OBITUARY

Martha Herrick Freygang

December 27, 1929February 27, 2013
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Martha Freygang, 83, of Fort Wayne, passed away Wednesday, February 27, 2013 at Hospice Home. She was born December 27, 1929 in Chicago, Illinois, daughter of the late Wayne and Laura (Howard) Herrick. Martha graduated from Defiance College and worked as a Registered Nurse for many years at various places. She was a member of St. Therese Catholic Church and the Lay Franciscan Order. She was active in her life with her husband in square dancing. She was an avid bridge player and always enjoyed music--singing and dancing. She had a love for horseback riding, swimming, and maintaining a healthy body--even before it became the fad of the time--thinking ahead of her time. She also demonstrated wonderful gifts of a true faith in God, compassion for others, motivation to always seek your goals, a fun-loving spirit, a wonderful talent of listening to others, and being there for others. Her life demonstrated all of these and more. We thank her for her giving 110 percent and we thank God for loaning her to us. As one of her children said, "Mom showed me how to endure through difficult times, no matter how heart-wrenching they can be. She showed me her compassion as she put her soothing palm on my fevered forehead in the middle of the night--no matter how exhausted she was. She taught me forgiveness as she forgave me for my disappointments--while encouraging me to "pull myself up by my bootstraps." Thanks, Lord, for richly blessing us with your daughter Mary Martha. She brought me into this world and I thank HIM for blessing me with her." Surviving are her husband of 60 years, Richard Freygang; children, Ayn Freygang, Pat (Larry) Samuels, Kay’d (David) Odland, Mary (Ron, deceased) James, Mike (Kim, deceased) Freygang, James (Diane) Freygang, Bill (Lisa) Freygang, Ed Freygang, Laurie (Alan) Whisler, and Amy (Andrew) Freygang-Bogle; sister Julia (Bolyn) Wolf; 31 grandchildren,Eli and Hannah Adams; Raina, Scott, and Riley Samuels; Lisa, Sophia, and Alexi Odland; Nate (Krissy) and Luke James; Kelley (Mark), Katie (Jason), Ben, Sarah, and David Freygang; Joe, Jenny (Logan), and Jessica Freygang; Tong-Tong, Paul, and Peter Freygang; Hollie, Josh, Austin, and Adam Whisler; Rachel Freygang, Elly, Michael, Mark-Henry, Daniel, and Edward Bogle; and five great grandchildren, Virginia, Bella, Scarlet, Kimmy, and Koen Woollacott. Also preceding her in death were 2 brothers. Mass of Christian Burial will be Saturday, March 2, 2013 at 11:00 AM at St. Therese Catholic Church, 2304 Lower Huntington Road, Fort Wayne, IN 46819 with visitation one hour prior. Visitation will also be Friday, March 1, 2013 from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 PM at Klaehn, Fahl, & Melton Funeral Home, 420 West Wayne Street, Fort Wayne, IN 46802 with a rosary service at 7:30 PM. Burial will be at Prairie Grove Cemetery. Memorials may be made to masses or Visiting Nurse. Arrangements are by Elzey-Patterson-Rodak Home For Funerals.

Services

PREVIOUS SERVICES:

  • Visitation Friday, March 1, 2013
  • Visitation Friday, March 1, 2013
  • Rosary Service Friday, March 1, 2013
  • Visitation Saturday, March 2, 2013
  • Mass of Christian Burial Saturday, March 2, 2013

PREVIOUS SERVICES:

  • Burial
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Martha Herrick Freygang

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Mary James

March 31, 2013

My husband went through cancer--lots of tests, chemo, radiation, hospitalizations, blood transfusions, hospice, and then . . . his death. Through all those major challenges, Mom was always there to listen. She always appreciated hearing from me on Thursday mornings--the days Ron would have his doctor appointments and chemo treatments. By listening, she helped ease the pain of watching your best friend/partner/spouse suffer and slowly decline. She was an absolutely wonderful listener--which is a true gift to give others.
Mom was my room mother in 6th grade--despite having 10 children. Mom made sure to put us in Brownies and Girl Scouts (cub scouts/boy scouts)and arranged transportation--no easy feat with so many of us. Mom got up at 5 a.m. and drove my sister and I to speech meets on many Saturday mornings. Mom even judged speech meets.
Mom liked to brighten the routine up by making valentine's day cookies; Lincoln log for President's Day; making EACH of our favorite cookies for Christmas--over 12 different kinds (she could out cook all of us kids when baking those Christmas cookies); and of course green milk & green mashed potatoes on St. Patrick's Day.
When I was in high school, Mom went to work and provided us the opportunity to be responsible in fixing the meals and helping the younger kids. Mom then went to work full time, went back to college to get her BSN and showed me how to balance family life, work, school, and homework. This is an example I try to emulate even today as I am back in school, working, and being a parent.
Mom demonstrated determination in setting and meeting goals, compassion as she empathized with others, plus volunteerism as she helped in the schools and church.
And the gift of faith--of relying on God during good times and bad times--is something my Mom (and Dad) gave to me. It is a priceless gift and the best thing of all that she gave us.
Thanks you, God, for giving us Mom!
---Mary

Ed--

March 31, 2013

Mom was our biggest supporter and always said that we could do anything that we set our mind to. She would attend our athletic events and cheer the loudest. I can still hear her yelling "get 'em, get 'em, get 'em." She carried that same attitude in any event or task that we attempted. When I called her on Memorial Day several years ago, I told her that I had run the Bolder Boulder 10k race. She asked me if I won and I laughed and told her no, there were 40,000 runners. She said "well, that's how much I think of you."
We love you Mom and miss you very much. Thank you for everything you did for us.

March 30, 2013

Mom, that last message was from your daughter Laurie!

March 30, 2013

I miss my mother dearly already and it has only been one month since she has passed! Mom taught us great faith, prayer, the golden rule, a love of family and family dinners and family games! She taught me how to compliment others and make them feel good! She taught me the importance of celebrating people's birthdays and making them feel loved and special and important! She passed down her love of learning and taking classes and growing as a person! She taught me the importance of good health and exercising each day! She taught me to choose a positive attitude! Conquer the situation, don't let the situation conquer you! My mother had a way of taking care of us when we were sick and being so nurturing! She had a passion for life and it showed! She had a great laugh and she loved our stories! I love you Mom and I promise to carry on the torch you lit! I will make you proud the way I was proud of you!!

Bill Freygang

March 30, 2013

What a blessing to have Mom as our role model. She knew what sacrifice was all about. Her faith was so important to her and modeled that faith for us to emulate. While we will miss her terribly, we rejoice in her happiness in heaven. I wonder if she is riding horses, swimming, or flying like a bird. Thank you Mom for all the love. See you soon.
Love, Bill and Family

March 30, 2013

My nanna was my friend and she played cards with me every Sunday! I have been making cards for her and I love her~!
Hollie Whisler

March 30, 2013

When I think of the many wonderful things my mom taught me it brings a smile to my face! She was full of enthusiasm and a zest for life! She made others feel good about themselves by asking them questions and complimenting others all the time. She always celebrated each birthday and made each of us feel special and important, and a gift from God! She celebrated each Holiday with enthusiasm! For instance, at Christmas she baked each of her 10 kids' their favorite cookies in one night - I'm not sure but that's how it felt. I'd go to bed exhausted and she would still be up baking! I also got from my mom the zest for learning! She was always taking classes and expanding her knowledge of things! I loved that about you Mom! She also taught me to put my best foot forward and dress nicely and have hair and make up done! Anytime someone was sick, she took the best care of them and nurtured each of us lovingly and even bought special treats like lifesavers! That was such a boost! She taught me to be grateful for each blessing and to look for the good! She taught me to choose a positive attitude! She taught me to lean on God and pray through things and then give thanks to God! I inherited her love of family and the importance of family and teamwork! She passed down her love of exercise to me also! Mom, I can't tell you how much I miss you but I know you are with Jesus in Heaven! I promise to carry the torch proudly that you have passed on to me! Thank you for being the best mom to me in the whole world!! I picture you singing, dancing, swimming and riding horses!!

Pat Samuels

March 30, 2013

A smile comes to my face when I remember all the fun we had together: laughing till we cried at the card store, laughing at the mime at Sea World, sharing nurse stories,and the joke Mom played on Dad when he fell asleep at a play.Those are some that still make me laugh.
I think connecting with people was her hobby. Just give her five minutes and she would have a person's life story.Somehow she could keep track of all 10 kids' friends and their stories What a great listener.
When I was about 13, I wanted to nominate her for Mother of the Year. She was a Scout leader, organized a youth group at church, volunteered at school, took dance lessons with Dad and still had little ones at home.She even agreed to host an exchange student from Germany for the weekend. She deserved that award.
When I found out I had cancer, she was there. It's ridiculous for a grown woman to dissolve into tears at the sight of her mother but,just like being a little kid sick in the night and suddenly finding Mom there, I knew everything would be all right.
Mom and Dad showed us how to be good Catholics by living it:Mass every Sunday and Holy day. Confession every month. Can't sleep? Say a rosary.Still can't sleep? Must be time for confession.
Mom taught me how to be a good mother, how to include God in daily life,how to clean, how to shop,how to overcome shyness,the importance of further education,the importance of being reliable ,the importance of volunteerism AND... how to be a best friend.
I thank God for the gift of Mom. And I thank Dad for following God's plan.

Ayn Freygang

March 30, 2013

To a woman ahead of her time...she broke gender rules by teaching her daughters to be self-sufficient and her sons the household tasks to include ironing and sewing on a button. Also, she taught healthy eating (nothing fried)and of course a daily dose of physical exercise. No slothing in her house. Love, Ayn

Mike

March 30, 2013

We've been so blessed to have Mom for our mother. Her guidance over the years has helped us be faith-filled sons and daughters as we continue to thank HIM for such a blessing.