Harriette Anne FREDENBURG

June 30, 1925March 8, 2018

Harriette Anne (Leonard) Fredenburg passed peacefully in her home, cared for by her daughters, on March 8, 2018. After a vibrant and full 92 years on earth, she has gone to join her husband, and best friend, Herbert (Herb) Ackley Fredenburg. Beloved mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, teacher and friend, Harriette lived a life devoted to family, education, church, community and travel. She is survived by brother Donald Leonard, daughters Adele Grant and Anne Kinne, son Alan having preceded her in 1999, grandchildren Courtney Grant (Adam Beggs), James Grant (Melissa), Riley Grant (Josh Fleischmann), Katelyn and Victoria Kinne, and 7 great-grandchildren. Harriette’s bright smile and memorable stories live on in the hearts of countless students, relatives far and wide, and innumerable friends met around every corner.

Harriette was born in 1925 just outside Detroit, Michigan, to Minnie Mae (Wright) and Clarence John Leonard. She joined brothers Marvin and Donald. Harriette’s fondest memories of childhood were joy-filled summers spent with her brothers and cousins on yearly trips to the

Wright family farm in Franklinville, New York. In 1943, Harriette began Albion College, where she majored in mathematics and met Herb. They were married in December 1946. In 1951, the young couple moved to Seattle and raised three children in the home they built near the Boulevard Park neighborhood. Harriette served as an honored and beloved math teacher at Evergreen High School for many years, where she was renowned for her connection with students, ability to make math fun, and backyard pool parties.

Throughout her life, Harriette found much joy in needlework projects of all sorts. She was an active member of Seattle First United Methodist Church and later Des Moines United Methodist Church. Always a true mathematician, Harriette loved puzzles, and puzzling with numbers. Perhaps her greatest joy in life was taking road trips with Herb and their family. For the better part of 92 years, Harriette set out on long distance adventures to attend the annual Wright family reunion, seeing the sights of our country and visiting all 50 state capitals along the way. These journeys produced a bountiful supply of photographs from every corner of the United States. Harriette often used these photos to create the yearly birthday cards that she never failed to send to an extensive list of friends and family across the country.

After Herb’s passing in 1995, Harriette began a new chapter of her life as a devoted and loyal member of WICS (Widowed Information and Consultation Services) and later of Wesley Homes senior community in Des Moines, Washington. Whether working in the mini-mart, attending Quilters, or serving as treasurer, Harriette was a cherished friend and trusted neighbor among these tight-knit communities.

A service of remembrance and celebration of life will be held at Des Moines Methodist Church on Saturday, April 7 at 2 o’clock pm. Please contact 206.354.9195 or 253.330.0912 for further details. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Harriette Fredenburg Memorial Scholarship fund at the service or by visiting


  • Service of Remembrance and Celebration of Life Saturday, April 7, 2018

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Marcia Lovelace

April 23, 2018

Thank you, Anne, for your note letting me know. I wondered after not receiving a Christmas card like I had every year for a half century. Your mom was a wonderful neighbor (who let me roller skate in your basement) and a math tutor extraordinaire! I think she got Steve and I both through math. I often have wished I could call on her when attempting to help my grandchildren with math homework.

I hope you find comfort in memories and the love of friends and family. Be very gentle with yourselves.

Marcia Lovelace

Shaun King

April 8, 2018

Dear Anne, family and friends, I just read of this moments ago and am so sorry for the loss of this great lady. Math was always the class to hang out in (not said ever, in any other High School) Leadership camps, Waskowitz, pool party's... the list and memories go on and on. We were blessed by Harrietts smile and genuine affection...we were all her kids.


March 26, 2018

Harriette was a very special lady and one of the kindest people I have ever known. She will be missed by all who knew her.