Leta Mae Frese, 86, of 1430 Spruce St., died at 6:10 a.m. Friday (Feb. 28, 2014) in Blessing Hospital. She was born July 12, 1927, in Knox City, Mo., a daughter of Homer and Maude Elston Roush. She married Merle H. Frese on May 24, 1950, in St. Boniface Church. He survives. Leta Mae was a 1945 graduate of Quincy High School. She was employed by the Army Map Service from 1945-1947 where she drew maps of Europe freehand used by the U.S. Army. She also worked at the Quincy Herald Whig from 1947-1953, Artcraft from 1953-1956 and Riverside Coal and Oil Co. as secretary from 1956-1977, and then office manager from 1977 until her retirement in 1978. She, with her husband. Merle, enjoyed walking the streets of Quincy, logging over 8,000 miles over the years. She loved to feed the many dogs they encountered on their walks. The dogs always looked for her as she carried dog biscuits with her in her purse. Leta Mae loved to play video poker and made 70 trips to Las Vegas. She was so lucky that her family would rub her head for good luck. In addition to her husband, Merle, she is survived by a son, Thomas J. Frese and his wife, Diane, of Quincy; and two grandchildren, Nathan J. Frese and his wife, Brandy, of Quincy and Julie M. Buchheit and her husband, James, of Shiloh. Nieces and nephews also survive. She was preceded in death by her parents; a brother, Charles Roush; and a sister, Louise (Fred) Fultz. SERVICES: 11 a.m. Tuesday in St. Francis Solanus Catholic Church. Interment will be in Calvary Cemetery. VISITATION: 10 a.m. until time of services Tuesday in the church. MEMORIALS: Quincy Humane Society. ARRANGEMENTS: Duker and Haugh Funeral Home. WEBSITE: www.dukerandhaugh.com.
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Published in Quincy Herald-Whig from Mar. 2 to Mar. 4, 2014