Easter R. (Risner) Freienmuth, 87

July 28, 2010
  • Easter R. (Risner) Freienmuth

JULY 20, 1923-JULY 26, 2010

Easter R. (Risner) Freienmuth, 87, of 903 D. Wesley Drive, Quincy, Pa., died at 2:25 p.m., Monday, July 26, 2010, at Quincy Village. She had been in failing health for four years and critically ill for the past two months.

Born July 20, 1923, on a farm on Ogden Creek near Hindman, Knott County, Ky., she was the daughter of the late Floyd and Susanna (Sawyers) Risner.

Easter graduated from Hindman High School, class of 1941, and later attended Northfield School for Girls, Northfield, Mass., on a scholarship for the 1941-42 school year.

She was first employed as a secretary for a professor in the Graduate School of Engineering at Harvard University, where, in 1943, she met her Army officer husband-to-be, who was a student.


She and her husband, William L. Freienmuth, were married on Sept. 1, 1943, in Harvard Memorial Church and later moved to Tonganoxie, Kan. In December 1945, after her husband had returned from wartime duty in Europe, they moved to Lawrence, Kan. In June 1947, Easter and her family moved to Montgomery County, Md. They first lived in Kensington, then Damascus, then near Laytonsville, until 1996, when they moved to Quincy Village retirement community, Quincy, Pa.

Easter was a homemaker, and was active in community and church affairs. She volunteered as the buyer for the gift shop of Montgomery General Hospital, Olney, Md., and was a member of the hospital's Women's Board for several years. She was active in the Damascus United Methodist Church, where she served on several committees, was a co-founder of its thrift shop and the first woman Trustee of the Church. She was a member and officer of the PEO Sisterhood, Chapter K, District of Columbia and, since 1996, served as a member of Chapter CL, Chambersburg, Pa., and Christ United Methodist Church, Waynesboro.

In addition to her husband, she is survived by a daughter, Susan Freienmuth, Quincy Village; two sons: Kenneth Freienmuth, Golden, Colo., Kent Freienmuth, Wayzata, Minn.; four grandchildren, Eric, Megan, Kaitlin and Kyle; and a brother, Lacy Risner, Herculaneum, Mo.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her daughter, Sylvia Freienmuth, who died in infancy.

Memorial services will be at 3 p.m., Saturday Aug. 14, 2010, at Christ United Methodist Church, 100 S. Church St., Waynesboro, with the Rev. Dr. A. Robert Cook officiating.

Arrangements are being handled by Grove-Bowersox Funeral Home, 50 S. Broad St., Waynesboro, Pa.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to one of the following: Christ United Methodist Church, 100 S. Church St., Waynesboro, PA 17268; Quincy Village Benevolent Care Fund, P.O. Box 128, Quincy, PA 17247; or Lutheran Home Care and Hospice, 2700 Luther Drive, Chambersburg, PA 17201.

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