Edna M. Freeman

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Edna M. Freeman

November 02, 2018

Edna M. Freeman Edna May Freeman, 77, of Kalkaska, also known as "Miss Edna" to family, friends and many children of the Kalkaska area, passed away peacefully with family by her side on Friday, Nov. 2, 2018.
Edna had been a resident of Kalkaska since her high school days and before that she lived in Fife Lake, where she had a wonderful childhood with many memories of the area along with her 11 siblings.
Edna married John Freeman Sr. 25 years ago at their home in Kalkaska surrounded by their blended family. They spent many wonderful years as the best of friends in all their journeys seeing their children, family and friends around the country. She was a loving wife, mother, sister, aunt and friend, and her spirit and sense of life will be greatly missed.
Edna's life had a foundation of faith and family, throughout which she was a bright example to all who knew her and were blessed to be touched by her. She always had a smile and never doubted helping others.
Born on May 17, 1941 in Hazel Park, her parents, Henrietta (Hank) and Paul Kroesing, decided to move their family north, so she attended Fife Lake schools and Kalkaska High School, graduating in 1960. Edna was the homecoming queen in 1960, which was not surprising to those around her because Edna was always kind and respected by others her entire life.
Edna raised her two sons, Randy and Danny, in Kalkaska and at the same time also took on business ownership by running a successful day care which began over 40 years ago as "Edna's Daycare." She formed, supported, raised, educated and mentored hundreds of children from all around Northern Michigan. Edna was an advocate for children, a parent mentor assisting many parents during their child rearing years with a listening, patient ear and sound loving advice. She had the experience and love to care for so many children. This is her legacy that will live in our hearts, memories and thoughts of her.
Edna had many hobbies but many know of her craft of sewing as her love. She was a talented seamstress. This was her passion along with cooking a wonderful meal for her family and friends and having everyone around the table together. Edna and her husband, John, also loved to boat on Lake Michigan and travel all over the United States. In her earlier years she spent many days on the ski slopes or the snowmobile trails with her family.
Edna was a member of the Kalkaska United Methodist Church and volunteered in any way she was needed at church. Edna was also the assistant director of the Miss Kalkaska/Trout Queen pageant for over 10 years. She was a mentor to young ladies and loved being a part of the Kalkaska community. She knew the people in Kalkaska are what made it such a special place for her to live.
Edna is survived by her husband, John Freeman Sr.; siblings, Patty (Thomas) Kroesing, of Traverse City, Pauline (Murray) Garner, of Kalkaska, Alice Cornell, of Kalkaska, Betty Findley, of Kalkaska, and Mickey (Mike) Ubl, of Traverse City; her sons, Randy, of Traverse City, and Danny (Kellie) Wells, of Saint Charles, Illinois; and stepdaughters, Tracy (Chris) Scorse, of Flower Mound, Texas, and Robin (Rick) Horrocks, of Ashland, Ohio. Edna was blessed to have 14 grandchildren and 15 great-grandchildren, along with many nieces and nephews.
Edna was preceded in her passing by her parents, Henrietta (Hank) and Paul Kroesing Jr.; her sisters, Margaret (Peters) Kroesing and Beverly (Boyer) Kroesing; her brothers, Paul Kroesing, Jim Kroesing and Larry Kroesing; and her stepson, John (Johnny) Freeman Jr.
A visitation for family and friends to gather and share remembrances of Edna will be held on Friday, Nov. 9, at the Kalkaska Funeral Home in Kalkaska from 5 to 7 p.m. A memorial service will be held at the Kalkaska United Methodist Church in Kalkaska on Saturday, Nov. 10, 2018 at 11 a.m. A light luncheon will be provided after the graveside service at Evergreen Cemetery.
You will be missed but your legacy will live on.
Memorial contributions may be made in Edna's name to the Kalkaska United Methodist Church.
Arrangements have been entrusted to Kalkaska Funeral Home and Cremation Services.
Published on November 8, 2018
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