BALLWIN, Mo. — Phyllis Wudel Freitag, 78, of Ballwin, Mo., asleep in Jesus, Friday, July 5, 2019, at home following an eight-year battle with dementia and a brief struggle with cancer.
Visitation will be held at Schrader Funeral Home and Crematory, 14960 Manchester Rd. at Holloway, Ballwin, Mo., today from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. A Celebration of Life Service will be held at Pathfinder Church (St. John Lutheran) 15800 Manchester Rd., Ellisville, Mo., Wednesday with visitation from 10 to 10:45 a.m. and service at 11 a.m., followed by interment at Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery. A memorial service will also be held at Chapel of the Cross at Meramec Bluffs, 50 Meramec Trail Drive, Ballwin, Mo. at a later date. Check www.schrader.com for date/time.
Phyllis was born August 13, 1940, in Aberdeen. She was the daughter of proud parents, Arthur F. Wudel and Meta C. Walz, of Roscoe and subsequently Huron. Phyllis attended Huron College from 1958 to 1962, graduating with honors and a Bachelor of Arts Degree with an English-Speech dual major. Following marriage in 1962, she and her husband, Army Lieutenant General Merle Freitag (Ret.), served the nation and the Army for 32 years. Their marriage blossomed a wonderful 57 years.
As an army spouse, Phyllis served soldiers and their families through the Army’s Family Readiness Group program. Her dedicated support was recognized with the presentation of the Army Civilian Distinguished Service Medal on the occasion of her husband’s retirement in 1994. She also served many LCMS church congregations across the Nation by volunteering as a choir director, vocalist, event planner, VBS Director, and volunteer coordinator. She delighted in being a fellowship event planner and a vocalist for services and special events. Because of her love for singing, she was a member of the choir at every church where she became a member. She also loved gardening and doing, as well as teaching, crafts. She was noted for her ever-present, winsome smile, her gregarious personality, and her love for people.
Phyllis is survived by her husband, Retired Army Lieutenant General, Merle Freitag currently of Ballwin; two children, Mark A. Freitag (Patty) of Janesville, Wisc., and Elizabeth A. Freitag Davis (Kevin) of Ballwin, Mo.; three granddaughters; and one great-granddaughter.
Friends may sign the family’s on-line guest book at www.schrader.com.