February 24, 1929 ~ November 26, 2012
Cyrus Freidhof, age 83 of Alta Vista, Iowa passed away on Monday, November 26, 2012 at his home with his family by his side. Cyrus Peter Freidhof was born on February 24, 1929 on a farm in Howard County, rural Elma, IA, the son of Ed and Helena (Diederich) Freidhof. He was baptized, confirmed and received First Holy Communion, all at St. Bernard’s Catholic Church in Alta Vista, IA. Cyrus graduated from St. William’s High School in 1947. After graduation, he worked as a farm hand at various locations. In 1950, he farmed with his dad until he was drafted into the US Army in 1953. On November 26, 1952 Cyrus was united in marriage to Jeanne Loes at St. Bernard’s Catholic Church. He was inducted into the Army in May 1953 and received his honorable discharge in 1955. Upon his return home in 1955, the couple purchased a can milk route and hauled milk for three years. It was also in 1955 when Cy helped to organize the Alta Vista Volunteer Fire Department of which he was the first president. In 1958, Cy began his employment with Moorman Mfg. Co. as a salesman until he retired in 1989. The Freidhof’s resided on an 80 acre farm just east of Alta Vista until 2006 when they moved to town. Cy was the first lector at St. Bernard’s in 1967, which he did for 42 years. He loved to play softball, pitching a lot of games, even when he entered the Army. In later years, Cy and Jeanne enjoyed going on bus tours along with golf and fishing. Cy worked for Conway-Markham Funeral Home for 10 years, was a member of Catholic Order of Foresters, a lifelong member of the Knights of Columbus and a 4th degree knight, a member of American Legion, VFW, and St. Bernard’s Catholic Church in Alta Vista. Cy is survived by his wife of 60 years, Jeanne Freidhof of Alta Vista; his son, Myron of Elma, IA; his grandson Cyrus J. Freidhof; step-grandchildren, Johnny Parke and Betsy Moore as well as several step great-grandchildren; two brothers, Adrian (Helen) Freidhof of New Hampton and Robert (Lorraine) Freidhof of Cresco; his sister-in-law, Bernice Freidhof and numerous nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents; brothers Jerome and Fabian Freidhof; his sisters Gertrude Lentz and Edith Heit; and his daughter-in-law, Janice. Cemetery: Burial will be at Mt. Calvary Cemetery in Alta Vista. Memorials may be directed to the family. Visitation will be held from 4:00-8:00pm on Thursday, November 29, 2012 at Conway-Markham Funeral Home in Elma with a 4:30pm Rosary and a 7:30pm Scriptural Wake Service. Visitation will continue at the funeral home one hour prior the funeral mass on Friday. Mass of Christian Burial will be held for Cyrus 10:30am on Friday, November 30, 2012 at St. Bernard’s Catholic Church in Alta Vista with Father Steve Garner celebrating.