Eileen M. Freeby, 82, Fort Wayne, a former longtime resident of Decatur, passed away at 1:25 a.m. Friday, Feb. 28, 2014, in the Woodview Healthcare Center in Fort Wayne, where she had been a resident for the past year.
Eileen was born Thursday, July 23, 1931, in Preble, the daughter of the late Arthur H. and Adele I. (Graft) Bieberich. She married Daniel Robert Freeby June 7, 1953, in the Zion Lutheran Church-Decatur; he passed away Dec. 23, 1992.
Eileen was a member of the Zion Lutheran Church-Decatur, with more than 60 years as an organist, and spent many years as an accompanist for the choir. She was also the accompanist for the Lutheran Chorale for many years.
Eileen had retired from the accounts payable department at Thunderbird Products in Decatur after 35 years of service.
Surviving are five (ONLY FOUR LISTED) daughters, Susan (Bruce) Bernhardt of Coatesville, Laurie (Joe) Kunst of Willow Springs, Ill., Emily (Rick) Miller of Fort Wayne and Jennifer (Mark) Bradtmueller of Fort Wayne; a daughter-in-law, Teri Freeby of Fort Wayne; a brother, Loren (Barbara) Bieberich of Noblesville; and 10 grandchildren: Tarrah (Seth) Martin; Evan Bernhardt; Jessica (Matt) Lakics; Adam and Ryan Freeby; Brinn and Lucas Miller; Daniel, Jacob and Nathan Bradtmueller.
Preceding Eileen in death was a son, Kent R. Freeby, on Dec. 26, 2012; and two brothers, Richard Bieberich and Donald Bieberich.
Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday at Zion Lutheran Church, with Rev. Phil Phifer and Rev. Robert Becker officiating. Interment will follow in the Decatur Cemetery.
Friends will be received from 2-5 and 6-8 p.m. Wednesday at Zwick and Jahn Funeral Home, Decatur, and one hour prior to the service at the church Thursday.
Preferred memorials are to Zion Lutheran Church Choir and Music Fund.