- March 16, 1921 - August 28, 2012
- Caro, Michigan
of Freida's Passing
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“Penny and family,
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“Dear Penny and Family: I am sorry to hear that the sun has set on a wonderful life of a beautiful Mother. I hold your family in the healing Light of...Read More »
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“Dear Penny & Family, Just a small quote from a headstone in Ireland “Death leaves a heartache no one can heal, love leaves a memory no one can...Read More »
3 of 11 | Posted by: Pete Torres - Lansing, MI
“She is beautiful, so glad you had some time with her, Penny. You both have that twinkie energy. Life is good when you can share lemon aid and...Read More »
4 of 11 | Posted by: Linda Rodriguez - Friend
“I worked with Freida from the first day I arrived in Caro in 1970 until she retired in 1984. She was a dedicated teacher of the children for whom...Read More »
5 of 11 | Posted by: Allen Jones - Caro, MI - Friend
“I remember with pleasure the day I met Freida and Daryl at Penny"s lake
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6 of 11 | Posted by: Kay Ferry - Shipshewana, KY
“Freida was a lovely, happy lady that was full of grace and energy. If the world were full of folks like her, imagine how lovely that would be! God...Read More »
7 of 11 | Posted by: Deborah Robinson - Deckerville, MI
“What an amazing woman. I am so grateful to have known her.
8 of 11 | Posted by: Joan Marker
“Aunt Freida ,
The smile on your face in the picture is one i will always remember from you in the wedding party of my Mother and Father wedding...Read More »
9 of 11 | Posted by: DALE WACHNER - HOLIDAY ISLAND, AR
“Penny, Linea & Darl and families,
Our lives have been so blessed by Aunt Freida. Even though we lived so far apart, every time we got together we...Read More »
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11 of 11 | Posted by: Gracie Rogers - Aurora, CO
Freida Spaeth, age 91, passed away Tuesday, August 28, 2012. She was born on March 16, 1921. She was the daughter of Norman and Mabel (Gilbert) Snider. She was married to Louis John Spaeth in 1938 at her parent's home in Elkton. Over the years her heritage, she was told, included her grandmother being the first immigrant baby born in Huron County. Freida and Louis lived on their farm in Elkton, until they eventually moved to their new home in Caro, which Louis built.
Freida lived a very active life as wife, mother, grandmother and gramma-great. Hobbies included water color and acrylic painting, decorating, crocheting, cross stitch, creating beautiful greeting cards, along with matting and framing her art work. She cherished Mother Earth and was always proud of 'Little'Acres', lawns and her many beautiful flower/vegetable gardens. She was a life member of Eastern Stars, member of the Caro United Methodist Church and recent member of Grandmothers of the Earth.
Freida, and husband, Louis, were instrumental in 1958 in the formation of the Huron County Association for Retarded Children (HCARC) and opening the first school in Michigan for Retarded Children north of Detroit, in Kilmanagh, with nineteen students enrolled. Later, in 1960 a school in Bad Axe and in 1962 they formed a Tuscola parent group, (TCARC) and opened a third school in the Carpenter School building on VanGeisen Road. This truly was her life dream to help children with what is now known as children with special needs and developmental disabilities. In 1984 she retired from teaching at the Tuscola Intermediate School District, Highland Pines School.
Freida is survived by three children, Penny & Duane Baker of Paw Paw, Linea & Lee Walkowski of Midland, and Darl Spaeth of Caro; seven grandchildren, Tim Walkowski of Kemah, Texas, Ted & Laurie Walkowski of Montpelier, Ohio, Cindy (Tony, deceased) York of Midland, Andy & Marianne Baker of Gobles, Amy Baker of Allegan, Ann Marie & Brian Brusach of Paw Paw. Gramma-Great's surviving sixteen grandchildren are Caleb, Evin, Wyatt, Dru, Chaz, Ciera, Emily, Christopher, Brendan, Adrian, Stefan, Holly, Heather, Carter, Katelyn and Matthew. Also surviving are many nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by husband, Louis John Spaeth; granddaughter, Abby Susan Baker; great-grandson, Nicholas Robert Brusach; four brothers, Stanley Snider of Detroit, Lester Snider of Detroit, Elmer Snider of Wakefield and Chester Snider, infant, Elkton; and sister, Norma Dibb of Niland, California.
Funeral services will be held at 1:30 p.m. on Saturday, September 1, 2012 at the Caro United Methodist Church with Rev. Gregg Mayberry officiating. Burial will follow at the Indianfields Township Cemetery in Caro. The family will receive friends at the Caro United Methodist Church on Saturday from 12:30 p.m. until the time of the service at 1:30 p.m.. Memorial contributions may be made to Autism Research, Brain Tumor Research, or the charity of the donor's choice.