Freida E. Place Herreshoff
August 15, 1923 – March 1, 2018
Freida E. (Mattern) Place Herreshoff, age 94, of Swansea, passed away Thursday, March 1, 2018 at her residence. She was the wife of the late John W. Place Jr. and the late Norman F. Herreshoff.
Born in Preston, Connecticut, she was the daughter of the late George and Edna (Main) Mattern.
A graduate of Norwich Free Academy, class of 1941, Mrs. Herreshoff always referred to herself as a “Home Executive” when asked what her occupation was. She worked as a secretary for the Rhode Island Historical Society at the John Brown House. She was a member of the First Christian Congregational Church in Swansea, the Cole’s River Club and the Swansea Garden Club. With a true appreciation of nature, Mrs. Herreshoff loved birds, flowers and the sunshine.
She is survived by four daughters, Erna E. Place of Punta Gorda, FL, Jane Weaver of Rockville, MD, Jill Ambrose of Swansea, Freida “Bibs” Cormier of Windham, ME; one son, Robert E. Place of Swansea; one wonderful daughter-in-law, Claire; four wonderful son-in-law’s, Jim, Don, Pete and Tom; one brother, James Mattern; three sisters, Marjorie Dayton, Mildred Harris and Shirley Pandora all of CT. She was also the loving grandmother of 13 grandchildren and great-grandmother of 17. She was the mother of the late John W. Place III and sister of the late Emma Norcross, Helen Washburn, George, Edward and Theodore Mattern.
The family would like to thank Patty and Cheryl and all of the staff from One Solution Home Care along with Community Nurse Home Care for the compassionate care and kindness they provided to Freida.
A Celebration of her life will be held on Saturday, March 24, 2018 at 10:00AM in the First Christian Congregational Church, 1113 G.A.R. Highway, Swansea. Relatives and friends invited. Contributions in her honor may be made to the Rogers Free Library, 525 Hope St., Bristol, RI 02809. Burial private.
- The late John W. Place Jr., Husband
- The late Norman F. Herreshoff, Husband
- The late George and Edna (Main) Mattern, Parents
- Erna E. Place, Daughter
- Jane Weaver, Daughter
- Jill Ambrose, Daughter
- Freida "Bibs' Cormier, Daughter
- Robert Place, Son
- Claire Place, Daughter-in-law
- James, Donald, Peter and Thomas, Sons-in-law
- James Mattern, Brother
- Marjorie Dayton, Sister
- Mildred Harris, Sister
- Shirley Pandora, Sister
- She was also the loving grandmother and great-grandmother to several grandchildren and great-grandchildren. She was the mother of the late John W. Place III and sister of the late Helen, George, Edward and Theodore Mattern.
Rogers Free Library
525 Hope Street 02809, Bristol, RI
A Celebration of her life
First Christian Congregational Church
1113 G.A.R. Highway
Freida E. Place Herreshoff
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Kathryn & David Swanson
March 7, 2018
We were sorry to read of Freida's death in today's Providence Journal. When we moved twenty one years ago to 150 Ferry Road here in Bristol Freida was one of the first neighbors to greet us. She was always kind and generous, a lovely woman, who we always admired. Our sincerest condolences to her family at this very sad time.
March 6, 2018
Gram..I will miss your always smiling face. Your wonderful stories. Seeing you in the horribles parade. Sipping tea and eating lemon squares. Thank you for all the love you gave to me and my children. 379 front porch won't be the same without you.
All my love Dianne. How about those Red Sox's