LAVON I. FREITAG

L. Freitag webLavon Freitag, of Sauk Rapids, passed away on Wednesday, December 23, 2009 at the St. Cloud Hospital. She was 83 years old.

A FUNERAL SERVICE will be held at 11:00 am on Tuesday, December 29, 2009 at the Stanchfield Baptist Church with Rev. Dale Cope presiding.

VISITATION will be held from 9-11am at the church.

INTERMENT will be at the Minnesota Veterans Cemetery in Little Falls.

Lavon Iris Freitag, who lived at the Legends of Heritage Place in Sartell, peacefully passed away on Wednesday, December 23, 2009 at the St. Cloud Hospital. She was 83 years old.

Lavon was born on March 8, 1926 in Fairmont, Minnesota to parents Harry and Vera (Schwinger) Chase. Lavon attended and graduated from Fairmont High School in 1944. Lavon met Sidney Freitag in the ninth grade and the couple was married on October 20, 1944. Lavon loved the years she spent traveling with Sid to his assigned military bases in Minnesota, California, and Texas.

Music was a special part of Lavon’s life. She spent many hours as a child learning the piano and was a concert pianist by the age of 16. She gave many piano and vocal concerts throughout her life. She taught piano lessons to hundreds of students over many years. In her mid thirties, Lavon attended and graduated from the St. Cloud Teachers College, after which she began teaching elementary music in Princeton. She also taught music in the Isanti Schools.

After her retirement, she and Sid loved to travel in their RV or to one of their time shares in Florida or Park Rapids. It never failed that on their trips they would meet someone who would teach them a new dice or card game and on their return home, they would laugh and laugh as they taught their children and grandchildren.

Lavon was baptized and confirmed in her childhood church, Church of Christ, in Fairmont. She and Sid became members of the Cambridge Methodist Church and in the later years, attended the Stanchfield Baptist Church. Lavon was always playing piano for church services, funerals, sing-a-longs, and special occasions. She would play for service at Country Manor and Good Shepherd where she and Sid lived. She also loved her “gigs” with “Banjo Bob”, a 92-year-old professional Dixieland musician, when they played for their Country Manor residents.

Lavon’s passion was music, but she also enjoyed knitting and crocheting. She also loved to read her bibles and participate in bible studies. Lavon was the anchor of her family; always ready to take care of everyone. She was a quiet, kind, and gentle soul, who always put everyone else’s needs before her own. She will be deeply missed.

Lavon is preceded in death by her parents, her husband Sid, daughter Judith Bizjak, and grandson Thomas Alan Freitag.

She is survived by her daughter Sharon (Joel) Selensky of St. Joseph, son Dan (Nancy) Freitag of Princeton; brother Dayton Keith (Joyce) Chase of Illinois; brother- and sister-in-laws Willis (Wanda) Freitag and Maxine McConnell both of Fairmont; grandchildren Michelle (Josh) Donner, Dr. Mark (Mary) Freitag, Jennifer (Rob) Bartlett, Kristopher (Tracy) Byman, Michael (Jackie) Sanford, and Matthew (Sadie) Freitag; 15 great grandchildren; and nieces, nephews, other relatives, and friends.

A Funeral service was held on Tuesday, December 29, 2009 at the Stanchfield Baptist Church with Rev. Dale Cope presiding. Music was proved by Dorsey Larson and the St. Stephen’s choir. Casket bearers were Roger Downing, Scott Lucht, Mark Freitag, Kristopher Byman, Michael Sanford, Matthew Freitag, Josh Donner, and Rob Bartlett. Interment was in the Minnesota Veteran’s Cemetery in Little Falls, MN. Arrangements were entrusted to the Rock Ingebrand Funeral Home of Braham.

6 guestbook entries for LAVON I. FREITAG

  1. Charlotte Saxon December 26, 2009 at 5:33 pm #

    I just wanted to write and say I am so so sorry to hear about Lavone!! She will be missed greatly by many!! I only knew her for a short period of time and she sure touched my heart!! I will miss her smile and her wonderful music!! May you rest in peace sweet lady!!

  2. Chaplain Gary Skramstad December 27, 2009 at 7:45 pm #

    Our sympathies in the loss of our dear friend, Lavone. We are grateful for the wonderful memories and the abiding faith that we shall once again be reunited with those we love who trusted the Lord Jesus. She truly loved her Lord and her family and friends. Our prayers attend you all.
    Chaplain Gary Skramstad – Country Manor

  3. Darwin and Marlene Nelson December 28, 2009 at 7:47 am #

    Both Darwin and I have fond memories of your Mother as our piano teacher. I also remember the many times the Freitag family and Downing family would get together as families did when we were growing up.
    You are all in our thoughts and prayers. Love to all
    Darwin and Marlene Nelson

  4. Geno Beniek December 29, 2009 at 10:58 pm #

    Shari and Joel–my condolences to you on the occasion of the death of your mother(-in-law). Thanks for your kindness to my family last summer when we met in St Stephen’s.

  5. Philip & Vivian Tideman December 30, 2009 at 10:18 am #

    Both Sid and Lavon lived with us in St Cloud when returning to SC State. We have fond memories of them and their family. We know they will be missed by all whose lives they touched, and we grieve with the family. Phil and Vivian

  6. Carolyn Ahlstrom Nuahn & Kathy Ahlstrom Hanson December 30, 2009 at 2:30 pm #

    We share your grief. Our mother also believed it was important to learn to play the piano, so we too have fond memories of taking piano lessons from Mrs. Freitag. She was always patient, kind, and pleasant, even when we had not practiced.
    Sincere sympathies, Carolyn Ahlstrom Nuahn and Kathy Ahlstrom Hanson

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