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Marie Froehlich

Gertrude Marie Froehlich, 89, of the Prince of Peace Retirement Community in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, died Friday Feb. 17 from complications of influenza.

Marie Sampica was born December 19, 1927 at home to Herbert and Gertrude (Burnett) Sampica. Growing up she attended the Gedstad and the Cottage Grove elementary schools near Centerville,SD. She and her family eventually moved to Sioux Falls in 1941 where she attended and graduated from Cathedral High School in 1945. After High School, she worked at the Army Airfield in Sioux Falls as a clerk typist and then as a secretary for Barnett Insurance. Then on Jan. 23, 1947, she married Robert D. Froehlich in Sioux Falls. After their marriage, they moved to a farm north of Hartford where they raised a family of ten children. In addition to being a homemaker and a farm wife, she worked outside the home at J.C. Penny's Department store for 5 years. While there, she earned the All-Star employee award. Marie and Robert enjoyed 59 years of marriage before Robert passed away in 2006.

Marie enjoyed many hobbies such as sewing, scrapbooking, gardening and writing as well as volunteering for many committees at St. George's Catholic Church in Hartford. For her family, she encouraged a strong work ethic and moral steadfastness by her everyday example.

Marie is survived by her children as follows: Dale (Sue) Froehlich, Daughter-in-Law Norma Froehlich (Lorin), Don (Janice) Froehlich), Diana (Conrad) Melius, Francis (Karen) Froehlich, Cheryl (David) Squires, Bonnie (Don) Gelderman, Marian (Brad) Gering, and Betty Froehlich. Her Grandchildren: Addy (Joe)Demers, Edward Froehlich and fiancé Kathleen Flynn, Jon Rodman, Amy Rodman, Patrick Rodman, Kristin (Chad) Legner, Laura (Scott) Isaak, Matt (Carin) Froehlich, Rachelle Froehlich, Erin (Sachin) Choudhary , Megan (Jack) Langbehn, Lucas (Meredith) Froehlich, Wes Froehlich and friend Susan Schlangen, Beth (Jeff) Kershner, Adam Melius, Chad (Raquel) Bietz, Jenna (Brandon) Auch, Chris Squires and Justin Whicker, Phil (Kimberlee) Squires, Jeremy Gelderman and friend April Peterson, Kaye (Tyler) Hansen, Tony (Ashley) Gelderman, Daniel, September and Grace Gering. 29 Great Grandchildren. Marie is survived by her sister, Marcella: her special friend and helper, Cindy Murphy; and by many nephews and nieces, especially Kathy Charpentier and Deb Froehlich. She was preceded in death by her husband, two sons Lorin and Duane Froehlich, two brothers Don and Leroy Sampica and one sister Eunice Sampica.

Services and visitation will be held at the St. George Catholic Church in Hartford, SD. On Tuesday Feb 21, a public visitation will be held from 5:00-7:00pm with a prayer service, rosary and eulogy at 7:00pm, and on Wednesday Feb. 22 the Funeral Mass will begin at 10:30, Internment in the Hartford Catholic Cemetery, and a Noon Luncheon at the Parish Hall. The family would request that any memorials be directed to the St George's Building Fund or a .
Published in The Argus Leader on Feb. 20, 2017
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