Martha Freygang, 83, of Fort Wayne, passed away Wednesday, February 27, 2013 at Hospice Home. She was born December 27, 1929 in Chicago, Illinois, daughter of the late Wayne and Laura (Howard) Herrick. Martha graduated from Defiance College and worked as a Registered Nurse for many years at various places. She was a member of St. Therese Catholic Church and the Lay Franciscan Order. She was active in her life with her husband in square dancing. She was an avid bridge player and always enjoyed music--singing and dancing. She had a love for horseback riding, swimming, and maintaining a healthy body--even before it became the fad of the time--thinking ahead of her time. She also demonstrated wonderful gifts of a true faith in God, compassion for others, motivation to always seek your goals, a fun-loving spirit, a wonderful talent of listening to others, and being there for others. Her life demonstrated all of these and more. We thank her for her giving 110 percent and we thank God for loaning her to us. As one of her children said, "Mom showed me how to endure through difficult times, no matter how heart-wrenching they can be. She showed me her compassion as she put her soothing palm on my fevered forehead in the middle of the night--no matter how exhausted she was. She taught me forgiveness as she forgave me for my disappointments--while encouraging me to "pull myself up by my bootstraps." Thanks, Lord, for richly blessing us with your daughter Mary Martha. She brought me into this world and I thank HIM for blessing me with her." Surviving are her husband of 60 years, Richard Freygang; children, Ayn Freygang, Pat (Larry) Samuels, Kay'd (David) Odland, Mary (Ron, deceased) James, Mike (Kim, deceased) Freygang, James (Diane) Freygang, Bill (Lisa) Freygang, Ed Freygang, Laurie (Alan) Whisler, and Amy (Andrew) Freygang-Bogle; sister Julia (Bolyn) Wolf; 31 grandchildren,Eli and Hannah Adams; Raina, Scott, and Riley Samuels; Lisa, Sophia, and Alexi Odland; Nate (Krissy) and Luke James; Kelley (Mark), Katie (Jason), Ben, Sarah, and David Freygang; Joe, Jenny (Logan), and Jessica Freygang; Tong-Tong, Paul, and Peter Freygang; Hollie, Josh, Austin, and Adam Whisler; Rachel Freygang, Elly, Michael, Mark-Henry, Daniel, and Edward Bogle; and five great grandchildren, Virginia, Bella, Scarlet, Kimmy, and Koen Woollacott. Also preceding her in death were 2 brothers. Mass of Christian Burial will be Saturday, March 2, 2013 at 11:00 AM at St. Therese Catholic Church, 2304 Lower Huntington Road, Fort Wayne, IN 46819 with visitation one hour prior. Visitation will also be Friday, March 1, 2013 from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 PM at Klaehn, Fahl, & Melton Funeral Home, 420 West Wayne Street, Fort Wayne, IN 46802 with a rosary service at 7:30 PM. Burial will be at Prairie Grove Cemetery. Memorials may be made to masses or Visiting Nurse. Arrangements are by Elzey-Patterson-Rodak Home For Funerals.