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Obituary for Leona Mae Friederich
Leona Mae Friederich passed Thursday, June 8th.
Lee is survived by her only child, Heather Nunez and her three grandchildren, Melinda Nunez, Toribio Nunez and Albert Nunez. And her most beloved dog, Hudson.
Lee grew up in Gardena CA, married US Army veteran and Los Angeles Police Department officer Roland Friederich. Roland was an entrepreneur while maintaining his full time position with the LAPD and they both worked long hard hours. Finding her calling, Lee enrolled in Hills Dog Grooming School where she fell in love with her work and furry clientele. After she completed her training she went on to become an instructor, and their lives were enriched by the presence of at least one dog ever after.
They retired and spent the 1980’s traveling in a VW bug with Brutus, their German Shepherd, in the back seat and towing a motorcycle trailer all the way down the coast and into Mexico. They spent many years traveling eventually settling and spending several years in Chapala, Jalisco Mexico. Their wanderlust hit again, this time they traded in the Volkswagen for a truck and fifth wheel trailer. They traveled the states and settled for a moment in New Mexico before finally ending their travels in Brookings OR where they remained.
They settled down to spend their golden years in Brookings where they both continued exploring their interests and hobbies, taking classes and getting involved in their community. Roland loved long rides on his bike and became an accomplished artist.
Lee inherited her grandfather, William Powel’s, stamp collection and was an avid philatelist her entire life. She spent time every day working with her stamps, increasing the collection, which will be continued by her granddaughter Melinda. She continued her work with her beloved animals, always helping out, in many ways. She found great joy as a philanthropist donating to wildlife, animal and other organizations.
Lee spent memorial weekend with her family. Her daughter and grandchildren came to visit. She made them a wonderful dinner as she loved to do and they all went for a long walk in the harbor with her 5 canine grandchildren and Hudson. She left us all quite unexpectedly.
Lee did not want services but her family invites her friends to a very informal remembrance at 2:00pm on Saturday, June 17, 2017 at the rest area across Hwy. 101 from Harris Beach State Park in Brookings.
All friends, human and canine are welcome. No flowers please, if you would like to make a donation, please donate in her name to an animal in need.
Condolences may be expressed online at www.redwoodmemorial.net. Redwood Memorial Chapel is assisting the family.