Posted Sept. 21, 2012
Virginia Freer-Sweeney passed away Aug. 16, 2012 at her home in Naples, Fla. For the past 12 years she has been valiantly battling cancer and Primary Lateral Sclerosis, a disease in the ALS family.
Military services were held Aug. 26, 2012 at the Veteran’s National Cemetery in Sarasota, Fla. where both Virginia and Bern were interned.
Virginia was born Nov. 16, 1943 to Max and Eleanor Freer on a farmstead north of Mott, N.D. Her education began by attending Prairie Home School and Steiner School and then graduating from Mott Lincoln High School with the class of 1961. In 1965 she graduated from Minot State Teachers College with a BA Degree in Physical Education and started her teaching career in Brainerd, Minn. where she met her first husband, Quentin Blome. Quentin was assigned military duty in Labrador where Virginia found a teaching position until he was discharged from the service. They then moved to Buffalo Grove, Ill. where Virginia taught in the Winnetka, Ill. School District.
Upon the dissolution of that marriage, Virginia pursued a new career acquiring a CFP License and began working for Banker’s Life Insurance Company where she met and later married her husband of 30 years, Bernard Sweeney. Together they built Sweeney Associates, a financial advisory business they operated out of their home in Buffalo Grove and continued when moving to Naples, Fla, in 2001.
Following her husband’s passing in 2010, Virginia, despite her handicaps of not being able to talk or walk for 10 years, insisted on remaining in her home in Naples, managing her round the clock caretakers, her home affairs, her business, and her medical appointments until she was completely bedridden about a month before she passed. She amazed her doctors, family, friends and neighbors with her inner strength, desire for independence and will to live despiteher handicaps and the endless bouts with chemo. She was a wonderful example for everyone who witnessed her pain and agonies associated with her life, She will live in the hearts and memories of those who loved her and will be greatly missed by those who knew and loved her. May the Good Lord bless and keep her.
Surviving relatives are sister, Donna Freer-Stannard (Bill Stannard); Cousins: Clifford Freer, Herman Freer and Adeline Franz. Nick Roster, Gary Church, Darlene Church Yantze, Dennis Church, Terry Church, James Church, Vernon Church and Charlotte Church Weimer. Best friend, Carole Ottmar Olin and her very special and longtime Caretakers, Maria Garcia and Liselotte Rodriguez.
Virginia was preceded in death by her parents: Max and Eleanor Freer; grandparents Franz Freer/Magdalena Roster Freer and Mary Van Lishout Church/Forest Church and many aunts and uncles.