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

Sep
10
Wed
3:00 pm 2014 Business, Citizen & Teacher...
2014 Business, Citizen & Teacher...
Sep 10 @ 3:00 pm – Nov 7 @ 2:28 pm
Now accepting nominations and applications for these three awards by the Sunman Chamber of Commerce. Winners will be announced at the Chamber’s Annual Awards Dinner on Friday, November 7, 2014. For more information please contact the Sunman Chamber’s website or call Anna.
Sep
15
Mon
12:00 pm Mock Turtle Soup Sale @ St. Louis School Activity Center
Mock Turtle Soup Sale @ St. Louis School Activity Center
Sep 15 @ 12:00 pm – Sep 20 @ 12:00 pm
St. Louis Catholic Church is having their Mock Turtle Soup Sale! Monday, September 15- noon-6:30 p.m. Tuesday, September 16- 8 a.m.-8 p.m. Wednesday, September 17-Friday, September 19- 8 a.m.-6:30 p.m. Sunday, September 21- during the annual St. Louis Church Festival, theMock Turtle Soup will be available for sale until it’s gone. Please enter through the Activity Center doors only! The soup will also be available through the week at Schmidt’s Bakery during their normal business hours. If you have any empty quart, half-gallon, or gallon jars you can spare (or canning lids and/or rings), you can bring them to the SLS Activity Center or Schmidt’s Bakery, as jars and lids are still needed to bottle the soup throughout the week.
Sep
16
Tue
all-day Twice Blessed Anniversary Open H... @ Twice Blessed
Twice Blessed Anniversary Open H... @ Twice Blessed
Sep 16 all-day
Extra 30% Off Storewide Door Prizes Refreshments We would like to thank you for your support of this fund raising effort for Oldenburg Academy. Because of your purchases and donations, many area students have received tuition assistance at Oldenburg Academy. THANK YOU FOR HELPING US HELP LOCAL KIDS! Please join us Tuesday September 16th to celebrate our continued commitment to our school and to the community. Store open until 6 pm for open house!

View Calendar