Margaret E. Frieden, 96, North Manchester, formerly of Silver Lake, passed away Feb. 1, 2020, at Peabody Healthcare Center, North Manchester. Margaret was born on Sept. 30, 1923, in Huntington County, Indiana to Ray and Francis (McCool) Shenefield.
At the age of twenty-three, Margaret married James Frieden on Dec. 15, 1946. The two were wed for seventy-one years before James passed away on March 1, 2018. During their time together, Margaret worked to keep the house and children in order while James worked for EMS. On Sundays Margaret and James attended Zion Evangelical Lutheran Church in North Manchester, where they were members. Margaret loved being around people and enjoyed telling jokes. She kept a joke book that had a broad range of jokes in it. She also volunteered her time with the GOP for many years and was a member of Pythian Sisters and Ora June Circle at church. To relax, she relished in her time crocheting. One day, Margaret’s daughter let her drive her Corvette through Silver Lake. Margaret was looking at the RPMs and didn’t realize the car had reached 90 mph going through Silver Lake, a story that Margaret and others laughed about for years.
The loving memory of Margaret E. Frieden will be forever cherished by her two sons, John Frieden, North Manchester and Von Frieden, Claypool; two daughters, Nancy Shenefield, North Manchester and Joyce O’Brien, Silver Lake; four grandchildren, Mitchell (Bonnie) Shenefield, Anna (Tom) Ganz, both of North Manchester, Marjae (Jimmy) Cashdollar, Fort Wayne, and James O’Brien Columbus, Indiana; eight great-grandchildren and one great-great grandchild. Margaret felt much heartache over her life, as she was preceded in death by her parents, husband, one son Jeffery James Frieden, one daughter Barbara Jo Frieden, two grandchildren, Doris Frieden and Cameron O’Brien, two sons-in-law, Mark Shenefield and Michael O’Brien, five brothers and two sisters.
Family and friends may call from 1:30-2:30 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 8, at McKee Mortuary, 1401 State Road 114 West, North Manchester. Funeral services will begin at the conclusion of calling. Pastor J.P. Freeman will officiate. Burial will be in Oaklawn Cemetery, 600 Beckley Street, North Manchester.
For those who wish to honor the memory of Margaret E. Frieden, memorial contributions may be made to either Riley’s Children’s Foundation, 30 South Meridian Street, Indianapolis 46202 or Alzheimer’s Association, 50 East 91st Street, Suite 100, Indianapolis, Indiana 46240.