Freida Geiwitz, 94, passed away peacefully at her daughter
Gretchen’s house in Olympia, WA, with family by her side on
March 5, 2021.
Freida was born on April 27, 1926 in Walhalla, ND to Helene
(Fraser) and Milfred Howell. She graduated from Walhalla High
School and Maryville State University with degrees in History,
Library Science, Psychology, and English. Upon graduation, she
moved to Minneota and started her career as an English teacher
which lasted for 25 years. She faced a daunting challenge her
first year as a teacher as there were several World War II
battled hardened veterans in her classes who were finishing up
their degrees, all of whom were older than she. She met the
Freida married John H. Geiwitz on August 15,1948 in Fargo, ND.
They were blessed with two children and spent the rest of their
lives in Minneota together. She lead a life of service and
volunteerism while in Minneota. Freida served on the Minneota
Public Library Board for over fifty years, thirty years as
president. Her love of books and library training attracted her
to the library. Her goal was to have a successful library in
Minneota. She was a member of the News and Art Club for over
forty years, a past president of the American Legion Auxiliary,
and volunteered on the education committee of the American Cancer
Society. She was a member of the Order of Eastern Star and of the
Minneota Area Chamber of Commerce. Freida was very active in Hope
Lutheran Church serving as past president of H.L.C.W, past
president of the Alter Guild, and a member of the Prairie
Conference of the churches. Freida was extremely proud to have
been awarded the Minneota Rotary Community Service Award with her
husband John Howard in 2003. They were the first couple to
receive the award.
She loved spending time with family at her Lake Cochrane cabin
and enjoyed watching her granddaughters water ski and swim. She
was an avid sports fan and enjoyed Minneota and Minnesota games.
Freida and John loved to travel and together they saw much of the
world. She was a descendant of the Mayflower.
Freida is survived by her loving children Fraser (Jean) Geiwitz
of Medway, MA and Gretchen (Doug) Tweet of Olympia, WA. Her
granddaughters, Anne (Zachary) Hendrickson of Huntington, NY,
Sarah Geiwitz of Gorham, NH and Natalie (Timothy) Brosnihan of
Olympia, WA and her great-grandchildren Avery Hendrickson and
Timothy Brosnihan. She is also survived by her sister Kathleen
Fitzsimonds, and many nieces and nephews, most notable Mary Jo
and Mark Heieren of Alexandria, MN. She was preceded in death by
her devoted husband John Howard, her parents Helene (Fraser) and
Milfred Howell, and her sister Joanne Petrich.
As per Freida’s wishes there will be no funeral services. A
private burial will be held at a later date.