July 21, 1937 - Jan. 16, 2007
WILLARD Mary Lucille Eldred, 69, of rural Willard, died Tuesday after a brief illness.
She was born July 21, 1937 in Willard to the late Marion (Schlotterer) and Walter Frederick. She had been a Willard area resident her entire life. She was the oldest of six children.
Mary Lu and her husband, Fred graduated from Willard High School in 1955. She attended Mary Manse College in Toledo.
She was employed as a secretary at the former Pioneer Rubber Company in Willard. Her accounting and financial skills were utilized in the family farm business. Besides caring for her brothers and sisters and immediate family, she also helped care for numerous relatives.
She enjoyed working alongside her husband on the family farm. She was an avid gardener. Also, she enjoyed cake decorating and baking. Her extensive research on family genealogy yielded many volumes of ancestral descent. She was a member of the former St. Sebastian Church, St. Sebastian Rosary Altar Society and St. Francis Study Club. She also was a current member of St. Gaspar del Bufalo in Marywood. She was a member of the Catholic Ladies of Columbia and Propagation of Faith. She was a Farm Bureau Council member. She especially enjoyed her grandchildren. She was a devoted grandmother, who enjoyed participating in their many activities. She also enjoyed the closeness of numerous nephews and nieces.
She is survived by her husband of 49 years, Fred Eldred; a daughter, Deborah Fritz and son-in-law, Patrick; two grandchildren; brothers and sisters-in-law, Walter and Judith (Kovach) Frederick of Middlesex, N.C., Dr. Joseph and Kathleen (Long) Frederick of Pemberville, Michael and Marge (Biesiada) Frederick of Parma and Robert and Barbara (Rhodes) Frederick of Brookfield, Conn.; a sister and brother-in-law, Ann (Frederick) and Thomas Herner of Norwalk; and a sister-in-law and spouse, Carol (Eldred) and August Stacklin of Willard.
Friends may call from 2 to 4 and 6 to 9 p.m. Friday at Secor Funeral Home in Willard, where a prayer service will be held at 8:30 p.m. A funeral Mass will take place at 10:30 a.m. Saturday at the St. Gaspar del Bufalo Catholic Church. The Rev. John Nagele will officiate. Burial will follow in the St. Sebastian Catholic Cemetery in Bismark.
Memorial gifts may be sent to the American Heart Association or the Arthritis Foundation.