Irma Ruth Freund

Irma Ruth Freund

DeForest-Irma Ruth (Messman) Freund, age 87, passed away on Thursday, May 17, 2012, at Agrace HospiceCare in Fitchburg. She was born February 5, 1925 in Sadorus, Illinois, the daughter of Frederick and Louisa (Hornung) Messman. Irma married Ralph H. Freund on April 7, 1945 in McHenry, Illinois. She worked at American Breeders Service for 22 years and was a member of St. Olaf’s Catholic Church. Irma loved to knit, crochet, sew, garden, and refinish furniture. She also loved to travel and spend time with family and visit with friends.

Irma is survived by her six children, Becky (John Muller) Freund, Toni (Dave) Perry, Linda Freund, Randy (Teresa) Freund, Katie (Jim) Held, Bobbi (Rob) Bischke; eight grandchildren, Tony and Ruth Freund, Matthew and James Held, Rafal Wajdlejt, Michelle Zitzner, Mike Perry, and Raye Bischke; eight great-grandchildren; a brother, Marion (Grace) Messman; sister-in-law, Mary Jane Messman, and many other in-laws, nieces, and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her husband Ralph H. Freund in 1993; infant son, Joseph; parents Frederick and Louisa Messman; brothers Frank (Ruth), Henry (Eleanor), Alvin (Evelyn), Alfred (Virginia), Fred, Everett, Earl (Sybil); sisters Bertha (Bill) Morenz, Vera (Bill) Wolff, and Anita (Bill) Schwake; and a grandson, Byron Freund.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11 a.m. on Tuesday, May 22, 2012, at ST. OLAF CATHOLIC CHURCH, 623 Jefferson St., DeForest, with Fr. Robert Butz officiating. A visitation will be on Monday, May 21, 2012, at RYAN FUNERAL HOME, 6924 Lake Rd, DeForest, from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. A second visitation will also be held on Tuesday at the church from 10 a.m. until the time of service. Burial will follow the service at St. Olaf Catholic Cemetery.

The family would like to thank Dr. David Ringdahl, staff and friends at Care Wisconsin, Prairie Gardens, Oak Park Place, Meriter Hospital, and Agrace HospiceCare.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in Irma’s honor to Agrace HospiceCare, 5395 E. Cheryl Parkway, Fitchburg, WI, 53711.