WEST LAFAYETTE -- Freda Helene Roahrig Christian, 91, of West Lafayette, passed away at Grant Hospital, Columbus, on April 20, 2014, after a long life of service and recent illness.
Freda was born Dec. 29, 1922, near Plainfield, to the late Carson and Ella (Cosby Lusk) Roahrig.
She grew up on a 205 acre farm, doing any needed chores. She attended Sand Banks School for two years and graduated from Plainfield High School in 1941 as Valedictorian.
During World War II, she was employed by the Cleveland Ordnance District as an inspector of ordnance material at Firestone Industrial Products Co., Coshocton. She also worked at Reeves Steel, Dover, and at Line Material Co., Zanesville. Later, she attended Muskingum College Extension, Coshocton. She enjoyed reading, sending cards, making Party Mix, and visiting with family and friends.
On June 26, 1946, Freda married Merrill C. Christian (Sylvester P. Ozmun officiated) at the Plainfield (now United) Methodist Church, where she had been a member since 1936. Merrill passed away Dec. 4, 2004.
Freda was a homemaker. She was a member of the West Lafayette United Methodist Church since 1947. She was a member and past-president of: The United Methodist Women, The Together Sunday School class, and Coshocton County Church Women United; a member and past chairman of the Missions Committee; a member of the Administrative Council for over 20 years; a member of the Merry Ringers for 15 years and taught a Sunday School class for 30 years. She was a past Ppresident of the local American Legion Auxiliary and a Red Cross volunteer for many years. Freda was also a Cub Scout Den Mother for 10 years.
Since 1993, Freda had been the caregiver of her husband, Merrill, who had Parkinson's disease for 11 years.
Surviving are her three sons, Richard E. of Toney, Ala., Ronald L. of Coshocton, and Jon M. (Vicki) of Nelsonville; grandsons, Paul, Patrick and Alex; granddaughter, Ramona; one great-grandson, Ryan; one nephew; two nieces; a sister-in-law, Agatha Roahrig,; and several cousins.
Preceding her in death besides her husband, were two half-brothers, Eldred Roahrig and Elmer Lusk; and a half-sister, Audrey Addy.
Funeral Services were Monday, April 28, 2014, in the West Lafayette United Methodist Church, corner of Oak and Union with Pastor Sue Chidley officiating.
Interment followed the funeral in the Fairfield Cemetery, West Lafayette.
The Given-Dawson Funeral Home in Coshocton was in charge of arrangements.
Memorial Contributions in Freda's name may be made to: The West Lafayette United Methodist Church.
An online memorial may be viewed at www.given-dawsonfuneralhome.com.