Loretta “Jean” Freier, 84, of Pierre, formerly of Draper
DIED: Wednesday, February 19 at Maryhouse in Pierre
VISITATION: beginning one hour prior to services
SERVICES: 11:00am, Monday, February 24 at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Draper with Pastor Ray Greenseth officiating
BURIAL: Draper City Cemetery
Arrangements have been placed in care of Isburg Funeral Chapel. Online condolences may be made at www.isburgfuneralchapels.com
Jean was born on September 2, 1929 to Tom and Ella Mae Cox in Pierre, where she grew up and attended school. She married Alex Freier of Draper on September 14, 1948. To this union was born a daughter, Sharon, and two sons: Ray and Randy. Jean and Alex were married 65 years and spent all but the last three years on the farm northeast of Draper until they moved to Kelly’s in Pierre.
Jean was a stay-at-home housewife and one of her biggest passions was sewing. She made everything from wedding dresses to men’s suits and everything in between; she even won awards on some of her outfits. She also enjoyed tatting, crocheting, knitting and making quilts. She was a great cook and always had a homemade dessert.
Jean was a member of St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Draper for 65 years. She taught Sunday School there for many years and was a member of the Priscilla Circle. She and Alex went on many Wagon Train rides throughout the State and made many friends along the way. They also enjoyed it when their grandkids could go along with them to share the experience.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Tom and Ella Mae Cox; two brothers: William and Fred; three sisters-in-law: Grace Schamber, Esther Keyes and Emma Bahr; three brothers-in-law: Hank, Jim and Ed Freier.
Survivors include her husband, Alex; daughter, Sharon (Chuck) Pietrus, of Pierre; two sons: Ray and Randy, both of Draper; five grandchildren: Jennifer (Steve) Bagley of Sierra Vista, AZ, Jesse Barker of Kunsan AB, South Korea, Craig Freier of Windsor, CO, Stephanie Freier and fiance, Brian Williams of Rapid City, and Doug (Megan) Freier of Columbus, NE; two great-grandchildren: Travis Bagley and Brooklyn Freier; three sisters: Helen (Bob) Schillinger of Hot Springs, SD, Judy (Tom) Losea of Casper, WY and Evelyn Holcomb and friend, Jerry Mendenhall of Rapid, City; two brothers: Robert Cox of Kalispell, MT and Ralph (Bonna Faye) Cox of Cedar Rapids, NE; two sisters-in-law: Helen Doeden and Kathryn Parsley of Colorado Springs, CO; and numerous nieces and nephews.
Memorials may be directed to Hospice or St. Paul’s Lutheran Church
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