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Evelyn Freiman

Evelyn (Haddad) Freiman, loving mother of nine, beloved grandmother and great-grandmother, dear aunt and sister, left this earth at the age of 89 years peacefully in her sleep, surrounded by love and family on August 5, 2019 at Silver Maples Senior Living Center in Chelsea, Michigan. She was the widow of Joseph Robert Freiman, to whom she was married for 49 years until his death in 2001. She joins her husband, her parents, her sister, Catherine, and her brother, Joseph, who preceded her in death.

Born in Detroit on August 4, 1930, Evelyn was the eldest daughter of Fred J. and Nellie (Hunkus) Haddad.  She was a 1948 graduate of St. Benedict High School in Highland Park, and, after serving an internship in Brooklyn NY, earned a Registered Nurse diploma in 1951 from Mt. Carmel Mercy Hospital in Detroit.  Her training made it possible for her to help in the care of her parents and her husband during their terminal illnesses. She was a pediatric nurse at Mt. Carmel intermittently over the course of 20 years, while she raised her growing family, and following that in the early 1970s, at St. Mary Mercy Hospital in Livonia. She briefly cared for elderly patients at a nursing home in Plymouth before returning to pediatric nursing at the Hawthorne Center for Children in Northville until she retired in 1987. She volunteered in taking manual blood pressure readings at St. William parish in Walled Lake and actively maintained her license to practice until 2014.  She was a proud participant in the Harvard Nurses Health Study, a longitudinal survey to identify risk factors for major chronic diseases in women.

She spent her childhood summers at her cousin’s farm near Youngstown, Ohio, and many summers with her husband and children on camping trips in Michigan.  Her vacation travels took her from the Grand Hotel on Mackinac Island to the White House in Washington D.C. and across the Atlantic to the Blarney Castle in Cork, Ireland; from Cooperstown to BeanTown, and Small Point to Big Sur; she camped at Tahquamenon Falls and the Great Smoky Mountains; she admired the wind sculpted dragon trees at Scripps Park in La Jolla and the dusty vineyards of Paso Robles; she toured the Houston Space Center and the Alamo; and hiked at the Crater of the Sun in Maui and the sacred vortexes in Sedona. She made homes in Michigan in Oak Park, in Detroit’s Rosedale Park, in Plymouth, in West Bloomfield, on Doc & Tom Lake in the city of Lake near Clare, in Walled Lake, and finally in Chelsea.

She lived her life filled with laughter and dignity. She loved babies and animals. She was a passionate learner and had a constant intellectual curiosity.  She was a deft Scrabble player. She was independent and amazingly resourceful—never underestimating the utility of a sturdy cardboard box or a humble safety pin.  She was a note-taker and a list-maker. She dressed meticulously. In her eighties, when she came to resemble Queen Elizabeth II in appearance, she would bring out a bedazzled tiara to wear on her birthday. She was a consummate hostess and took great pleasure in bringing people together. She read music and could play the piano, aspired to play the accordion, and also, on occasion, played the derbake Lebanese drum.  She enjoyed cooking and baking; and leaves a legacy of culinary tradition. Her vast collection of recipes included favorites that she recalibrated in the margins, doubled and tripled, to serve large numbers. She savored chocolate with a twinkle in her eye. She was a skilled seamstress and quilter and created several original works of stained-glass art. She was an avid reader on topics of nutrition and spirituality and was in the Ann Arbor audience when the Dali Lama spoke at Crisler Arena and when Deepak Chopra lectured at the Power Center.  She took charge of her home and large family with unbounded energy and the precision of a drill sergeant. She taught her children the virtues of order, education, and family unity, and modeled her life with strength, optimism and faith. She will be profoundly missed.

She leaves her nine children: Joseph F. (Frances) Freiman of Traverse City, Mary Lou Freiman of Ann Arbor, Thomas K. (Diane) Freiman of Plymouth, Therese M. (Stanley) Peyton of Chelsea, Kathleen A. (John) Hartel of Grand Rapids, Judith E. (Marc) Front of Oak Park, Gerard M. (Claudia) Freiman of Saginaw, Patricia L. (Allan) Blascak of Lake Orion, and David J. (Catherine) Freiman of Ann Arbor; 16 grandchildren: Jonathan L. (Beth) Freiman of Ann Arbor, Matthew L. (Jessica) Freiman of Stafford NH, Shaun K. Freiman of Washington D.C., Colin W. Hartel of Long Beach CA, Phillip J. (Brittney) Front of Pinole CA, Kaitlyn K. Hartel of Denver CO, Catullus D. Freiman of Saginaw, Adam C. Blascak of Hamtramck, Michele N. (Ryan) Pozzo of Waterford, Adonis T. Freiman of Saginaw, Alexander E. Hartel of Grand Rapids, Stefanie M. Peyton of Ypsilanti, Daniel C. Blascak of E. Lansing, Rebecca N. Blascak of Boston MA, Lance A. Freiman, and Meryl E. Freiman of Ann Arbor; and one great-grandchild: Elijah L. Freiman of Ann Arbor.

She is survived by her brothers, Gerard A. Haddad of Dearborn, and Henry J. (Nicole) Haddad of Hilliard OH; her sisters-in-law, Patricia A., R.S.M., and Agnes T. Freiman of Pittsburgh PA; nieces and nephews: Hope J. Haddad of Hilliard OH, Christina M. (Robert) Burnham of Sterling Heights, Lynda C. (Gerald) Paczkowski of Rochester Hills, Martin T. (Lynn) Freiman of Warren, Joseph T. Baker of Chelsea, and Francis X. (Pamela) Baker of Berkley; and six grand-nieces and grand-nephew: Rachael L. Burnham, Stephanie D. Burnham, Samantha M. Burnham, of Sterling Heights; Megen T. Paczkowski of E. Lansing, Jodie L. Paczkowski, of Rochester Hills, Adam T. Freiman and Katie R. Freiman of Warren.

Her funeral Mass will be celebrated on Tuesday, August 13, 2019 at Noon at St. Mary of Chelsea Catholic Church, 14200 E. Old U.S. Hwy 12, Chelsea, MI 48118, followed by cremation and interment at Fort Custer National Cemetery in Augusta, MI, where her remains will rest in peace alongside her husband’s.  The family will receive friends and relatives on Monday, August 12, 2019 from 2:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. with a rosary at 7:30 p.m. at the Staffan-Mitchell Funeral Home, 901 North Main, Chelsea, MI 48118, and from 11:00 a.m. prior to the service at St. Mary of Chelsea Church on August 13, 2019. A memorial luncheon will be held in the Maples Room at Silver Maples, 100 Silver Maples Drive, Chelsea, MI 48118, immediately following church services. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in honor of Evelyn Freiman to the Nurses Health Study; the St. Louis Center in Chelsea, Michigan; the Society of the Little Flower; or the National Parkinson’s Foundation.


0 #3 charles roebuck 2019-08-12 15:40
She was always very nice to me.

Charlie Roebuck
0 #2 Lisa & Paul DeLuca 2019-08-07 02:22
Mrs. Freiman, you were loved by many and will be deeply missed. I will always remember you for your kindness.
0 #1 Kathleen M Singer 2019-08-07 01:18
What a lovely tribute to a remarkable woman. My heart goes out to Freiman family.

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