225 W. Monroe St., New Bremen, OH 45869

Kathleen H. Freeman April 5, 1931 - December 25, 2022

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formerly of Botkins, died peacefully on Christmas Day, Sunday, December 25, 2022 at 4:53 A.M. at the Otterbein Senior Lifestyles Community in Cridersville, where she had resided. She was born on Easter Day, April 5, 1931 near Kettlersville, the daughter of the late William H. and Malinda A. (Quebe) Egbert. On August 23, 1964, she married Charles E. Freeman, who survives in Cridersville. Also surviving are her children and their spouses: Yvonne (Edward) George of Vonore, TN, Pamela (Michael) Buirley of Mt. Vernon, OH, Kevin (Margaret) Headings of Sidney, Robert (Jean) Freeman of Dallas, TX; her eleven grandchildren, and seventeen great-grandchildren. Also left to cherish her memory are her siblings Hannah Kohler of Wapakoneta, and Thomas (Kay) Egbert of Circleville, OH. Along with her parents, Kathleen was preceded in death by her step-mother M. Ruth (Britton) Egbert, a son William Freeman, a granddaughter Mallory Headings, and her former husband Don E. Headings.

Kathleen was a graduate of Anna High School, and in her younger years was known for championing both the 1945 Shelby County Fair’s Grand and Reserve Champion Steers. She was a member of the Botkins United Methodist Church and worked for 20 years as a Dental Assistant at the dentist’s office near their home in Botkins. Kathleen had many talents including being an excellent seamstress and enjoyed crafting, crocheting and knitting, but she was an especially good fisherman. She and Charles spent a lot of free time fishing at various lakes locally and as far away as Florida, Texas, Wisconsin, and Canada. Charles and Kathleen raised their family to travel, taking cross country trips with their travel trailer, and later in life with their small airplane. After retirement, they continued their travels wintering in Florida, and adventuring farther away to Hawaii and Alaska and also enjoyed several cruises to various Caribbean islands. Kathleen was very proud of her family; the lives they built, and all of the accomplishments they achieved.

The Family of Kathleen H. Freeman will hold a Visitation and Celebration of Life Service on Easter Saturday, April 8, 2023 at the Sidney Boat Club, 1055 Riverside Drive, Sidney, Ohio. Visitation with the family will be held from 1:00 – 3:00pm with a Celebration of Life Service from 3:00 – 3:30pm. A private family gravesite inurnment service will be held on Easter Day in the Willow Grove Cemetery near New Bremen. Gilberg-Hartwig Funeral Home in New Bremen is assisting with arrangements, and condolences to the family can be left on the funeral home website at www.gilberghartwigfh.com.

A Celebration of Life will be announced at a later date in the Spring of 2023, when inurnment will take place in the Willow Grove Cemetery near New Bremen.


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    Shirley Schipper Dunn says

    Sorry for your loss. I have a lot of great memories with our old neighbor and friend.

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    Linda Limbert says

    With deep sympathy .for you loss. Treasurer your thoughts and memories for they will last forever.

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    Charles and family sorry for your loss you are in our prayers

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    Nita Watercutter says

    So sorry to hear of Kathleen’s passing. You’re in our prayers.

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    Joan Meyer Boltz says

    My sympathy to all the family as you share your remembrances of the many good years. Treasure them as I treasure mine…Kathleen and I were classmates at Anna H.S. Class of ’49.

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    Ruthann Decker says

    So sorry to see about the passing of Kathleen. Thoughts, and prayers are with you.
    Ruth Ann (Gerber) Decker

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    Teresa Heitbrink-Ireland says

    So sorry to hear of Kathleen’s passing. What a wonderful lady! My condolences to Charles and all of the Freeman family. Prayers for peace and comfort.

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    Sandra White says

    To Kathleen’s family.
    I have wonderful memories of your Mom and your family. She was always so kind and so sweet to me. Always glad to see me. My sincere condolences to all of you. I am saddened, I won’t get to her memorial. I will always cherish her memories. A special hug to Pam. God bless all of you. Sandy ( Egbert) White.

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