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Joseph Dean Freyenberger was born June 22, 1930 at Wayland, Iowa, the son of Christian J. and Leah Mast Freyenberger. He graduated in 1948 from Wayland High School in Wayland, IA. Following high school he attended Goshen College, Goshen IN where he met Janice Carolyn Roth. They were united in marriage at Central Mennonite Church in Archbold, OH on October 28, 1951. After serving in 1-W they returned to Wayland to farm. He graduated from the University of Iowa in 1965 and worked for Farm Credit Services for 20 years before returning to farming. Joe was a faithful and active member of Sugar Creek Mennonite Church and Crusaders Sunday school class where he enjoyed teaching Sunday school, serving on the church council and was an Elder for many years. He often volunteered with MDS and at the Crowded Closet. He was a member of the Gideon’s International. He also served on the Parkview Home and Wayland State Bank Boards. Joe and Janice enjoyed traveling, and volunteered their time with Water for Life in Haiti and with VOCA in Bolivia, Czechoslovakia, Kyrgystan, and Armenia.
Joe enjoyed spending time with his family especially his grandchildren at the family pond.
Survivors include four daughters, Barbara Freyenberger of Iowa City, Michelle (Douglas) Frederick of Kalona, Carmen Martinez of Berwyn, Il, Maria (Michael) Roth of Wayland, 8 grandchildren, Anthony, David and Kellie Frederick, Adriana and Joseph Martinez, Abigail, Christian and Jackson Roth, two great-grand children Isabelle and Liam Frederick, sister-in-law, Clela Helm of Trenton, NJ and brother-in-law, Herbert (Charlotte) Roth of Newville, PA.
Preceding Joseph was his wife Janice in August 2010, an infant daughter, his parents and his adopted brother Arthur Freyenberger.
A memorial fund has been established for Parkview Home or Gideon’s International.
Sorry to hear of Joe's passing. It brought back many happy memories I have when we lived on neighboring farms east of Wayland. We loved to go up to Uncle Chris and Aunt Leah's. They were like grandpa and grandma to me. My brothers and Joe started a club. They let me attend their meetings sometimes even though I was a girl. I have many more memories of our good times together.
Marilyn Roth Oct 19 2011 12:00 AM