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1932 Freda 2020

Freda Mae Toellner

April 9, 1932 — May 22, 2020

Freda M. Toellner, 88, of Columbia, formerly of Bunceton, passed away peacefully at Lenoir Woods Senior Living Community on Friday, May 22, 2020.

Freda Mae Schmidt was born in Tipton, on April 9, 1932, the daughter of William R. Schmidt and Veronica Remlinger Schmidt. She married Erving Toellner on May 16, 1953 at St Andrew’s Catholic Church in Tipton. Freda was an accomplished seamstress and sewed quality into everything she made. She used her talents to support the local school district, donating her efforts towards making scores of basketball uniforms, chorus blazers, band uniforms, and cheerleader uniforms. After raising a family and assisting her husband in the building of Toellner Oil Company, Freda, with the help of her husband, started The Fashion Shack, a retail fabric and sewing notions store, and custom sewing business in 1976. She operated that business until 1999. Mrs. Toellner was also a talented cook and avid canner of fruits and vegetables. She enjoyed the outdoors, especially spending time at the lake. She treasured her grandchildren and never wanted to miss their activities. Subsequent to retirement, she and her
husband enjoyed traveling. Freda had an infectious, outgoing personality that was evidenced by all the new friends and acquaintances she had made in recent years after her move to the Lenoir Community.

Freda is survived by her children, Ron (Judy) Toellner, of Sedalia, Cindy (Norbert) Brodersen, of Columbia, and Dennis (Ann) Toellner, of Columbia. She was also blessed with seven grandchildren, Bethany Toellner Findley (John), Kenneth Brodersen, Brad Toellner (Maggie), Justin Brodersen, Michelle Brodersen, Sam Toellner, and Lee Toellner, and four great grandchildren (Ty Findley, Chase Findley, Andrew Toellner, and Susanna Toellner). She is also survived by a brother, Carl Schmidt, of Wellsville, and a sister, Dorothy Poe, of Jefferson City, and over fifty nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her husband, parents, a brother, Louis Schmidt, and three sisters, Teresa Brown, Betty Lamm, and Alma Mischak.

Visitation for Mrs. Toellner will be at Meisenheimer Funeral Home in Tipton, on Tuesday evening, May 26th from 6 until 8 o’clock PM. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at St. Andrews Catholic Church in Tipton at 11 AM on Wednesday, May 27th, with burial to follow at St. Andrew’s Cemetery. Pall bearers will be her seven grandchildren.

In these uncertain times, social distancing practices will be adhered to, and the use of masks is highly recommended and will be required at the church. A limited number of masks will be available.

Memorial contributions are suggested to St. Andrew Catholic Cemetery.

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Tuesday, May 26, 2020
6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Meisenheimer Funeral Home - Tipton
545 Highway 50 E
Tipton, Missouri 65081

Mass of Christian Burial

Wednesday, May 27, 2020
11:00 AM

St. Andrews Catholic Church
106 W Cooper St
Tipton, MO 65081

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