ORRVILLE -- Freeda Jean Gingerich, 92, of Orrville, died Wednesday, Feb. 15, 2017, at Brenn-Field Nursing Center.
Friends called Sunday, Feb. 19, 2017, from 2-4 p.m. at Roberts Funeral Home-Sherwood Chapel, Wooster. Private family services were held at the funeral home with pastor Ernie Hershberger officiating. Burial was in Sherwood Memorial Gardens. Online tributes may be made at www.RobertsFuneralHome.com.
Memorial contributions may be made to LifeCare Hospice, 1900 Akron Road, Wooster 44691.
Freeda was born Nov. 25, 1924, in Salt Creek Township, Holmes County, to Eli and Susie (Hochstetler) Wengerd. She graduated from Leeper School near Fredericksburg, and attended Martins Creek Mennonite Church. She worked for several years at Fredericksburg Art Pottery.
She married Alvin M. Gingerich on June 21, 1946. The family then moved to the family farm north of Kidron. She enjoyed quilting, jigsaw and crossword puzzles, and visits from her family.
Freeda will be deeply missed by her children, Betty (Jerald) Hostetler of Orrville, Wanda (Richard) Steiner of Dalton, Walter Gingerich of Millersburg and Marion (Sue) Gingerich of Apple Creek; grandchildren, Kristina (Joseph) Showalter, Sheri (Nathan) Badertscher, Michael (Rebecca) Hostetler, Matthew Steiner, Lora Steiner, Beth Steiner and Mark Gingerich; great-grandchildren, Daniel and Eli Showalter, Austen, Carter and Sienna Hostetler; brothers, Omar (Nettie) and Dallas Wengerd; and a sister, Velma Miller.
In addition to her husband, she was preceded in death by a grandson, Samuel Steiner; sisters, Phyllis Weaver, Beatrice and Alice Miller; and brothers, Claude and Paul Wengerd.
The family thanks the staff at Brenn-Field and LifeCare Hospice for their excellent care.