Orilla Marie Fredrick-Brendel, nee Helfrich, 94, of Smithton, Ill., born July 21, 1921, in Prospect Hill, Mo., died Tuesday, May 3, 2016, at her residence, surrounded by her loving family who were her loyal caregivers.
Orilla loved music, dancing and quilting. She never met a stranger and truly enjoyed visiting with her family and many friends she made over the years.
She was preceded in death by her first husband, Raymond J. Fredrick, who died in December, 1986; her second husband, Vincent Brendel, who died in October, 2006; a son, Martin M. Fredrick; two grandsons, Michael Fredrick and Charles Fredrick; her parents, Marion E. and Hazel, nee Crawford, Helfrich; and a son-in-law, Harvey Espenschied.
Surviving are two sons, William J. Fredrick of Baldwin, Ill., and Dennis (Jo) J. Fredrick of Smithton, Ill.; two daughters, Betty Rae Espenschied of Freeburg, Ill., and Sandra M. Aye of Millstadt, Ill.; 13 grandchildren; 32 great-grandchildren; five great-great-grandchildren, and a great-great-great-grandchild.
The family wishes to thank the orange group of Hospice of Southern Illinois for the kindness shown to Orilla.
Memorials may be made to Hospice of Southern Illinois or to St. John the Baptist Catholic Church, Smithton, Ill. Condolences may be expressed to the family online at www.rennerfh.com.
Funeral: Private family services were held with burial at Lake View Memorial Gardens, Fairview Heights, Ill.
GEORGE RENNER & SONS FUNERAL HOME, Smithton, Ill.
Published in Belleville News-Democrat on May 8, 2016