Freeda Gingg Kemnitzer (1917 - 2013)

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Freeda Gingg Kemnitzer passed away on Feb. 18. 2013.
Freeda was born on March 25, 1917, the second of six children to Swiss immigrants Nickalaus and Alivena Baumgartner. She was born and raised in Brookings, Ore., and graduated in 1934 from Brookings High School as her class valedictorian. She went on to Southern Oregon State College, majoring in elementary education.
After obtaining her teaching certificate, Freeda taught grades one through four in Kerby Oregon Elementary School. She always enjoyed telling the story of how she received an extra $5 a month to build a fire in the wood stove to heat the classroom so the students would arrive to a warm room. The following year, she taught at Butte Falls, Ore., where she met her future husband Jack. She taught there for two years before going to Everett, Wash., where she married Jack in March 1942.
Jack was drafted into the military in World War II and Freeda went to Riverside Elementary School in Klamath Falls to continue her passion for teaching. She made her home in Klamath Falls, where she distinguished herself as an outstanding teacher and member of the community. She always felt blessed she was given the opportunity to make a difference in the lives of young people.
After Jack passed away in 2006, Freeda remained at home until she was 90. She then moved to Gladstone, Ore., where she stayed with Bill and Ann. The remaining four years of her life were spent in Somerset Assisted Living in Gladstone.
Freeda cherished her family and enjoyed camping, fishing and, in retirement with Jack, traveling in their motor home.
Survivors include her sons Bill Kemnitzer (Ann) and Steve Kemnitzer (Ning); grandchildren Kurt Kemnitzer (Nicole), Marcia Donovan (Robert) and Eric Kemnitzer; great-granddaughters Elise, Angelina and Rachael Kemnitzer; great-grandson Jaxson Donovan; brother Fred Baumgartner (Rosie); and sisters Louise Looke and Marie Musser (John).
A celebration of life will be at 2 p.m. March 2 in the First Presbyterian Church with Pastor Steven Knowles officiating. Interment will be at Eternal Hills Memorial Gardens. Funeral arrangements will be arranged by Eternal Hills Funeral Home.
In lieu of flowers, a donation can be made to the Klamath Kids Center, 3801 Altamont Drive, Klamath Falls, OR 97603.
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Published in Herald And News on Feb. 20, 2013