|January 23, 1917 - December 24, 2010|
|Rock Island, Illinois|
|Visitation: 4-8 pm December 27, 2010 at Wheelan-Pressly Funeral Home, Rock Island, IL|
|Mass of Christian Burial: 10 am December 28, 2010 at St. Ambrose Catholic Church, Milan, IL|
|Vigil Service: 7:30 pm December 27, 2010 at Wheelan-Pressly Funeral Home, Rock Island, IL|
|Interment: December 28, 2010 at Calvary Cemetery, Rock Island, IL |
|With great sadness, the family of Agnes Freiband, 93, announces her |
passing on Christmas Eve at Trinity Medical center, Rock Island after a short illness. Services for Mrs. Freiband will be 10 am Tuesday at St. Ambrose Catholic Church, Milan. Visitation will be Monday from 4-8 pm at the Wheelan-Pressly Funeral Home, 3030-7th Avenue, Rock Island, where a Christian wake service will be conducted at 7:30 pm. Burial will be in the Calvary Cemetery, Rock Island. Memorials may be made to the Quad City Symphony, Alleman High School or to a favorite charity.
A long time resident of the Quad Cities and Friendship Manor, she was the
widow of Dr. Benjamin M. Freiband of Milan and mother of Jane DeMay,
Minneapolis; Jana Freiband, Minneapolis; Jude Aiello, Denver; John Freiband, Rock
Island, Jim Freiband, New York. She leaves six loving grandchildren Mindy,
Brad, Andrew, Dominic, Gina and Monica and a very loving great
Agnes was born in Kansas City Kansas and attended Bishop Ward High
School there; she graduated from St Marys College of Leavenworth
Kansas with a BS. She also attended Medical Records School at St
Joseph's Hospital in Chicago where she met Benjamin. They were married
in 1942 and Dr Freiband served with distinction as a Capt in the US
Medical Corps in the South Pacific. At the end of the war, the family
settled in Keithsburg IL and later moved to Milan where Dr Freiband
maintained a general practice and surgeon until his death in 1983.
In addition to raising her five children, Agnes was active in parish
activities at St Ambrose Church leading the childrens choir. She was
dearly remembered for her love of music, singing often in Handel
Oratorios locally and womens barbershop (in US and Canadian
competitions) for almost 30 years. Some of her favorite roles were as
Mary Poppins and Peter Pan in local musicals in Moline. She belonged to
Harmony Incorporated chorus called the "Great River Echoes" under the
direction of Dean Stephenson.
Mrs. Freiband also served on the Board of the Quad City Symphony,
Catholic Social Service; Alleman High School and Franciscan Hospital. She was
a former two term president of the Villa Guild, St Anthony's auxiliary,
and president and founding member of the Milan Womens Club. She also
held offices in the Medical Auxiliary and enlisted their membership in
delivering for the "Meals on Wheels" program which she did faithfully
for 29 years. She received the Master Auxiliary Award for her efforts
on behalf of medical membership.
Online condolences may be left for the family at www.wheelanpressly.com
To Agnes's family please accept all our sympathy from all the volunteers at Animal Aid. I was a patient of Dr. Freiband's years ago in Milan in the big white house. I was from the Benner family.
I always remembered how nice they were.
-- Vickie Sanders from Animal Aid Humane Society
We were so sorry to learn of your moms death. She was such a wonderful lady and I know you will miss her terribly. Please accept Paul and my condolences and know that you are in our thoughts and prayers.
Paul and Sharon Laity
-- Sharon and Paul Laity
The Sisters of the Visitation (formerly from the Villa de Chantal)offer our sincerest sympathy to the family of Agnes Freiband. Please know that our thoughts and prayers are with you.
-- Sister Veronica Haronik
Dear Jane & Family:
I'm so sorry to hear about your mother. My sister (Gloria) & myself used to bowl with you at Town & Country, back in the '60's. You were a great bowler! I believe all of us went to State tournaments together.
Once again, my deepest sympathy. There were 5 kids in our family also; and, our mother, died on Christmas Eve in 1966, when I was still in high school; so, I know the added sorrow especially felt when losing one's mother at Christmas.
Gail (Gerlich) Dahlstrom
-- Gail (Gerlich) Dahlstrom
Jane, Jana, Jude, John and Jim,
Please accept our sympathy for the loss of your mother, Agnes. From her photos we could see such a sparkle when she first held Beatrix to sharing dinner with her last summer. May your memories bring you comfort in the days ahead. Our thoughts and prayers are with all of you and your families.
Michael and Laurie Burrous
-- Michael and Laurie Burrous
I hVE SUCH GREAT MEMORIES OF MRS. FREIBAND! TOO NUMEROUS TO MENTION HERE. PLEASE ACCEPT MY SINCERE CONDOLENCES TO ALL OF HER CHILDREN AND HER EXTENDED FAMILY.
-- Ed Kiely
John and family...
I am very sorry about the passing of your mom. I remember that she always had a new story to tell and I will always remember her warm smile. She certainly had touched a lot of lives in her time here on this earth.The world we live in is just a touch less warm without Agnes Freiband in it, but we all do have great memories of her to brighten up our days. Like you, I will miss her and the best potato salad ever created! I'll bet that she has already been put to work, making it for all of her old and new friends in her new home. After all, it is heavenly!
My thoughts and prayers are with you all.
Sincerely, Dan Diederich
-- Dan Diederich
Dear Jude and family,
I would like to send my condolences for you and your family. When I was visiting you in Denver a few weeks ago you were having a conversation with your mom, and I could tell how much you love her and it seems she was very blessed to have much love and much health throughout her life. I hope all that needs to be done goes smoothly and peacefully for you and your family and the love that she gave you all is now the love that supports you and your support for each other as you take care of the details and begin to adjust to her passing.
Much love and support for you now!
-- Lori Syme
My heart and prayers go out to you, Jude, during this sad time. After reading about your mother's life, I see where you get your "spark." What a blessing it is to have you in my life.
-- Elizabeth Wheeler
My prayers and sympathy to Agnes' children. I will be praying to Agnes for all of you. God love you, Sister J.T.
-- Sister J.T. (Judith Terese McNulty,BVM )
Jude and family, Losing such a formidable matriarch leaves a huge void for any family. As I read about your mother and thought of your advocacy in Denver's Old House Society, I have no doubt she is smiling quite broadly upon you and your family. Please accept my condolences on your loss.
Becky Orr, Denver
-- Becky Orr
My love and prayers to the family of Agnes...in the 1950's I worked in the office of your father..also was a babysitter to all of you children when your parents were out of town. Mom was a "giant of a lady" just one of a kind!!! Love and peace to you all, Janet
-- Janet Hodson Fitzpatrick
Dear Jude, Our thoughts and prayers are with you. It sounds like your mother was a very special lady who contributed a great deal to her community. Hopefully you can take comfort in the fact that she lived a long and full life and touched the lives of many.
-- Linda and Tom Brunn
I received word just today of your Mom's passing. I was just thinking of her last week and wondered how she was. You all are in my prayers. I will always remember as a very loving and kind person. She always had a wonderful smile on her beautiful face. Much love to you all. Janet
-- Janet Tomlin Howerton
A big Hug to Jana and Monica and the Freiband family.
Don't cry. She will always protect you.
-- Maria Teresa e Daniele Medri Cammelli
Jane, Jana, Jude, John and Jim,the clinking sound you hear is a toast to a Grand Lady who lived a wonderful life. She is the last of a very proud Tomlin family and she will be missed. Here is to a great 2011 for your family and I have hopes we can reconnect. Love from the Russ Tomlin Clan
-- Russ Tomlin & Family