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Frieda Berryhill, a Delaware anti-nuclear and peace activist, passed peacefully at home Wednesday, June 20, 2012.
Born in 1922 in Waidhoven a.d. Ybbs, Austria, she fled war torn Europe as a young woman, marrying William Berryhill, an American officer, and making a home in Charlotte, North Carolina eventually moving to Wilmington, Delaware. She was naturalized as an American citizen in 1949, embracing the roots and successes of our political system.
She fought tirelessly against nuclear power for the last decades of her life based on the premise that spent fuel can be deadly to untold future generations. She chaired the Coalition for Nuclear Power Plant Postponement for 20 years and testified before local, state, and federal officials armed with wit and impeccable details. She was instrumental in stopping the construction of a nuclear power plant in Delaware and was testifying as late as July 2010.
Her experience of war and Nazi nationalism led her to protest the Patriot Act. She marched in Washington D. C. and could be seen protesting in local vigils against the recent wars.
She is survived by her children: William Wallace Jr., wife Denise of Alpharetta, GA; Linda Marie Vrooman, husband Pat of Elkton, MD; Sue Trotman, husband Geoff of Wilmington, DE; and John B., wife MJ, and her grandsons Alex and Mack Berryhill, William Trotman and stepgrandchildren Rick Trotman of Stamford CT, and Heather Trotman of Wilmington; among many nieces, nephews and great-grandchildren. She is also survived by her sister Ellie Carrick of Christchurch, England.
Visitation will be held on Friday, July 6 from 6 to 8 pm at the Doherty Funeral Home, 3200 Limestone Road, Wilmington, DE where a memorial service will be held Saturday, July 7 at 11 am.
In lieu of flowers, please make donations to Delaware Pacem In Terris, 1304 N. Rodney Street, Wilmington, DE 19806.
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Published in The News Journal from July 1 to July 2, 2012