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Katherine A. Freed

Thursday, November 8, 2018 by The Press in Obituaries

of Emmaus

Katherine A. (Smull) Freed, 97, of Emmaus, died peacefully in her home Oct. 29, 2018. She was the wife of the late Willard Henry Freed, who died July 4, 1999. They were married for 46 years. Born in Monroeville, she was the daughter of the late Simon Eugene Smull and Mathilda Rose (Kreiling) Smull.

After spending her childhood in Forest Hills, she graduated from Wilkinsburg High School. She began her professional career at United Engineering and Foundry Company, Pittsburgh and ultimately became the administrative assistant to the executive vice president of the company.

She followed her husband’s career as a pharmacist, moving from Pittsburgh to West Chester and eventually settling in Emmaus.

For several years she was the personal assistant to Hannah (Young) Durham Cooke at Skew Farm, Old Zionsville. Hannah Cooke was a prominent political figure at the local, state, and national levels, as well as an active suffragette campaigning to grant women the right to vote.

In Emmaus, she was community oriented serving as a school crossing guard, Cub Scout den mother and East Penn Band Club member. For many years she was a judge of elections in Emmaus and on the board of the Shelter House Society.

She enjoyed cooking, baking, bridge games with the members of the Emmaus Newcomer’s Club, reading mystery novels, playing the piano and traveling.

In 2001 she traveled to China touring Shanghai, Beijing, Xi’an, and sailing the Yangtze River. She delighted in nurturing the neighborhood children. In her spare time, she was a fan of Iron Pigs baseball and Lehigh University Mountain Hawks football and, of course, the Gunsmoke TV series, all M*A*S*H* episodes and anything featuring John Wayne.

She is survived by her son, Robert Mitchell. She is predeceased by a sister Phyllis Ruth Estep; brothers, Eugene Robert Smull and Charles Clement Smull.

No calling hours, visitation, or contributions. A private funeral service will be held at the gravesite in Red Hill to celebrate a life well lived and enjoyed. Arrangements were made by the Bachman, Kulik & Reinsmith Funeral Homes, Allentown.