TREVA D. (BURTON) FRADENBURG, 96, formerly of Fort Wayne, passed away peacefully Monday, Sept. 30, 2013 in the home of her daughter, Jean McPhee. She was born July 25, 1917 in Fort Wayne. Treva lived by her favorite motto: "A merry heart doeth good like a medicine." She was the youngest graduate of Central High School in Fort Wayne at age 15. At 17, she graduated from Ball State Teachers' College, taught for seven years, and received her life-time teaching certificate from the state of Indiana. Treva and Glenn married in Starkville, Miss. on April 4, 1942. She supported him in his military career where they were proud to service. After retirement, they began a second career at Auburn University where Col. Fradenburg served as a professor in the engineering department. Their final retirement was to Gulf Breeze, Fla. Her life's goal as a good mother was to leave a heritage of love to her entire family. Surviving are her seven children, Jean McPhee of Pensacola, Fla., Pat (Ken) Hultman of Ocean Springs, Miss., Ron (Laarni) Fradenburg of Gulf Breeze, Fla., Marti (Morris A.) Esmiol of Farmington, N.M., Connie (Jack) Ladd Sr. of Midland, Texas, Sharon (Filmore) McPherson of Stafford, Va., and Glen A. Fradenburg of Midland, Texas; of the nine children of Carrie Florence (DeTurk) Burton and Levi Burton, Treva is survived by her one remaining sister, Donna (Bob) Jesse of Fort Wayne; she is the matriarch for a growing family of 27 grandchildren; and 29 plus great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband and love, Dr. Leo Glenn Fradenburg, former military officer and pilot for the USAF; and by two granddaughters. "We wish to express gratitude and love to family and friends, near and far, for the tender care and concern each has shown to Treva, and for the kind expressions of sympathy to the family at her passing." She will be laid to rest at Fort Barrancas National Cemetery at the Naval Air Station in Pensacola, Fla. Oak Lawn Funeral Home & Crematory has been entrusted with arrangements.

Published in Fort Wayne Newspapers from Oct. 6 to Oct. 13, 2013