Our dear mother Alice T. (Hersch) Freas, 90, passed away peacefully March 19 at home, surrounded by her family. She was the daughter of Herman and Mary (Cameron) Hersch. She was preceded in death by her siblings: Kenneth, Dean, Dale, Genevieve, Clifford, Charles, Janet, and Dorothy. Her remaining siblings: Arlene, Douglas, Hazel, and Lester.
Her 10 children: JoAnn (Ken) Dermer, Joyce Freas, Alice (Bill) Shroyer, Cheryl (George) Hodoba, Janet Freas, Wayne Freas, David, Freas, Roseanna (Doug) Gnagey, and Bonnie Freas, who passed away August 22, 1966, and infant son who passed at birth. Also her 2 stepdaughters, Charlotte and Esther; 12 grandchildren: Amie (Mark), Ruthann (Brett), Kristin (Tony), Angela (Todd), Christopher, Mandy, Jessie (Steve), Chauncey, Andrew (Caitlin), Cameron (Kristin), Aaron and Sarah (Andrew); 12 great grandchildren: Dale, Lucius, Calleigh, Jake, Alissa, Brock, Braxton, Brodie, Bryson, Landon, Diana, and Evelyn, all of whom she delighted in.
Also survived by numerous nieces and nephews and great nieces and great nephews. She was an inspiration to all who knew her, many called her grandma even though they were not related. A special thank you to her caregivers, Sarah and Carol and to Heartland Hospice.
She began working at age 14 at the Meyersdale Shirt Factory until she married at 23. She then returned to the factory after she had her children where she continued until age 75 and only retired because the factory closed. Alice was an exceptionally gifted seamstress, who made many clothes for her sisters and children. She could make anything from quilts to upholstery to crafts of all kinds. She loved the outdoors and enjoyed gardening and preserving. She loved bluegrass music, and played the accordion and Hawaiian guitar. Most of all, she had a great love for the Lord and instilled great faith in her children. Prov. 31:28 “Her children rise up and call her blessed…”
Due to the limited number of people allowed, as mandated, services are for the immediate family, and will be scheduled to keep the group to 10 or less. We will webcast the funeral service on our Facebook page. As always, we provide an online guest book for those wishing to send condolences to the family at www.WilliamRowePrice.com.
Arrangements by Price Funeral Service, Inc., Meyersdale, Pennsylvania.
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