Marjorie Freas, 98 - September 28, 2012Marjorie Avis Freas, 98, of Gothenburg, originally of Alma, died Friday, Sept. 28, 2012, at Hilltop Estates in Gothenburg
Services will be on Thursday, Oct. 4, at the United Methodist Church in Alma at 2 p.m. with the Rev. James Bendorf officiating. Internment will be conducted at the Alma Cemetery.
A visitation will take place on Wednesday at the Banta-Torrey Funeral Home in Alma from 12 noon to 7 p.m., and before services on Thursday at the church.
Freas was born Aug. 12, 1914, at Dannebrog, to William “Willie” Frederick Lauritsen and Agnes Marie (Petersen) Lauritsen, their only child, at Dannebrog.
She graduated from Dannebrog High School and enjoyed participating in athletic events, said family. She then graduated from the University of Nebraska where she received a teaching degree with high distinction.
Freas joined the faculty of the Beaver City School system as a teacher, where she met Carleton E. “Mug” Freas, her future husband, who had enlisted with the U.S. Army in 1941.
While her future husband was enlisted, she journeyed to Baltimore, MD, and worked at the John Hopkins Hospital. In 1944, she went to Salt Lake City, UT, where she obtained her masters degree in medical technology and became a medical lab technician at Brigham Young Hospital.
On Feb. 17, 1946, she was united in marriage to Carleton Freas at the Nysted Lutheran Church, following his honorable discharge from the Army in 1945. The couple first resided at Beaver City, where she taught school and her husband worked with his father, Carleton Earl Freas, Sr., at his general merchandise store. When the store was demolished by fire, they moved to Alma in 1947, where her husband then opened a retail clothing store with Warren Metzger, which later became Freas Clothing.
?In 1953, Freas and her husband adopted a son, William “Bill” Earl Freas, at birth from the Bishop Clarkson Hospital in Omaha. Their son was a source of great pride, said family members, and she and her husband enjoyed following his athletic activities, education and his career.
?Her husband continued working at his store until his retirement in 1976, and she worked as a lab tech at Harlan County Hospital as well as substitute teaching.
On Jan. 5, 1986, her husband passed away. She continued to enjoy her life in Alma, playing bridge and golf with her many friends, family said. In 2003, her health began to fail, compelling her to move to an assisted living facility in Holdrege, and in 2006, moved to a Cozad facility. Then in 2007, her family moved her to Stone Hearth in Gothenburg, and then to Hilltop Estates.
Freas was a member of the PEO Sisterhood, receiving a 75-year pin, and a life-time member of the United Methodist Church of Alma.
She was very proud of her family and enjoyed the company of her poodles, Cocoa and Cokie, said family.
Freas was preceded in death by: her father, William, on July 9, 1960; her mother, Agnes, on March 20, 1979; her husband, Carleton “Mug” Freas, in 1986.
Survivors include; her son, Bill (Nancy) Freas of Longmont, CO; twin grandsons—Peter and Andrew; her nephew, Claude (Jane) Berreckman of Cozad; niece, Rosalie (Dick) Smith of Genoa; numerous great-nephews and nieces and other relatives.
A memorial has been established to be designated at a later date.
Banta-Torrey Funeral Home, Alma, NE 68920-0290, are in charge of arrangements