Frieda M. Imes

January 07, 1923 - December 30, 2019

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Thursday, January 02, 2:00 PM to 4:00 PM
Young Family Funeral Home - Kendallville Chapel


Friday, January 03, 10:00 AM
Immaculate Conception Catholic Church, 319 East Diamond Street, Kendallville


Frieda Marie Imes, 96, of Kendallville died December 30, 2019 at 1:10 a.m. at Parkview Noble Hospital in Kendallville.

She was born in Lafayette on January 7, 1923, to George Marshal & Margaret Louise (Buwa) Harlow.

Mrs. Imes attended St. Boniface Grade School in Lafayette.

She was employed at Surety Roofing for several months.

When she was 18, in January she went to work at Purdue University in General Engineering. In 1942, she was transferred to work at the War Training office at Purdue University.

On January 23, 1943, she married Thomas L. Imes, a graduate of Purdue University, who resided in Kendallville. Thomas was drafted in February into the Army Air Corp. He was stationed at Salt Lake City where she joined him. She then followed him when he was at Miami Beach and then transferred to Greensboro, North Carolina, and Seymour Johnson Field in Goldsboro, North Carolina. He was discharged after three years and they moved to a farm close to Kendallville.

Frieda was a bookkeeper for Orange Township for six years. Then, she went to work at the post office in Brimfield for 29 years, becoming Postmaster the last ten years. She retired on October 26, 1984.

She was a member of St. Gaspar Catholic Church in Rome City and is now a member of Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Kendallville. She was a member of the Rosary Sodality, a member of United Postmasters and Managers of America, and was a member of the National Association of Federal Workers, the American Legion Auxiliary, and the John Purdue Club.

Surviving are a son, Tom (Maryanne) Imes of Madison; a daughter, Cindy Crawford of Westfield; three grandchildren, Kyle (Wendy) Crawford of Carmel, Clay (Shannon) Crawford of Noblesville, and Kara (Tony) Carreri of Charlotte, North Carolina; three great-grandchildren, Harlow and Penn Crawford of Carmel and Conley Crawford of Noblesville.

She was preceded in death by her parents; and her husband, Thomas L. Imes on December 27, 2007.

Mass of Christian Burial will be Friday, January 3, 2020, at 10 a.m. at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church with Father J. Steele officiating. Burial will be at Orange Township Cemetery in Rome City.

Calling is Thursday, January 3, 2020, from 2 to 4 p.m. at Young Family Funeral Home, Kendallville Chapel, 222 South State Street, Kendallville. A Rosary service will be held at 4 p.m.

Preferred memorials are to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.

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Steve Knebel
January 3rd, 2020 4:44am

Freida was a very special Lady. Tom and Freida were a wonderful couple. We know she is at peace with her lord. Our condolences to Tom, Cindy, Kyle, Clay and Kara Ann. Steve@Tina

Daniel & Barbara Tatman
January 3rd, 2020 12:20am
Rome City IN

Very special Lady, Always had good things to say about everyone, she will be truly missed.

Melda Veit &Family
January 1st, 2020 11:13pm

You have our heart felt condolences and we treasure all of the wonderful years of memories with Frieda.

Richard Mapes
January 1st, 2020 12:57am
Oceanside California

Tom and Cindy, condolences on the loss of your Mother!

Liz and Dale Richmond
December 31st, 2019 9:30pm

We were so blessed to have such a great friendship with your Mom. She was such a joy and what a great mind she had! While we know she is in a better place, she will be greatly missed.

Kyle Pratt
December 31st, 2019 7:50pm

Myself along with my late husband, Rick and late son, Josh were so blessed to have known Frieda & Tom.......they treated us like family. My condolences to Tom, Cindy and the whole family......

Randy & Bev Marker
December 31st, 2019 6:38pm

We have been so blessed to have had the honor of Frieda and Tom in our lives. What a spectacular couple to have known. They will always remain in our hearts.

Dick Leighty
December 31st, 2019 4:11pm

Cindy & Tom, May Jesus wrap his arms around you and give you comfort and peace.

Diane Rice
December 31st, 2019 12:17pm
Syracuse, In

So sorry for your loss. What a terrific lady and a good friend to my mom (Betty). They really had a great friendship.

Alice Stiffner
December 31st, 2019 6:00am

I’m so very glad I got to visit with you on Christmas Day. Your mom was a special lady. Our parents friendship goes back so many years. Now our parents are together again.

Kevin and Tamara Blanchard
December 31st, 2019 3:35am
Temperance, MI

So very sorry for your loss.