Golda Cozette Friedhofen
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Cozy, as she was known by all her family and friends, was born February 26, 1918 in Independence, Kansas to Oda and Myrtle Upshaw, the middle child of seven sisters and brothers. Times were hard then, as they traveled around the Midwest as migrant pickers toiling long hours for small wages. Many nights they slept on the ground with nothing for a bed. Often she went to school in freezing weather without a coat, and she and her sisters had one dress each which they would share so it would appear they had a larger wardrobe. Later her mother managed to scrape enough money together to open a series of small diners on College and Commercial Streets in Springfield, and Cozy helped out to make ends meet. It was at their diner on College Street that she met her future husband, Andy Friedhofen, and they were wed about 1937. During WWII they opened the Frisco Taproom on Commercial Street, and it was a very successful business. Many of their customers were Frisco Railroad employees. When the War ended, there was a parade on Commercial Street and the tavern was standing room only, with a nickel beer line that stretched out the door and down the sidewalk. My dad recalled that they took in $700.00 that day. Later she bought the Green Parrot Tavern on highway 13 north of Springfield. It was a very popular spot with the locals, travelers and many customers who drove from town. Sometimes it became a bit of a roadhouse, but Cozy maintained order in her own special way. She was definitely a colorful character but she also befriended many people while owner of the two taverns. She retired and sold the bar in 1984, and was heartbroken when it burned to the ground in 1987. In 1991 she moved to Springfield to care for her dying sister, Lucille, and remained there until her own health deteriorated a few years ago when she moved to Mercy Villa. A few days ago she became ill with pneumonia and passed away February 18, 2013 at Mercy Hospital. The family wants to extend special thanks to the staffs at Mercy Villa and unit 4C at Mercy Hospital for the extraordinary personal care they gave our mother. Cozy was preceded in death by her parents; husband; sisters, Lillian, Lucille, Vella and Marcella and her brothers, Ernest and "Moose". She is survived by her brother, Oda Upshaw; daughters, Sandra and Jack Stinson, Joan and Jack Inman; son, Andrew and Lou Friedhofen; grandchildren, Randy and Rod Inman, Jack Stinson and Jill Cox, Andy and Darrah Friedhofen; and a host of great-grandchildren and one great-great-granddaughter.
A visitation and service will be held February 26, from 1-2 p.m respectfully at the Klingner-Cope Family Funeral Home at White Chapel, 5234 W State Hwy EE (Division), Springfield, MO. This would have been her 95th birthday, she would have wanted it to be a celebration of her life and will frown on any solemn behavior. We invite anyone who wishes to stand and tell a story about Cozy to do so. Flowers are welcome, or you may donate to the cause of your choice in her name.
Online condolences may be made to www.klingnerfuneralhome.com.
Published in the News-Leader from Feb. 24 to Feb. 26, 2013