Jo Ann Friberg

November 10, 1935December 26, 2012

Jo Ann Rutta Friberg, 77, passed away Wednesday, Dec. 26, 2012. Funeral: 10:30 a.m. Monday at Shannon Rose Hill Funeral Chapel, with interment to follow in Shannon Rose Hill Memorial Park.

Visitation: 4 to 6 p.m. Sunday at Shannon Rose Hill Funeral Chapel. Memorials: May be made to Arlington Woman's Club, 1515 Abrams St., Arlington, Texas 76013, 817-277-7666, or to a charity of your choice. Jo Ann, the daughter of Charles D. Rutta and Mattie Hudson Rutta, was born in Columbus on Nov. 10, 1935. Jo Ann grew up in Columbus, where her father worked as an attorney, represented his district for two terms in the Texas legislature and served as county judge of Colorado County. She graduated from high school there in 1954 and attended the University of Texas in Austin from 1954 -1956. She met Emil Edwards Friberg of Wichita Falls on a blind date at UT. They were then pinned, later engaged and finally married on Jan. 26, 1957, in Columbus. After her marriage, she resided briefly in Austin, La Porte and Mineral Wells, moving to Wichita Falls in 1958, Fort Worth in 1964 and Arlington in 1972. Jo Ann was a loving wife, devoted mother and accomplished homemaker, always available for her family. She was an avid reader and maintained a lifelong interest in gardening and cooking. She was a member of Fielder Road Baptist Church in Arlington, Women of Rotary, the Ladies Auxiliary of the Texas Society of Professional Engineers, the Woman's Club of Fort Worth, the Arlington Woman's Club, the Woodford Lunch Bunch, the Daughters of the American Revolution and the United Daughters of the Confederacy. She was preceded in death by her parents; her sister, Mary Ann Duff; and her brother-in-law, Dan Duff. Survivors: She is survived by her husband, Emil E. Friberg of Arlington; sisters, Fran Gillen and her husband, Jim, of San Mateo, Calif., and Martha Hester and her husband, Jerry, of Waco; brother, Charles Rutta and his wife, Rosemary, of Lemitar, N.M.; children, Emil E. Friberg Jr. of Arlington, Va., Vicki Lee and her husband, Andrew, of Dallas and Joe Friberg and his wife, Tammie, of Arlington; grandchildren, Patrick Friberg, Adam Friberg and Mattie Friberg of Washington D.C., Jeremy Lee and Josiah Lee of Dallas, Joel Friberg, Michael Friberg and Jessica Friberg of Arlington; nieces, Elizabeth Duff of Richmond and Alexandra Gillen of San Mateo, Calif.; and nephew, Alan Haynie of Seattle, Wash.


  • Visitation Sunday, December 30, 2012
  • Funeral Service Monday, December 31, 2012

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Ron Markham

January 1, 2013

Joe and Family,
Sorrow may come but joy comes in the morning. Thanks for uplifiting and honoring the Lord at the homegoing of your dear mother and grandmother.
Underneath are His loving and everlasting arms.
May He give you peace and strength during this time of temporary absence Blessings,

December 31, 2012

I am sorry for your loss. What I remember most about Ms Jo Ann was her kindnes and classic beauty, her beautiful home in Meadowbrook, the lemon drops in the formal living room, candied fruit during the holidays and she was the first woman I personally knew who drove an SUV. My sister Fran Pastusek and I used to babysit for Emil, Vickie and Joe. Betty Pastusek Phipps

Angelia Venker

December 30, 2012

Thank you, Vicki, for such a sweet pictorial of your mother and family. Even though our acquaintance with Jo Ann was mainly through our prayers for her, we feel your loss and our heart goes out to you and your family.

Melinda Reid

December 30, 2012

I have fond memories of working with Jo Ann as co-leaders of Vicki and Tracy's girl scout troop. Jo Ann was always very capable and very gracious, a joy and a delight. My thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time.

December 30, 2012

We were sorry to hear about Jo Ann's passing. Her smile and soft words are well remembered from our ASHRAE gatherings. Travis & Gloria Blair (Alpha Mechanical Contractors, Inc.)

Shirley Lee Smith

December 30, 2012

Jo Ann and I had been ffriends. for many years through Duff PTA ,FBCA,AWC. Our children grew up in the fun years. My thought and prayers to all the family.