With heavy hearts, we bid a fond farewell to a remarkable soul, Bobby Irene Freadrich, whose life was a testament to love, resilience, and a deep connection to the land she cherished. Born to Leslie and Dorothy Tennis on November 15, 1950, Bobby embarked on a journey that would touch the lives of many, leaving an indelible mark on her community and family.
Bobby's story began in the heart of Detroit, Michigan, where she spent the first twelve years of her life. Yet, fate had other plans, and her path soon led her to rural Hardisty, Alberta. Here, Bobby found herself living with her dad and her beloved Grandma Tennis on a modest farm, a world away from Detroit. It was here that she would come of age and eventually earn her high school diploma, a testament to her resilience and determination.
She joined the ranks of the workforce, finding employment at the bank in Killam. It was on a bright April day in 1971 that she embarked on the next chapter of her life when she exchanged vows with Gerald Freadrich in Vegas. Together, they began a lifelong adventure filled with love, devotion, and the bonds of family.
In 1977, Gerald and Bobby made their home on the Jack and Blanche Gair farm, south of Killam. Here, they put down their roots, raising their beloved children, Karen Lee, and Kevin Gerald. Bobby was not only a proud landowner but a dedicated homemaker, tending to her garden, yard, and home with unwavering dedication.
Bobby was more than just the heart of her home; she was the backbone of her family's farm, actively participating in every aspect of agriculture, from seeding to swathing and combining. Her commitment to her work and her land was an inspiration to all who knew her.
Beyond her role as a loving mother and devoted farmer, Bobby was a pillar of her community. She played an instrumental role in the construction of the Killam Community Hall during the early 1990s, demonstrating her unwavering dedication to the betterment of her town. As a proud member of the Killam Agriculture Society and the Killam Recreation Board, she played a crucial part in organizing countless successful rodeos, infusing joy and excitement into the lives of many.
In her leisure time, Bobby cherished her moments of camaraderie with friends, always ready for a spirited game of cards. Her smile and welcoming nature made her a friend to all.
In 2001, due to health challenges, Bobby and Gerald decided to leave the family farm, a bittersweet moment that marked the end of an era. She continued to stay involved in the family farm and looked forward to any and all updates.
Bobby's pride and joy were her six precious grandchildren, watching them grow and cheering them on in their sports endeavors. Her love and guidance will forever shape their lives.
Bobby is survived by her devoted husband, Gerald, and her loving children, Karen (Darren) Antos and Kevin (Janna) Freadrich. She leaves behind a legacy that includes her adoring grandchildren: Lexi (Jake Schopfer), Bailey (Casie Naslund), Caitlyn (Zach Cox), Easton, Karter, and Hadley.
As we remember this remarkable woman, we celebrate a life that was marked by resilience, love, and an unwavering connection to the land. In honor of Bobby's memory, donations may be made to the Canadian Cancer Society.