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Obituary: Frieda Emma Chanley, Greenwood

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Frieda Emma Chanley, 85, of Greenwood, died Friday, June 28, 2013.

She was born in Dubois, Ind., on April 6, 1928, and later lived in Jasper. She was a resident of Greenwood since 1958.

She married Joseph Samuel Chanley Jr. of Birdseye in 1953. He died this year.

She also was preceded in death by her parents, Edward and Ehrie Rasche; three brothers, Joseph (Hazel), Silas and Edward Rasche; and four sisters, Alma (Leon) Blessinger, Marie (Florian) Sermersheim, Lucille Rasche and Catherine (Clyde) Lagenour.

She is survived by a sister, Bertha (Orville) Seger of Jasper; five daughters, Mary (Mike) Hayward of Atlanta, Rita (Larry) Hoffmann of Austin, Texas, Sara (the late Michael) Gormley of Carmel, Katy (Don) Stephens of San Antonio and Angela Chanley of Speedway; two sons, Joseph (Cindy) Chanley of Danville, Ill., and Andrew (Lara) Chanley of Los Angeles; nine grandchildren; and one great-grandson.

Frieda volunteered for many years at Our Lady of the Greenwood School and at church fish fries and funeral luncheons.

Her hobbies included quilting, sewing and reading; and she was an avid fan of the Colts and Pacers. She liked to travel, always enjoying the ride as much as the destination.

Her positive attitude and strong faith were unmatched. Typical of her kindness and wisdom was the advice she offered when her children encountered childhood disputes: “Don’t say you can’t stand someone. Say you can’t UNDERstand them. That gives YOU something to work on, instead of expecting others to change.”

A funeral Mass will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Saturday at Our Lady of the Greenwood Catholic Church, 335 N. Meridian St., Greenwood. Calling will be from 5 to 8 p.m. Friday at Forest Lawn Funeral Home, 1977 S. State Road 135, Greenwood, and from 9 a.m. until service time Saturday at the church. Entombment will be at Forest Lawn Memory Gardens in Greenwood.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Our Lady of the Greenwood Church, 335 S. Meridian St., Greenwood, IN 46143.

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