Freda Andreini, born October 5, 1934, in New Malden, England, passed away on March 12, 2020, at her home in Cambridge, Minnesota.
Christened Freda Christine Campbell, she grew up near London, England, with her younger sister Alison and her parents Alexander and Marjorie. She graduated from Sutton High School and went on to study at Kings College, University of London. After earning a BA degree in medieval studies, she was accepted for missionary work by the Grenfell Association, a medical missionary organization. Her missionary work took her St. Antony, Newfoundland where she met Paul Andreini, an American medical intern. They married in 1958 and moved to Rochester Minnesota where they raised seven children.
After raising seven children, Freda went back to school to become certified as a Behavioral Analyst and began work at the Rochester State Hospital. This was the beginning of a career serving the developmentally challenged community. In 1981 she accepted a position at the Cambridge State Hospital where she was promoted to program director. She retired in 2000 with the hospital’s closure.
Freda will be fondly remembered for her eclectic passions, her lifelong commitment to personal growth and her service to others. As a master gardener she coaxed beautiful flowers to emerge in her amazing garden. As a Catholic, was committed to her church community and was recognized as a distinctive reader. As a devoted mother of seven children and doting grandmother, Freda had a vocation for helping children. Her volunteer opportunities included the Shalom Shop’s toy department, the Li’l farm Children’s Home and lastly the Cambridge Christian School where she was known as grandma Freda.
Freda will also be remembered for her tenacious spirit. She not only survived through perils such as war, divorce and a devastating cancer, but she thrived. She refused to let broken bones stop her from enjoying the opera or traveling to England for a family reunion. This tenacity of spirit was apparent even in her final hours. Freda is survived by her sister Allison Lockyer, her children Mark, Ruth, John, Alice, David, Michael and Maggie, ten grandchildren and one great grandchild.
A funeral mass will be held at Christ the King Catholic Church in Cambridge, Minnesota at 10:00 AM on May 7, 2021. The service will be live-streamed at https://us02web.zoom.us/j/88411115511
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