VIENNA - Orpha Ann Fredenburg, 82, of Vienna, died at 6:10 p.m. on Sunday evening, Jan. 19, 2014, after a short battle with cancer, at St. Joseph Health Center in Warren.
She was born on Jan. 26, 1931, the daughter of William and Genevieve O'Brien Brow in Lake Leelanau, Mich.
Orpha served her country in the United States Army during the Korean War and had worked at the Pentagon as a cryptologist. She met her future husband, James L. Fredenburg, whom she would marry on Sept. 12, 1953, while in the kitchen at the base where they were stationed together.
Mrs. Fredenburg was an avid gardener and known for her famous apple pies, jams and jellies that she loved making. Above all else she was a devoted mom, grandma, and great-grandma to her family throughout her life.
Survived by her beloved husband of 60 years, James L. Fredenburg; her sons Mark (Belia) Fredenburg of Houston, Texas, Michael (Donna) Fredenburg of Bartlesville, Okla., Jaime (Marilyn) Fredenburg of Hartford, Joel Fredenburg of Masury; and her daughters, Elaine Donaldson of Champion, Carrie (Ray) Barnes of North Jackson, Paula (Jeff) Goodman of Hudson, Rosalie (Tim Fabian) Fredenburg of Fowler and Mary Steen of Hermitage, Pa.; her sisters, Annette Przybysz, Mary Macallum and Bernadette Derusha; her brothers, Elmer Brow, Richard Brow and Michael Brow; her son-in-law, James Nigro of Watervliet, Mich.; 36 grandchildren; and 15 great-grandchildren also survive.
She was preceded in death by her parents, William and Genevieve Brow; her daughter, Lee Ann Nigro; brother, Donald Brow; and sisters, Ellen Kennedy and Kathleen Quill.
Friends may call from 4 to 7 p.m. on Wednesday evening at the Madasz Chapel of Lane Family Funeral Homes. A rosary service will be held beginning at 6:30 p.m.
A Requiem Mass will be held on Thursday morning beginning at 11 a.m. at Queen of the Holy Rosary in Vienna, with the Rev. Joseph Orlowski, F.S.S.P., officiating. A reciting of the rosary will begin at 10:30 a.m. prior to the start of the Mass.
Friends are asked to meet directly at the church after 10 a.m. on Thursday.
Internment will take place at Crown Hill Burial Park.
As an expression of sympathy the family requests that any contributions be made to the Queen of the Holy Rosary Catholic Church, 291 Scoville Drive, Vienna, OH 44473.
Friends may view this obituary and send condolences at www.lanefuneralhomes.com.