Freda Mae Pleak, 93

January 24, 2014
By

Freda Mae Volz Pleak, the 93 year old matriarch of the Pleak family, and wife to Walter Eugene Pleak, passed away peacefully on Thursday, January 23, 2014. Freda is remembered for her sweet smile, her determination,  her love of family, friends, church, and of course her family business.

Freda was born November 3, 1920 in Lookout of Ripley County. ). She was the beloved daughter of Alex and Mary Catherine (Mamie Crum) Volz. Freda was a 1938 graduate of Osgood High School where she was a cheerleader. She was preceded in death by her parents Alex and Mamie, two sisters Evelyn Pitts and Viola Damm, two brothers Louis and Charles Volz, her husband Walter Eugene Pleak, and son Walter Eugene Pleak Jr.

Freda grew up as member of St. Pius Catholic Church in Ripley County. Her grandfather Alexius Volz donated the land for the school and the church to be built on for  $1. Years later, Freda and her husband Walter could always be found working the quilt booth at the annual summer St. Pius picnic. Freda met her husband Walter at a dance in Liberty Park, Batesville, Indiana.  Walter swept Freda off her feet and even earned permission from Freda’s brother Charles to drive her home that evening.  The two were married on July 26, 1941 in the rectory of St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Greensburg.  Their love and commitment for each other is recorded throughout their 71 years of marriage. The two fought life’s battles side-by-side.  When Walter was deployed during WWII, they sent pictures and notes full of love and hope to each other and Freda raised turkeys and quilted. In 1958, Walter and Freda began what would be a life-long career in business after they bought the oldest hardware store in downtown Greensburg, Corbett & Craig.  Freda and Walter worked side-by side for 55 years at Pleak’s Do-It Center. Freda belonged to St. Mary’s Catholic Church. She also was a member of the Daughters of Isabella and Delta Tau Delta sorority. Freda was an outstanding cook, pie maker, and baker, often cooking meals for local nuns.

Freda is survived by two children, Cheryl (Rock) Linville of Greensburg, Richard (Terri) Pleak of Greensburg; two grandchildren Sonja Linville of Greensburg, and Alex Linville of Phoenix, Arizona; and many nieces and nephews.

Visitation will take place Sunday, January 26 from 2-5 pm at Porter– Oliger-Pearson  Funeral Home, with a Rosary Service at 1:30 pm. A celebration of life will begin at 10 am Monday, January 27 at St. Mary’s Catholic Church. Burial will follow in St. Mary’s Catholic Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the St. Mary’s Church Building Fund. Online condolences can be made to the family at www.popfuneralhome.compleak freda 02

Listen Live

Upcoming Events

May
22
Fri
5:00 pm KIWANIS CARNIVAL- MAY 22-23-24 @ Batesville Village Green
KIWANIS CARNIVAL- MAY 22-23-24 @ Batesville Village Green
May 22 @ 5:00 pm – May 24 @ 11:00 pm
Fri-Sun, May 22-24      Fun for the whole family with rides, games and tasty treats on the Batesville Village Green starting at 5 PM.  No adm. chg. Jim Hortemiller (812) 934-5267  OR   Dennis Harmeyer, (812) 934-3616. Cost if for ‘Ride bracelet’. Rides-Games – FOOD – Fun! Proceeds benefit the Kiwanis Programs for local Children & Senior Citizens. Friday 5:00-11:00  ($15) Saturday 12:00 – 5:00  ($10)  &  5:00 – 11:00  ($15) Sunday 1:00 – 6:00  ($12)
May
23
Sat
8:00 am Greg “Big Man” Andres Memorial G... @ Country View Golf Course
Greg “Big Man” Andres Memorial G... @ Country View Golf Course
May 23 @ 8:00 am
The Greg “Big man” Andres Memorial Golf Outing will be held at the Country View Golf Course in Dover, Indiana, on Saturday, May 23 with tee times at 8:00 am and 1:30 pm. Cost is $45.00 per person, includes golf, cart, and chicken dinner afterwards. Proceeds go to the Greg Andres/NDCC Scholarship Fund. For more information contact Debbie Zimmer at 513-407-0455 or daezimmer44@hotmail.com. Dinners available for purchase for non-golfers. We are presenting 2 -$500 scholarships as of now — 1 to a ECHS Senior and 1 to a FCHS Senior — names are being kept private until after the scholarship night.
8:30 am Mental Health Training @ St. Paul United Methodist Church
Mental Health Training @ St. Paul United Methodist Church
May 23 @ 8:30 am – 4:00 pm
A psychological first aid for mental health training, open to the public, is May 23 from 8:30 am – 4:00 pm at St. Paul United Methodist Church in Sunman. For more information contact Janice Hosmer at 812-654-2180 or jehosmer48@gmail.com.

View Calendar