March 19, 1938 – Oct. 4, 2021
Ms. Angelika “Angy” Freyberg passed away on Oct. 4, 2021, in Claremore, Okla., at the age of 83. Angy was born in Riga, Latvia. As a toddler, she fled with her family from the encroaching Stalin regime during World War II. While attempting to cross the Baltic Sea to Sweden, their ship was attacked, and they were diverted to Poland instead where they were taken in by distant relatives in Pozna. Ultimately fleeing the Nazis there, the family was hidden on a farm just outside Berlin, ironically, where they stayed for the remainder of the War. Despite speaking little English, Angy, her mother, stepfather and sister eventually realized their dream and immigrated to the United States. They relocated to Zanesville, Ohio, in 1952, where they assimilated and delighted in becoming American citizens and learning all about their new country.
Angy graduated from high school in Lima, Ohio and then moved to New York, New York to work in the stenography pool of a large law firm. Not caring for the big city, she soon returned to Columbus, Ohio to attend college. There she met the love of her life, John, and they married in 1959. They lived in Iowa before John was transferred for work to Louisiana in the late 1960s and finally settled in Natchitoches, where they lived happily until his death in 1990.
Through good times and hard, Angy and John reared their three adopted children in Louisiana while dabbling in real estate and restaurant management. Angy later returned to her original career becoming Executive Assistant to the Dean of the Department of Education at Northwestern State University, a role she maintained until her retirement. Angy later remarried, only to be widowed again, and, in 2013, she moved to Claremore to be closer to her older son and his family.
Angy loved sharing stories of her childhood, her survival of World War II and the many close calls she had, always emphasizing how the hand of God and her guardian angels had kept her safe. Throughout her life, she continued to rely on her faith and, even in the face of difficult times, voiced her enduring gratitude for her many blessings. Like the saint she most tried to emulate, Francis of Assisi, Angy had a boundless love of animals and nature, and of her Lord. She was a ball of light who made every person she encountered feel they were special to her, truly loved, and she was so appreciative of all those who knew and loved her in return. She collected innumerable biblical verses and prayers over the years; yet, her favorite remained the Peace Prayer of Saint Francis, which she took to heart:
Lord, make me an instrument of Thy peace.
Where there is hatred, let me sow love;
Where there is injury, pardon;
Where there is error, the truth;
Where there is doubt, the faith;
Where there is despair, hope;
Where there is darkness, light;
And where there is sadness, joy.
O Divine Master,
Grant that I may not so much seek
To be consoled, as to console;
To be understood, as to understand;
To be loved as to love.
For it is in giving that we receive;
It is in pardoning that we are pardoned;
And it is in dying that we are born to eternal life.
Angy was preceded in death by her parents, Walter Freyberg, when she an infant, and Hildegard Isakowsky in the early 1980s; husband, John Loraditch, and husband, Tommy Stewart. She is survived by her sister, Ursula Swank, of Lexington, Ken., and her three beloved children: Anne Marie Loraditch, of Austin, Texas; Patrick Alan Loraditch, of Inola, Okla.; and Edward Andrew Loraditch, of Collins, Miss.
Her family would like to thank the caring nurses in the Intensive Care Unit at Claremore Regional Hospital, her caregivers at Elara Hospice, and, most especially, Mrs. April Pierce and her family as well as her church family at Calvary Lighthouse Church in Chelsea, Okla., whose pastor and congregants embraced Angy in her last few years as one of their very own. She so loved attending church and Sunday School, as often as she was physically able.
A wonderful service celebrating Angy’s life and homegoing was Sunday, Oct. 10 at the Calvary Lighthouse Church. To view, please go to: https://fb.watch/8BlVeW1hIl/. Angy’s family was truly touched by and thankful for the many expressions of grief and joy and the underlying message of hope, about which Angy undoubtedly would have said, “Goody, goody gumdrop! I love it, I love it, I love it!”
Expressions of sympathy in Angy’s name may be made to the Calvary Lighthouse Church by visiting https://calvarylighthousechurch.org/.