Denise E. Frebertshauser (1969 - 2014)

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Denise Elaine Frebertshauser, 45, of Harwood, died Wednesday, April 16, 2014, at the University of Maryland Medical Center.

Born March 11, 1969, in Westminster, she was the daughter of Donald E. Frebertshauser and Rose M. Hahn Frebertshauser, of Westminster.

She was a 1987 graduate of Westminster High School, who graduated from the University of Maryland, College of Agriculture and Natural Resources with bachelor's and master's degrees in food science. She began a five-year career of growing kids into competent, caring and nurturing adults in the Baltimore County 4-H program with Adventures in Science and Camping. From 1997 to 2005, she served as an extension educator in the Carroll County 4-H program, expanding her natural resource and teen leadership focus. Her mantra, "Get a child outside," was frequently heard. She believed a supportive natural environment where adults and youth could interact developed a child's head, heart, hand and health. 

She was committed to developing the Maryland Patuxent River 4-H Center into a thriving and safe place for urban youth to learn how to become environmental stewards while having fun with hands-on educational experiences. Her creative teaching approach was key for developing senior youth mentor partnerships with younger campers. Her respect and interest for the American Indian traditions were often taught. She loved collecting antiques and historical memorabilia.

She was the extension specialist in Environmental Science and Outdoor Education at the University of Maryland Extension 4-H Youth and Development Center. She continued to grow kids and adults through science and camping. She was a published faculty member with numerous awards for her creativity, teaching and program outreach. She was honored to receive the President's Award by the Chesapeake Section of the National American Camping Association for her outstanding service. She was most noted for making a difference in the lives of youth and adults. Her "never quit" attitude and "live in the moment" enthusiasm sparked much love and devotion for many youth and adults across Maryland.

Surviving, in addition to her parents, are brother Drew Frebertshauser, of Spring Grove, Pa., and friend Holly Givler, of Hanover, Pa.; a niece, Dakota Frebertshauser; and aunts and uncles David and Jill Frebertshauser, Alice and Jim Eckard, and Paul Jr. and Anna Hahn, of Westminster. She was an "Auntie" to Jacob and Drew Bjerknes and Berlin Dunn.

She was predeceased by a friend, Bonnie Dunn, who died in 2010.

The family will receive friends from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at Myers-Durboraw Funeral Home, 91 Willis St., Westminster, and from 10 a.m. until the time of service, 11 a.m. Wednesday at St. John's (Leisters) Lutheran Church, 827 Leisters Church Road, Westminster, with the Rev. Kristin Dubsky officiating. Burial will follow in Leisters Church Cemetery. 

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be sent to the Maryland 4-H Foundation, Denise Memorial Camping Fund, 8020 Greenmead Drive, College Park, MD 20740; or the Patuxent River 4-H Center Foundation, Denise Memorial, PO Box 342, Davidsonville, MD 21035.

Online condolences may be offered at www.myersdurborawfh.com.

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Myers-Durboraw Funeral Home - Westminster
91 Willis Street
Westminister, MD 21157
410-848-3933
Published in Carroll County Times on Apr. 20, 2014
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