Edna L. Freking, 75, Davenport
Obituaries · March 28, 2014

Edna L. Freking, 75, of Davenport died Monday, March 24, 2014, at her home.

Funeral services and a Mass of Christian Burial will be 10:30 a.m. Thursday, March 27, 2014, at St. Paul the Apostle Catholic Church, 916 E. Rusholme Street, Davenport.

Burial will be 2:30 p.m. Thursday in St. Bridget’s Cemetery, Nolan Settlement, Solon, Iowa. There will be a visitation Wednesday at the Halligan McCabe DeVries Funeral Home, 614 Main Street, downtown Davenport. There will be a prayer service at 4 p.m. Wednesday to begin the visitation and the family will greet friends until 7 p.m. There will be additional visitation Thursday in the Gathering Space at the church from 9:30 a.m. until 10:20 a.m.

Memorials can be made to St. Paul the Apostle Catholic Church/School, Genesis Hospice or a charity of your choice.

Edna Louise Freking was born in Iowa City, Iowa, on July 22, 1938, to John Ambrose Cahill and Teresa Cecilia Fitzpatrick. She graduated from West Branch High in 1956 and attended St. Francis College in Joliet, Ill., and Marycrest College in Davenport, graduating in 1960 with a teaching degree. She taught at Monroe Elementary in Davenport. Later, she worked in men’s retail at Sears in Northpark Mall.

Edna married Duane C. Freking on Feb. 2, 1963, at St. Paul’s.  She was very active in her children’s lives, volunteering for their many school and church activities.

Edna enjoyed flower gardening, genealogy, bowling, word puzzles, the Big Bang Theory, dancing, family dog Dusty, the Cubs, and spending time with grandsons.  In early years, she especially enjoyed weekly family trips to visit parents in West Branch and annual vacations to LeMars, IA, Joliet, Ill., and Saginaw, Mich., in an overloaded station wagon.  After retirement, she enjoyed memorable trips with Duane to Ireland, China and the Cayman Islands and many trips to see fall foliage.

Edna is survived by her husband; her sisters, Mary Catherine Maher of Joliet and Marilyn Knapp of Saginaw; sons Donald (Cindy) of Woodstock, Ga., John (Hong-Yan) Tianjin of China; daughters Teresa Freking of Davenport, Mary Beth Eggers (Arthur) of Rapids City, Ill., and Laurie Freking of Madison Heights, Mich.; step-granddaughter Candice Latini; and grandsons Walter Eggers and Benjamin Freking.

She was preceded in death by her parents and her brother, Paul Cahill.

The family would like to extend special thanks to Corrine and the other nurses and staff from Genesis Hospice.

Online remembrance and condolences may be expressed to the family by visiting Edna’s obituary at

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