Lila “Midge” J. Freese, 84, of Mason City, died Saturday, September 29, 2018, at Mercy Medical Center - North Iowa in Mason City, Iowa.
Funeral services will be held 10:30 A.M., Thursday, October 4th at Wesley United Methodist Church in Mason City with Rev. Steve Hansen officiating.
Burial will be at Park Cemetery in Nora Springs, Iowa.
Visitation will be held from 5 to 7 P.M., Wednesday October 3, 2018, at Wesley United Methodist Church, 1405 S. Pennsylvania Ave., in Mason City and will resume one hour prior to services at the church.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to the Hawkeye Harvest Food Bank, 122 S Adams Ave, Mason City, IA 50401 or Wesley United Methodist Church, 1405 S. Pennsylvania Ave., Mason City, IA 50401.
Lila “Midge” Jane Austin the daughter of Fred and Rose (Hamilton) Austin, was born October 28, 1933 in Brainerd, Minnesota. She moved with her parents to Nora Springs, Iowa where she attended and graduated from high school in 1951. Lila was employed at Henry’s Drive Inn, Gold Bond Trading Stamps, J.C. Penney’s, Kresge’s Store and Kmart until her retirement. In September of 1953, she was married to Donald Freese at the Little Brown Church in Nashua, Iowa. Two children were born to this union, Kevin and Debra. Lila volunteered at Mercy Medical Center for 32 years. She enjoyed her family very much.
She was a longtime member of Wesley United Methodist Church in Mason City, Iowa.
Lila is survived by her husband of 65 years, Donald, of Mason City; son, Kevin (Pam) Freese of Kingsville, MO; daughter, Debra (Richard) Peshak of Plymouth, Iowa; five grandchildren, Betsy (Geoff) Aker, Jeff (Holly) Freese, Scott (Brenda) Peshak, Joe (Brandie) Freese, Robert (Leah) Peshak; three step-grandchildren, Christine, Julie and Kris; 12 great grandchildren; 12 step-great-grandchildren; two sisters, Isabel Peterson of Leesburg, FL and Marilyn “Cookie” Schiff of Mason City; sister-in-law, Margaret Shanks of Mason City; and many nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents; two brothers in infancy; brothers, Jim and Glen Austin; sister, Virginia Gerdes; and several brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law.
Wednesday, October 3, 2018
5:00 - 7:00pm (Central time)
Thursday, October 4, 2018
Starts at 10:30am (Central time)