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Jody R. (Zimmer) Freese

August 15, 1953 ~ January 16, 2023 (age 69) 69 Years Old
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Obituary

Jody R. Freese, 69, of Raymond, died Monday, January 16th at CentraCare Rice Memorial Hospital in Willmar.  Her funeral will be at 10:30 am, Saturday, January 21st at Living Hope in Willmar with visitation one hour prior to the service.  Interment will be in Fairview Cemetery in Raymond.  Funeral arrangements are with Harvey Anderson Funeral Home in Willmar. 

Jody was born August 15, 1953, in Willmar, MN, in the hospital where her husband to be, Steven Freese, was actually born three days earlier, the daughter of Harry and Marilynne (Refsland) Zimmer.  She grew up in Edwards Township, Kandiyohi County, Minnesota having been baptized and confirmed at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Raymond and graduated from Raymond High School in 1971, having been the Salutatorian of her class as well as Homecoming Queen.

On September 1, 1972, she was united in marriage to Steven Freese at St. John’s Lutheran Church and ever since they lived and farmed in Edwards Township.

More than anything, Jody’s family was the most important part of her life.  Whether she was baking, cooking, making memories with her family at the lake or attending her children’s and grandchildren’s events, she was always there. She was an avid seamstress, sewing clothes and making quilts for all of her family.

Surviving are her husband of 50 years, Steven; children, Ivy (Scott) Ruiter of Clara City, Holly (Mark) Grussing of Benson, Forrest (Jessie) Freese of Clara City and Heather (Chris) Thissen of Clara City; 12 grandchildren, Dalton (Dana), Olivia and Parker Ruiter, Gracie, Samuel and Emmie Grussing, Sawyer, Harrison and Hadley Freese and Nolan, Asher and Landry Thissen. Also surviving are her siblings, Lorie Lueken of Willmar, Julie (Kevin) Ortenblad of New London, Jane Zimmer of Conroe, TX, and Randy (Ann) Zimmer of Raymond, as well as her sisters-in-law, Bonnie Surerus of Raymond and Barbara Adamsons of Indian Rocks Beach, FL.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her in-laws, Merlin and Janette Freese and brother-in-law, Milton Surerus.

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Funeral Service


Services

Visitation
Saturday
January 21, 2023

9:30 AM to 10:30 AM
Living Hope-Evangelical Free Church
1305 19th Ave SW
Willmar, MN 56201

Funeral Service
Saturday
January 21, 2023

10:30 AM
Living Hope-Evangelical Free Church
1305 19th Ave SW
Willmar, MN 56201

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Interment
Saturday
January 21, 2023

1:30 PM
Fairview Cemetery - Raymond
Hwy 23/East edge of Raymond
Raymond, MN 56282

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