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”.
My prayers and sympathy go out to all of the family at this time.
My sympathy to the family. When she said she was ready to go home now she
was alright how right she was. She is now at home with her heavenly Father.
Our deepest sympathy to all of you!!!
Our deepest sympathy to all the family. She was the best Godmother and Aunt and will be missed!
Roger and Marlene Blocker
Sorry to all the family for the loss of your mother and grandmother.
We are so sorry for your loss. God Bless your family
We sat around your table tonight, looking through the box of pictures you collected over a lifetime. You and I looked through that box a hundred times before, and I am so glad that I asked a hundred questions every time.
As a kid, I couldn’t wait to get down to your house for at least a week every summer. Cooking, visiting family, and collecting memories to guide me through this change. I knew this day would come, and I have no regrets and only joy that you and I were so close. Bound by love and grounded by the example of your faith to grow up to cherish not only the memories but the legacy of what you instilled and nurtured within me. Keep praying for me now and I’ll keep praying for you just like you taught me to…I will always love you Gramma, and I already miss you so very much!
Aunt Gert was my 2nd Mom. My sympathy to the Freidhof family.
Jon, you have captured the moment we all seek–to be bound to another by faith of love and love of faith. This is so beautiful and saving. God bless you.
My thoughts and prayers are with each of you as you learn to live life without your mother and grandmother. Aunt Gert really gave you all a wonderful example of how to live a faith filled life. Although we experience the loss of her presence, I’m sure that Uncle Gene is glad to have her join him in heaven, enjoying the eternal rest she so well deserves. My sympathy to the whole Freidhof family.
Our deepest sympathy to the Freidhof family. Lance and Jan Manson
So sorry for your loss Dave and family. Sending hugs your way!
So sorry for your loss! Such a sweet and strong lady!!
We are so sorry for the loss of your Mom. Loosing a mother is so very hard. Our thoughts and prayers are with your family.
Lee, Laurie Schissel and family
What a Great Family she raised. Sorry for your loss.
Aunt Gert was a great woman, mother, wife and contributor to all things in our lives that made us better Christians. My deepest sympathies to all the family. Mike Fitzgerald-Tulsa, OK.
Dave, Cindi and family-So sorry to read of the loss of your mom. Keeping you all in my thoughts and prayers.
Mike,Dave and the Freidhof Family. You have our sympathies for the passing of your Mother. Leo and Bev Dowd
Sorry for your loss. Aunt Gert was a special lady. You all are in my thoughts and prayers. God bless you.
Sorry for your lost. Are hearts go out to the whole families. From Dennis and Dan Leichtman