A Life Well-Lived
A Tribute to Thelma Roseanna Freezer
A life well-lived is singlehandedly the most simple, yet most difficult, task that we, as humans, will ever be given. This life is not our own. And no matter who you are, if you’ve had the pleasure of meeting Thelma, you would know that she knew this to be true. She did not live life for herself, nor did she live it for others. She knew she was called to serve the Lord, and it is He who calls us to serve the world around us. I don’t think any of us have to question whether Thelma took that seriously or not. “They will know you by your love,” says the Lord in John 13:35. In her 88 years, Thelma managed to touch lives, meet the needs of strangers, and even reach the lost before their untimely departure from this earth. An entire lifetime given to serving the Lord; utilizing her gifts as a caretaker and teacher to those who needed it most. A truckload of the most beautiful flowers and a chorus of resounding hymns would still fall short in commemorating such an intentional life. And as the weight of this loss now falls on the shoulders of those left behind, we gather together in joy to celebrate possibly the most gracious, selfless, and righteous woman that any of us have ever known. We find joy, because today we know that she has, at last, met her creator, and has finally heard the most beautiful voice say, “Well done My good and faithful servant. Yours was a life well-lived.” (written by Chelsea Mowery, granddaughter)
Thelma Roseanna Freezer, 88, passed away on April 30, 2019, surrounded by her family. She was the wife of Frank H. Freezer and they shared 67 years together.
Born in Montgomery, PA she was the daughter of the late Clarence and Edna Ward. She was predeceased by 11 of her 12 siblings, with only sibling being Amos (Martha) Ward of Williamsport. Thelma attended the Montoursville Schools until 10th grade at which time she stayed home to help raise her siblings while her parents worked full time to support the large family.
She was a housewife and mother all of her life, and worked for 18 years part-time for the Montoursville Area School District in the cafeteria. She was a member of the Community Baptist Church, was previously a Deaconess, and sang in the church choir. She enjoyed singing and playing the piano, babysitting her grandchildren and great-grandchildren, cooking and cleaning. She will always be remembered for her loving and giving spirit to everyone she came in touch with.
Thelma is survived by her husband, Frank H. Freezer, children Patricia (Terry) VonStein, Michael (Cindy Boyle) Freezer, and Shelly (Robert) Karschner; 10 grandchildren, Melony (Sean) Hartranft, Shannon (Tony) Oeler, Jeremy VonStein, Sarah VonStein, David (Stephanie) Freezer, Daniel (Montana) Freezer, Joshua (Tara Gair) Freezer, Elisha Freezer, Dustan Karschner, and Chelsea (Jon) Mowery; 18 great-grandchildren, Aubri, Mercedes, Madison, Levi, Isabel, Paisley, Luna, Adalina, Jayden, Camden, Liam, Caleb, Abigail, Jonathan, Bryson, Audriana, Roland, and Jase; and 3 great-great-granddaughters, Norah, Lydia and Everly Crist. She was predeceased by her great-grandson, Dewey James Hauser.
Thelma’s Celebration of Life will be held on Friday, May 3, at 11am at Community Baptist Church, 1853 State Route 87, Montoursville, Elder Greg Sanford officiating, with interment at Twin Hills Memorial Park. A viewing will be at the church from 9:30am until the time of the service.
In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Community Baptist Church. Arrangements are with Spitler Funeral Home.