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A good singer, skier, and enjoyed swimming and hiking
Frieda Putnam was born Elfriede Mayer on Dec. 8, 1927, in Munich, Germany. She passed away on Dec. 15, 2007, in Los Robles Hospital, Thousand Oaks, California. Her parents separated when she was 2 years old and she moved with her mother to Garmisch. Frieda grew up and went to school in Garmisch and Grainau which is a small suburb of Garmisch.
Freida was a member of the Catholic Church.
She was an excellent student and was good at most of the things that she did. She was a good singer, a good skier, and enjoyed swimming and hiking.
Her best subjects were languages. While German was her native tongue, she spoke much better English than her husband, Don, within just a few years after coming to America, and wrote business letters that were very clear and comprehensive. She later learned French and spent many years teaching French at the senior citizens’ center in Thousand Oaks.
On Nov. 19, 1949, she and Don Putnam were united in marriage. They came to America together in March of 1950, and went into business together.
She was generous and kind-hearted, and fair minded. She loved animals of all kinds and was intensely loyal to her people and her animals.
Frieda is survived by her husband, Don Putnam, Thousand Oaks, Calif.; nieces and nephews; and other relatives and friends.
Services will be held at 2 p.m. Friday, Dec. 21, in the Clinkingbeard Funeral Home, Ava, with Father Paul Wightman officiating. Interment will follow in the Bragg Cemetery, Ava.
Online condolences may be made to www.clinkingbeardfuneral home.com.