Obituary of Louie Freiborg
Louis Norman Freiborg, age 83, of Renville passed away on Monday, April 1st, 2019 at Olivia Rehabilitation and Healthcare Center. Visitation will be from 5-7 p.m. Friday, April 5th, at Ebenezer Presbyterian Church of rural Renville. Visitation will continue from 10-11 a.m., followed by the funeral at 11:00 a.m. Saturday, April 6th, at the church. Memorials are preferred to Rice Hospice and the local chapter of the American Red Cross.
Louie was born on April 7th, 1935 in Crooks Township, Renville County to Ike and Annie (Stomberg) Freiborg. He grew up on the family farm northwest of Renville with his 2 older brothers and 3 sisters. He attended country school, district 88. He received his 8th grade diploma on June 18th, 1950. He remained close to his favorite teacher, Ruth Jacobson. After his schooling, he began his farming career working for his father and other area farmers.
At age 18, he joined the National Guard and 2 years later he enlisted into the U.S. Army and was stationed at Fort Leonard Wood, MO. He was honorably discharged 6 months later due to the death of his father. He then came home to run the family farm. He continued to serve his country in the National Guard. Along with farming, he worked for several farm implement dealers and hauled milk, eggs and sugar beets.
Louie met his future bride, Junith, while hanging out with his motorcycle buddies at the Granite Falls bowling alley. Louie was observed doing a cartwheel after he dropped Junith off from their 1st date. Louie was united in marriage to Junith Enger on September 20th, 1958 at Rock Dell Lutheran church, Belview, MN. They were blessed with 6 children and 60 years of marriage. Louie loved his family. Not only did he teach them the value of hard work and hustle, he always found time for fun. Meal times at the Freiborg house were the best! He loved Junith’s home cooking and supper was always served promptly at 6 o’clock. No matter how hectic schedules got, spending meals together as a family was a priority. After supper, a daily devotion was always read. A fond memory of his daughters was taking turns dancing with their Dad to polka music around the kitchen table after Sunday dinners. Louie even made weeding the bean field fun. His kids recall stopping the weeding to do marching drills with their dad. (We were lucky to find our rows back!) Work was always started in the cool of the morning so that afternoons could be spent swimming at the gravel pit, also known as “Lake Louie.”
Louie enjoyed playing cards, restoring antique tractors, gardening, playing softball with the church team as well as with his family on the farm, fishing, bird watching and travel. He and Junith traveled to St. Thomas, Florida, Guatemala on mission, Colorado, San Felipe, Mexico, Hawaii, Alaska, Washington, Norway, Denmark, Germany and France. Several winters were spent in Mesa, AZ and Texas. Louie always lived life to the fullest. In his forties he learned to downhill ski with his kids. Near 50 years of age, he bought an airplane and learned to fly. His alfalfa runway became known as “Freiborg International Airport.” At age 60, he biked 315 miles across the state of Minnesota for the annual MS bike ride.
Louie lived a life of service. He was a life long member of Ebenezer Presbyterian Church where he served as an Elder, Deacon, Sunday School Superintendent and an Usher. His kids have fond memories of their Dad tolling the church bell on Sunday mornings. He loved to sing and always participated in the church choir as well as Ebenezer’s “signature” pop up choir. He was passionate about being a blood donor and was one pint short of the 15-gallon club. Louie loved people and lived that out through visiting with the elderly, helping his neighbors, and sharing his garden produce with friends and family.
Louie is loved and missed by his wife, Junith; children, Randy (Carrie) Freiborg, Julie (Ned) Wohlman, Ken Freiborg, Lisa (Todd) Dykema, Lori (Brad) Schemel, LeAnn (Don) Wilcox; Grandchildren, Brittany Homan, Zach Freiborg, Abbey Solem, Eric Schmidtman; Phil Wohlman, Kristin Pomplun; Amanda and Dexter Freiborg; Ransom, Jack and Annie Dykema; Lane Schemel, Alli Molitor, Sara Baker; Madeline and David Wilcox; 12 Great Grandchildren; siblings; Inez (Arne) Underland, Della (Ivan) Underland, Janet (Larry) Agre; Sister in laws; Harriet Freiborg, Mildred (John) Meyer; many nieces and nephews, family and friends. Louie is greeted in Heaven by his parents, Ike and Annie, brothers, Boyd and Henry, infant son Kenneth Dean and daughter in law, Tammy Freiborg.
Louie now has “victory in Jesus” and we rejoice in knowing that he is with the Lord.
Louie’s family would like to express heartfelt thanks and gratitude to the caregivers at Olivia Rehabilitation and Healthcare Center and to Rice Hospice.
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