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Lou Freeman
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Lou Emma Margaret Freeman, 83, of Oakdale, died on Sunday, July 17 at Kaiser Hospital in Modesto following a short illness.

She was born in Oklahoma on Nov. 30, 1927; however, she lived all of her adult life in California. In 1945, she married Ralph V. Freeman, and settled in the Bay Area. She raised four children in the cities of San Pablo, Santa Clara and San Jose. After 38 happy years together, her husband passed away in 1984, and she moved to several different cities, finally settling in Oakdale in 2001.

She held many occupations in her life, and worked until the end of her life. During WWII, she was a "Rosie Riveter," working in a munitions factory. In the 1960s, she drove a school bus for disabled children. In her later years, she was an administrative assistant and telephone operator for Dole Pineapple; a customer service representative for Blue Cross, Motorola and Businessland. From the '90s until just before her death, she worked for Orchard Supply Hardware. She was most proud of her work as the Commercial Accounts Representative for OSH.

Of special note is the role she played in the '50s, '60s and '70s while associated with the Santa Clara Swim Club, in Santa Clara. She was a member of the Board of Directors and helped shape the environment to enable many famous Olympic swimmers (Don Schollander, Mark Spitz, Donna de Vorona, Mitch Ivey, John Hencken, Linda Jezek, etc.) to set countless world records and receive numerous Olympic medals. All of her children were either synchronized or competitive swimmers.

Survivors include her brother, Richard Mosley; her four children, Paula Freeman, Mary Jane (Janie) Freeman, Robert Freeman, and Jeffrey Freeman; her grandchildren Christopher Freeman, Brooke Godwin, Ian Freeman and Nikki Whitaker; great-grandchildren Aiden Freeman, Aubrey Freeman, Samuel Godwin, Sophia Godwin, and Conner Freeman.

The matriarch of the family, she is truly loved, and will be sadly missed.

A memorial service is planned on Saturday, July 30 at 10 a.m. at St. Mary of the Immaculate Conception Church in Los Gatos, 219 Bean Ave. The Reverend Rick Rodoni will officiate.

Arrangements by Deegan Funeral Chapel in Escalon; visit the website at

The Escalon (Calif.) Times

July 27, 2011