OBITUARY

Myrtle Ellen Freschett

June 6, 1942December 30, 2020
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Myrtle Ellen Freschett arrived unto the arms of the Lord on December 30, 2020. Myrtle was diagnosed with brain cancer on August 17, 2020. She spent the remaining days of her life sharing her love and light with family and friends. Always strong and forever courageous, “Nana” taught us to love equally, to fear nothing, and to cherish time with family. Myrtle was born in Langdon, North Dakota, on June 6, 1942, to Abner and Myrtle Darling. She was the youngest of five children. As a high school student, she met Henry Freschett, two years her senior, from Cavalier, North Dakota. They married on September 7, 1960. The newlyweds moved to Grand Forks, North Dakota, where Hank attended the University of North Dakota. Hank and Myrtle often described the long, cold, windy, snowy winters of northern North Dakota as “too damn cold.” Upon Hank’s graduation from UND, they looked for warmer weather. Myrtle’s sister, Nora Mae, had moved to Kansas City and started her family, so Hank and Myrtle followed suit. The Mission, Kansas area, St.Pius X and Bishop Miege communities became home to Hank and Myrtle for over 58 years.

Myrtle was committed to her family, her friends and her faith. She spent many years working in the home helping to raise their three beautiful daughters. She was an amazing friend, a persistent walker, and one heck of a golfer. Nana found true joy helping others; she was an avid volunteer with her church and across the Kansas City community. Nana’s favorite time was family time. Whether it was holidays, birthdays, K-State game days, or vacation days, Nana was always ready for family time, unless, of course, she was golfing. Myrtle and Hank enjoyed their retirement years by golfing and traveling with friends and family. We are left with our hearts and our minds full of joy and laughter. Memories fill our grief.

Myrtle is survived by her loving husband of 60 years, Henry Freschett, her daughters Pattie Freschett (Susie Griffin) Atlanta, GA, Mary Gilman (Frank), Leawood, KS and Susan Ludwikoski (John), Leawood, KS. And her grandchildren Sam Gilman, Claire Gilman, Henry Ludwikoski, Jack Gilman and Luke Ludwikoski. Myrtle is also survived by her sister Evelyn Gendreau (Stanley) of Langdon, ND, and Hank’s sister and brother, Bobbie Jensen of Grand Forks ND, Jan Freschett of Minneapolis, MN, along with many loving nieces and nephews.

Myrtle was preceded in death by her parents Abner and Myrtle Darling, sisters Nora Mae, Margaret and brother Kenneth.

The family would like to thank everyone for their prayers, kind words of support of Myrtle during her illness. We will grieve, but we will also celebrate her life’s journey.

Funeral Mass will be held at 10:00am on Wednesday, January 6, 2021 at St. Pius X Catholic Church, 5500 Woodson Rd, Mission, KS 66202. Seating is limited due to COVID-19. The service will be available via live stream at https://www.facebook.com/116568315070671.

A private family burial will immediately follow. In lieu of flowers, Myrtle would like contributions to the Supporting Kids Foundation @ supportingkids.org.

Services

  • Mass of Christian Burial

    Wednesday, January 6, 2021

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Theresa Young

January 20, 2021

Myrtle's celebration of life mass was a beautiful service. The music was so moving, especially the Edelweiss song and the solo pianist songs. The eulogy was heartfelt, honoring this wonderful mom, wife, sister, aunt, nana, church leader and giver. It was sprinkled with humor, delighting Myrtle, I know. Very well done and I'm so thankful I was able to attend. As a life long member of St. Pius X and neighbor too, I saw Hank and Myrtle many a Sunday and also when they took a stroll in our nearby park. Many years ago we met through the women's group and did a bible study together too. I will miss her and know that she is in heaven smiling down on all who knew her. She touched my life and was an excellent role model to me. A lifelong marriage and a wonderful family full of love. Her Legacy lives on. With deep sympathy, Theresa Young

Connie Easley

January 6, 2021

To Uncle Hank, Pattie, Mary Sue, and Susie and all your families,
Remembering you all today and remembering Aunt Myrtle Ellen today. She was a beautiful lady inside and out. She always had a smile on her face even when she wasn’t really smiling. I remember that specifically about her. We always loved seeing her and Hank and the family anytime we were able to get together. You all are such a beautiful family. May the memories of her and her life make you smile, laugh and even cry because you’ll miss her presence. May God bring you peace and comfort in the days and weeks ahead. We send our love to you today and always.
We watched the service online today and it was so beautiful! ❤️
Love,
Connie and Van Easley

Cal Gendreau

January 6, 2021

Pattie, Mary and Susan, condolences to you and your families. Remembering aunt Myrtle's friendly smile and caring personality.
May her soul rest in peace.

Dennis Gendreau

January 4, 2021

Patty, Mary, Susan and families,
It is with much love and fondness that we share in your loss of Aunt Mrytle Ellen She was a warm and compassionate person, always smiling, always filled with an abundance of love for all her family, she was the perfect host. She and Hank were a couple that I will always hold in high regard. Many memories of the Darling Reunion hosted by Myrtle and Nora Mae have always made my heart swell with joy and laughter....great times. We will be with you all in spirit on Wednesday. A lot of Love from your North Dakota Cousins! Dennis and Jeannie Gendreau and family.

Richard Vogt

January 4, 2021

Freschett family:My sympathies to all of you on the loss of Myrtle. Your family pictures are priceless. Carol and I have been friends of Myrtle and Hank for many years. We had many good times together whether it be circle parties, parish dances, trips to Branson, golf outings, or just backyard chats. Myrtle was a good friend and will be missed. She and Carol are now in heaven looking down on us and having a toast to all of us. You are in my prayers. God bless.

Lou Anne Wagner

January 3, 2021

Dear Freschett Family,
I am so sorry for your loss. Myrtle was such a beautiful person. She was one of our first Homebound Communion Ministers and then led the SMMC Communion Team for many years. Her leadership of the St. Pius Women’s Club was proof of pure dedication. She was so kind and compassionate. We will miss her here but through faith, we know that she is in Heaven now and completely healed of her illness.

(The picture I included was of the St. Cecilia’s Circle Christmas luncheon)
Peace and love,
Lou Anne Wagner

Mary Jo Hegstrom

January 3, 2021

Fond memories of always being left with Myrtle's beautiful smile and kind words. Much sympathy to your family.

Elaine & Jim Wheeler

January 3, 2021

Shared many memories with Myrtle and Hank at St. Cecelia’s Circle. She was always a ray of sunshine. You are in our prayers.

Shirley & Karen O'Connor

January 3, 2021

Please accept our sincere condolences on the passing of Myrtle. May she rest in eternal peace.

Anita Striegel

January 2, 2021

To Myrtle's family I send my condolences at your loss of Myrtle. She was such a lovely lady, and someone I considered a friend. Myrtle was always cheerful and had a smile on her face. She will be truly missed, and I will always remember her greetings at church when we would meet after Mass. Myrtle is in heaven smiling and greeting everyone and asking , "Where is the nearest gold course?" I include all of you in my prayers. God bless you and keep you safe.

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