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Frieda L.M. Spiering, 100, Brownton

Frieda Spiering
Frieda Louise Marie Spiering, 100, of Brownton, died Friday, April 15, 2016, at Harmony River Living Center in Hutchinson.
 
Funeral services were held Tuesday, April 19, at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Brownton with the Rev. R. Allan Reed officiating. Dawn Wolter was the organist. Soloist Lori Berg sang “Lass Mich Gehen” and “How Great Thou Art.” Congregational hymns were “Beautiful Savior,” “Nearer, My God, to Thee” and “What a Friend We Have in Jesus.”
 
Casket bearers were Randy Bussler, Donald Wolff, Donald Frauendienst, Larry Podratz, David Latu and Clarence Frauendienst. Honorary bearers were Adam Lindeman, Nathan Lindeman and Heather Bislew.
 
Interment was in the church cemetery.
 
Frieda Louise Marie Frauendienst was born Jan. 23, 1916, at the family home in New Auburn Township, to William and Minnie (Proehl) Frauendienst. She was baptized at the family home Feb. 6, 1916, by the Rev. George Diemer. She was confirmed March 24, 1929, at Immanuel Lutheran Church in New Auburn by the Rev. Hans Werner. She was a member of Immanuel Lutheran in New Auburn until her marriage in August 1943.
 
She attended Metcalf School District 35 in New Auburn, Sibley County, and graduated from the eighth grade. She was always very proud to have been the champion oral speller of the eighth grade in Sibley County in 1931. She also attended two years of parochial school at Immanuel in New Auburn before her confirmation in 1929.
 
She grew up on the family farm with seven siblings. She was very active in helping with the day-to-day chores and helping her siblings when she was needed.
 
On Aug. 29, 1943, she was united in marriage to Lloyd Spiering in a double wedding ceremony with Lloyd’s sister, Myrna, and her husband, Gerhard Podratz, of Gaylord. The wedding ceremony was performed by the Rev. Gerhard Schmidt at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Brownton.
 
The couple were blessed with two children, Sherwyn and Rhonda. They farmed the family farm until retirement in 1979. The farm was a century farm in Penn Township, McLeod County. Mr. Spiering died on Sept. 10, 1992. The couple shared 49 years of marriage. Mrs. Spiering continued to live on the farm until September 2012, when she entered assisted living at the Shade Tree Retirement Center in Brownton. In February 2015, she became a resident of Harmony River Living Center in Hutchinson.
 
Mrs. Spiering enjoyed the country life. She was very happy to earn her driver’s license privilege at age 75. In her younger years, she raised a lot of poultry and had a large garden. She was an excellent baker and made the best apple pies, always having one ready for family and friends who would stop by to visit. She also was the family barber and hairdresser, giving many haircuts and perms. She was a very loving and caring grandmother to her three grandchildren, babysitting and doing whatever she could for them. She also spent a lot of time helping her mother and sister when they needed extra help due to aging. She greatly treasured any time spent with her family. She was a wonderful mother, and especially enjoyed her 14 great-grandchildren.
 
Mrs. Spiering’s other interests were reading, photo scrapbooks, family history and genealogy, Minnesota history, going to church, and playing hymns on her electric organ.
 
She is survived by her son and daughter-in-law, Sherwyn and JoAnn Spiering of Hutchinson; daughter and son-in-law, Rhonda and Lonnie Lindeman of Brownton; grandchildren, Heather (Lindeman) Bislew (husband Johnathan) of Mankato, Nathan Lindeman (wife Emily) of Sioux Falls, South Dakota, and Adam Lindeman (wife Angie) of Glencoe; great-grandchildren, Evangeline, Isabel, Faith, Isaiah, Phinehas, Esther and Shekinah Bislew, and Gabriel, Brianna, Alex, Eric, Sawyer, Maguire and Dylan Ann Lindeman; sister-in-law, Marian Frauendienst of Glencoe; and many other nieces, nephews, relatives and friends.
 
She was preceded in death by her parents, William and Minnie Frauendienst; husband, Lloyd; sisters and brothers-in-law, Esther and Albert Grack, Vera and Fred Grack and Martha and Harold Klitzke; brothers and sisters-in-law, Walter and Joyce Frauendienst and Clarence and Alma Frauendienst; brother, Virgil Frauendienst; sister, Lorraine Frauendienst; and sister-in-law and brother-in-law, Myrna and Gerhard Podratz.
 
Arrangements were with the Dobratz-Hantge Chapel in Hutchinson.
 
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