Meadville Tribune

March 14, 2013

Freda Bertha Guttridge

Meadville Tribune

CONNEAUTVILLE — Freda Bertha Guttridge, 99, passed away on Thursday, March 14, 2013, at Rolling Fields Nursing Home, Conneautville, where she had been a resident since 2010.

Born on June 10, 1913, in Cussewago Township, Crawford County, Freda was a daughter of the late Ernest Muckinhaupt and Ruth Carr Muckinhaupt. On Dec. 7, 1929, Freda married Melvin A. Guttridge, and he preceded her in death on July 18, 2001.

Freda and her husband owned a dairy farm outside of Venango, and as a home maker she was very involved in the farm’s operation. In 1957, they moved to Venango Borough, where she lived until entering the nursing home.

She loved attending the Christian and Missionary Alliance Church in Cambridge Springs, where she was a member. Beginning in the late 1950s, Freda worked for about eight years in the Cambridge Springs High School cafeteria. She also helped at the Venango Public Library. Freda’s hobbies and interests included doing needlework, cooking, baking and sewing. She also loved animals.

Surviving Freda are two daughters, Sandra Howles and her husband, Arlin, of Venango, and Bonnie Lewandowski, of Venango; a son, Roger Guttridge and his wife, Joanne, of York; 11 grandchildren, Curtis Howles and his wife, Donna, of Saegertown, Stanley Howles and his wife, Theresa, of Saegertown, Valerie Houk and her husband, Terry, of New Castle, Troy Howles of Venango, Arlin Howles Jr. and his wife, Nancy, of Houston, Brenda Stafford and her husband, Butch, of Saegertown, Michael Lewandowski and his wife, Danielle, of Chesapeake, Va., Rick Lewandowski and his wife, Kim, of Bethel Park, Scott Guttridge of Ardmore, Chris Guttridge and his wife, Maggie of York, and Katherine Guttridge of Seattle; 18 great-grandchildren, Rorie Howles, A.J. Sherretts, Mackenzie Howles, Andrew Howles, Jessica Howles, Aaron Howles, Tristen Howles, Reese Gray, Vincent Houk, Hannah Wheaton, Sarah Stafford, Chloe Lewandowski, Joshua Lewandowski, Austin Lewandowski, Jake Lewandowski, Maggie Lewandowski, Myla Guttridge and Grady Guttridge.

Freda was preceded in death by two sisters, Mildred Sauers and Iva Muckinhaupt; and a brother, Lester Muckinhaupt.

Friends may call on Saturday from 10 a.m. to noon at the Van Matre Family Funeral Home in Cambridge Springs on Saturday. Funeral services will begin at noon with Rev. Darrell Harris, Wesleyan from Coudersport, officiating.

Interment will be in Venango Cemetery.

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