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Evelyn Freeman

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Evelyn Rathe Freeman

Age 84, formerly of San Francisco, died February 15, 2014 at the Springfield Assisted Living in Petaluma, California.  Evelyn was born on November 23, 1929, in San Francisco, California, the daughter of Andrew and Chloris Hinsch, who have both preceded her in death.  Evelyn had one brother, Albert Hinsch of Sonoma, California who preceded her in death as well.


On October 21, 1966 she was married to Red Freeman.  He preceded her in death on April 9, 2008.


She was an Administrative Assistant for the American Can Company and subsequent subsidies for numerous years until her retirement.  


She is survived by her three sons, Randal "Randy" Rathe and wife Karen of Petaluma, California., David Rathe and wife Polly of Rescue, California., John Rathe and wife Debbie of Petaluma, California; a sister-in-law Lilly Rathe of Forestville, California along with special (extended son) Geoff Caldwell and wife Detra and children Tyler and Allie of San Carlos, California.  She had seven grandchildren along with a grandson Benjamin Rathe who preceded her in death on June 24, 2010.  She had 1 great-grandson, numerous nieces and nephews, cousins and many friends whose lives she touched and will always be remembered fondly.  Evelyn will always be remembered for her entertaining of friends in the garage bar and great capability to cook a meal "out of this world".  She loved reading and especially loved watching her classic television movies along with nostalgic episodes of old TV.


Special thanks to the Hospice of Petaluma for their love and support and special thanks to Nurturing Hands Caregivers, Mereani, Emma and Vini.  You were the light through this dark tunnel and thank you for your nurturing and tender hands as you cared for Evelyn.  She loved you all so much.


Funeral services will be private.  In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Hospice of Petaluma, 416 Payran St., Petaluma, CA 94952, in honor of Evelyn Rathe Freeman.  Condolences available at                   Adobecreekfuneralhome.com 707-789-9000.


Published in San Francisco Chronicle on Feb. 23, 2014
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