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Freda Stange

Former Elsmore resident Freda W. Stange died Wednesday, Oct. 17, 2012, at the age of 92 in Topeka.
Freda was born Sept. 25, 1920, in Lebanon, Mo., the daughter of Roy and Chloda (Davis) Jones. She grew up in Lebanon where she attended school and was pianist in the Methodist Church.
On June 8, 1941, Freda married Louis Stange and they made their home in Chanute, where she worked at Johnson Hospital as a student nurse until Louis returned from the service. They made their home and farmed together west of Elsmore the rest of their married lives. Freda also owned and operated The Fabric Shop in Humboldt, and worked for Humboldt Developmental Center and the Iola Pharmacy. Louis preceded her in death on March 21, 1999.
Freda was a member of St. Peter’s Lutheran Church and the Ladies Guild in Humboldt and the Town and Country Club in Elsmore. She enjoyed knitting, crocheting, handwork and crafts.
Survivors include two sons, Louis Stange Jr. and his wife, Linda, Uniontown, Ohio, and James Stange and his wife, Debra, Howard; daughter Barbara Kater and her husband, Charles, Topeka; son-in-law Dennis Hawkinson, Springfield, Mo.; 11 grandchildren, 20 great-grandchildren and three great-great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her parents, one daughter, Rebecca Hawkinson, and granddaughter Sally.
Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Saturday at Waugh-Yokum & Friskel Chapel in Iola.
Service will be at 1 p.m., Sunday at St. Peter’s Lutheran Church in Humboldt.
Burial will be at Mount Hope Cemetery in Humboldt.


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