratochvil, Jacob McNemar, Candice Rueda, Sean McNemar, Jennifer Berryman, Jonathan Fleming, Matthew Fleming, AnnMarie Collins, Bob Hunter, J.J. McNemar, Jason Bunch, Kelly Bunch, Taylor Rupard, Tony Kratochvil, and Joey Kratochvil. Also, her great-grandchildren Julianne McNemar, Ryan McNemar, Shane Fleming, Declan McNemar, Alex Fleming, Chase McNemar, Adrianna Rueda, Marreon Chavis, Ryker Berryman, Ava Fleming, Emily McNemar, and Levi Wetzel.

The family will receive friends on Thursday April 8, 2021 from 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. at Clore-English Funeral Home. On Friday April 9, 2021 at 11 a.m., a Mass of Christian Burial will be held at Precious Blood Catholic Church with burial service to follow at the Culpeper National Cemetery- New Grounds- at noon. For those unable to attend the Mass, it will be streamed at the following link: The family would like to thank the staff at The Culpeper for their compassion, service, and support during her stay.

In lieu of flowers, the family is requesting donations be made to the “Freda Kratochvil Scholarship for Young Pastoral Musicians” (c/o Precious Blood Catholic Church 114 E. Edmondson St. Culpeper, VA 22701).

Fond memories of Freda and condolences may be sent to the Kratochvil family through The Kratochvil family has entrusted Clore-English Funeral Home with these arrangements.



  • Visitation

    Thursday, April 8, 2021

  • Mass of Christian Burial

    Friday, April 9, 2021



  • Interment to Follow in Culpeper National Cemetery, New Grounds


Freda E. Kratochvil

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Lisa Peacock

April 10, 2021

Joe and Freda were wonderful humans and will always hold a special place in our hearts. We appreciate all the years of music and fond memories. May the peace of the Lord be with you. Steve and Lisa Peacock

Susan Semmes

April 9, 2021

I will always remember Freda playing beautiful music during masses at Precious Blood. Freda was not only an integral part of the music program at the church, but also an integral part of Precious Blood. I have always appreciated Freda's playing at my Father's funeral mass in 2012 because she made it special. The tribute movie is beautiful; Freda had a full life and she will be missed.

Patrick Burke

April 9, 2021

I rememeber Freda well, both socially and professionally.
She was a good wife and mother.
Kathleen and I are sad at her passing and we wish comfort to her family.
We send our condolences.
Kahtleen and Declan Burke

Angela Chapman

April 8, 2021

Maureen, I extend my deepest condolences and prayers to you and your family. Cherish your Mother’s precious memories of a life well lived and keep them close to your hearts forever. May you find comfort in the days ahead. Mrs. Kratochvil is now safe in the arms of God and peacefully at rest. God Bless, Angela Jeffers Chapman

Shirley Goins

April 8, 2021

Jane, Vernon, and Kelly we are sooooo sorry for your loss'
Losing loved ones is really a heart breaking time. We want you too know that we are thinking about you and your family, it is always comforting when you know that your MOM was loved by so many, and she will be missed.
God has taken control of his child, and Freda will be in his arms forever now.
Your Mom & Dad are together again!

bob jones

April 7, 2021

Thoughts and prayers to the Kratochvil family and members during this sad time. Bob Jones and family

Virgil and Cindy Jones

April 7, 2021

There are so many ways to describe Freda....she was kind, funny, loving, committed to her family, loved her church, compassionate, generous, talented, giving and the list goes on and on. However, we were also blessed to have Freda and Joe as great neighbors and beloved friends. We loved her and Joe so much. Freda will be missed but her legacy will go on - just like Joe’s has. Love and prayers to you all.

Megan Smith

April 7, 2021

How I loved Mrs. K, dagnabit everyone did! Fitting that she passed on the day of the resurrection, He said all who believe in me shall never die. She will never die but always live in the hearts of the many many people who loved and admired her. May she rest in peace, may she be embraced by God and her loved ones in heaven.

Candy Hamilton

April 7, 2021

It was a honor taking care of Mrs freda I remember her from the auxiliary an chatting numerous times of things we had in common she was a very beautiful lady she will be miss our condolences.
The Hamiltons

Betty and Dave Craven

April 7, 2021

Freda was always so kind and welcoming to us. She did a great job playing the organ. She will be missed.