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Thelma Oretta Friebe, age 96, of Ozark, passed away February 25, 2022, at the North Park Village Assisted Living facility, in the company of family. She was born January 7, 1926 in Springfield, MO, the daughter of Orion and Lottie (Doran) Thompson.
Upon the return of her beloved high school sweetheart, Earl Friebe, from WWII on December 1, 1945, they were united in marriage on December 14, 1945. They celebrated 58 years of marriage before his death in 2004. Thelma was a devoted daughter, wife, mom, sister, sister-in-law, aunt, cousin and a dedicated friend to many.
Thelma was a long standing and devoted member of the Cassidy United Methodist Church and a dedicated member of the Cassidy UMW group. Alongside her fellow seamstresses of the Cassidy women's group, they created many quilts donated or used in the support of church missions. Because of her vast historical knowledge of family and event history, it was commonly heard at family gatherings-”Just ask Thelma-she will know the answer”.
Survivors include: A son, Edwin and wife Mary; brothers and sisters-in-law Fred Trachsel, Irene Jones, Johnie and Fran Friebe, and Lester Friebe; many nieces and nephews; cousins, extended family and a host of treasured friends.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Earl, parents, sister Louella (Clyde) Wilson, brother Norman (Loeta) Thompson, brother-in-law and sisters-in-law, Gene and Jennie Friebe, Beryl Trachsel, Jeannie Friebe, nephew Timothy Becker; and beloved traveling companion-niece Linda Eden.
The family sends heartfelt thanks to the staff and residents of North Park Village and Good Shepherd Hospice for their kind and loving care of Thelma. Thank you to the Casssidy Church family and Thelma's family and friends for their gifts of cards and time.
Visitation will be from 1:00 – 2:00 PM Thursday, March 3, at Cassidy United Methodist Church. Funeral services will be at 2:00 PM on Thursday at the church, with burial following in Greenlawn Memorial Gardens, Springfield. Arrangements are under the direction of Adams Funeral Home, Ozark.
Memorial contributions may be made to the charity of the donor choice or to Cassidy United Methodist Church, 5151 North Fremont Road, Nixa, MO 65714.
A candle was lit in memory of Thelma Friebe
Teresa Bishop (Colleen’s niece) Mar 6 2022 9:47 PM
Mrs Friebe was the sweetest lady and such a joy to be around. We will miss her so but know she is enjoying a huge celebration in heaven with so many loved ones there waiting for her.
Mimi Eckart Feb 28 2022 9:48 PM
She was a delight to be around.
Ben Crowley Feb 28 2022 3:01 PM
I started this message awhile ago but it got cut off so I'm not sure if my message got through. So I will start again.
To the Friebe family . The Lippert Family (Mary's family from KC) want you to know how much we cherish the life of Thelma Friebe. To us she was Mrs. Friebe, Mom of Ed Friebe. Mrs. Friebe had our respect and admiration from the start when she would join us for our family gatherings, either at Easter or the 4th of July, but mostly at the Lippert family Chili and hot dog gathering know as the "Wienne Roast". We knew Mrs. Friebe had Ed trained well as we had Ed making us s'mores on the open fire. More, Ed. More Ed, More Ed..The s'mores remind me of the many fine attributes of Mrs. Friebe. Sweet and she would make our hearts melt with her gentle and caring nature. Rest in Peace, Mrs. Friebe. There is s'more to come. Larry is planning a chile dinner for you in heaven.
Patty and the Butler Family Feb 27 2022 2:31 PM