Emily M. Freidinger, nee Olt, 92, of Glen Carbon, Ill., formerly of Pekin, Ill., passed away at 5:45 a.m. Wednesday, July 6, 2016, at her home.
Emily was born Oct. 21, 1923, in Cincinnati Township, Tazewell County, Ill., to Emil P. and Matilda B., nee Eitenmiller, Olt. She married Merlin P. Freidinger in St. Paul Evangelical Church, Pekin on June 6, 1943. They resided on a farm east of Pekin until 1966, when they moved to Pekin. They moved to Glen Carbon in 1989. Merlin preceded her in death on Dec. 16, 2001.
Emily was a graduate of Pekin Community High School, where she was a member of the National Honor Society. She attended Illinois Central College. She was employed at Caterpillar, Inc., in Peoria for more than 28 years, retiring in June 1988 as an administrative secretary. Following her retirement, she worked part time at Caterpillar and at Jefferson Smurfit Corporation in Alton, Ill.
Emily was a lifelong member of St. Paul United Church of Christ in Pekin, where she was very active in church activities including church council (six years), Sunday school (25 years), Board of Christian Education, and J.O.Y. Circle of the Women's Guild. After moving to Glen Carbon, she attended St. John Evangelical United Church of Christ in Collinsville, Ill.
Emily enjoyed spending time with her family, reading, music, travel, golf, spectator sports, and watching any activities involving her grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Merlin; her parents; and a brother, Walter Olt.
Surviving are her children, Dr. Roger M. (Carol) Freidinger of Lansdale, Pa., Dr. Joy L. (Keith) Honegger of Glen Carbon, Ill., and Edward A. (Sharon) Freidinger of Pekin, Ill.; seven grandchildren, Dr. Kathryn (Justin) Wellen of Rose Valley, Pa., Elizabeth (Eric) Mellers of Piedmont, Calif., Andrew (Lynsey) Honegger of Glenview, Ill., Adam (Lyndi) Honegger of Wilmington, Calif., Julie Honegger of Urbana, Ill., Ellen (Nathan) McCarthy of Medford, Ore., and Anna (Jeffrey) Palmer of Boston, Mass.; and seven great-grandchildren, Sydney Wellen, Chase and Blake Mellers, Ainsley and Beckham Honegger, Colin and Nolan McCarthy.
Memorial contributions may be made to St. Paul United Church of Christ, 101 N. Eighth St. Pekin, Ill. 61554 or St. John Evangelical United Church of Christ, 307 W. Clay St., Collinsville, Ill. 62234.
Emily's tribute page may be viewed or online condolences at www.hendersonfuneralcare.com.
Visitation: Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. Friday, July 15, 2016, at Henderson Funeral Home and Crematory, 2131 Velde Dr., Pekin, Ill., and from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. Saturday, July 16, 2016, at St. Paul United Church of Christ, Pekin, Ill.
Funeral: Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, July 16, 2016, at St. Paul United Church of Christ with Rev. Dr. Brian Byrne officiating. Burial will be in Lakeside Cemetery in Pekin, Ill.
HENDERSON FUNERAL HOME & CREMATORY, Pekin, Ill.
Published in Belleville News-Democrat on July 10, 2016