Gertrude Emma Freidhof
January 22, 1928 ~ March 3, 2017
Gertrude E. Freidhof, age 89, of Elma, IA, passed away on Friday, March 3, 2017 at Ministry St. Joseph Hospital in Marshfield, WI. Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:30 AM on Tuesday, March 7, 2017 at Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church in Lourdes, IA with Father Mark Murphy celebrating. Burial will be in Our Lady of Lourdes Cemetery at Lourdes with Robert Praska, Brian Praska, Scott Freidhof, Matthew Freidhof, J.R. Freidhof, Benjamin Freidhof and Jonathan Freidhof serving as casketbearers. Visitation will be held from 4:00-7:00 PM on Monday, March 6, 2017 at Conway-Markham Funeral Home in Elma, IA with a rosary at 4:30 PM and a scriptural wake service at 7:00 PM. Online condolences for Gertrude’s family may be left at www.conway-markhamfh.com. Memorials may be directed to the family. Gertrude Emma Freidhof was born on January 22, 1928 to Henry and Elizabeth (Holthaus) Heying on the family farm near Alta Vista. She attended and graduated from St. Bernard’s Catholic School in Alta Vista in 1946. Gertrude helped on the farm and did babysitting for neighbors. Gertrude was united in marriage to Eugene Freidhof on June 7, 1949 at St. Bernard’s Catholic Church in Alta Vista. They continued to farm near Elma where they raised their four children and lived their entire lives. She enjoyed quilting, crafting, gardening, crocheting and her family. She was very involved with mission work. Gertrude was a member of Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church, Rosary Society and Catholic Order of Foresters. Gertude is survived by her children Richard (Joanne) Freidhof of Cresco, IA, Michael (Dona) Freidhof of New Hampton, IA, Betty Wagner of Spillville, IA and David (Cindi) Freidhof of Owen, WI; 11 grandchildren; 12 great grandchildren; sister-in-law Arlene Heying of New Hampton; and numerous nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents, Henry and Elizabeth Heying; her husband Eugene in 2003; sisters Agnes, Eleanor “Sis”, Alice, and Genieva; brothers Norbert, Louis, Linus, Andrew “Dick” and Francis “Mike”.