Mary A. Freking, 85, of Remsen, died Wednesday, Jan. 14, 2004, at Plymouth Manor Care Center in Le Mars of complications from diabetes.
Mary A. Freking was born Oct. 16, 1918, at rural Worthington, Iowa, the daughter of William and Theresa (Derga) Schaffer. She was raised in the Worthington area and received her education at St. Paul's High School in Worthington from which she graduated in 1935. She then did domestic work in the Worthington area. On Jan. 18, 1940, she married Joseph H. Freking at Worthington. They made their home near Kingsley, where they were engaged in farming. In 1945, they moved to a farm near Remsen. In 1969, they retired and moved into Remsen. Joseph died Sept. 15, 1994.
Mary was a member of St. Mary's Catholic Church and church guild in Remsen, Catholic Daughters of America, Missionary Association of Catholic Women and a past member of the Happy Siesta Health Care Center Auxiliary.
Survivors are two daughters, Mrs. Edward (Marlene) Bennett of Remsen, and Joyce and her husband Gordon Vavricek of Scribner, Neb.; three sons and their wives, Loren and Janice of Council Bluffs, Norman and Janene of Ashton, Dennis and Sarah of Whittemore; 16 grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; one sister, Clara Kintzle of Manchester; one brother, William Schaffer of Colesburg; two sisters-in-law, Myrtle Schaffer of Edgewood, and Anita Schaffer of Manchester; two brothers-in-law, Gregg Freking and Leo and his wife, Therese Freking, all of Le Mars.
She was preceded in death by her parents; one son, Clyde when a child; one son-in-law, Edward Bennett; four sisters, Aurelia Roling, Margaret Roling, Sister Mary Leonard Schaffer, O.S.F., and Mildred Gosen; and two brothers, Lawrence and Leo Schaffer.
Funeral services will be at 10:30 a.m. Saturday at St. Mary's Catholic Church in Remsen with the Rev. Timothy Johnson officiating. Burial will be in St. Mary's Cemetery at Remsen. Friends may call anytime after 2 p.m. Friday at the Fisch Funeral Home in Remsen. There will be a rosary by St. Mary's Guild and the Catholic Daughters of America at 3 p.m., and a vigil prayer service at 7:30 p.m., all at the funeral home.
Casketbearers will be Dale Bennett, Joe, Judy, Gavin and Dylan Freking, James, Larry and Luke Vavricek.