Charlotte Friest, age 94, of Garden City, Iowa, passed away on Saturday, Sept. 30, 2017, at Mary Greeley Medical Center in Ames.

Funeral services for Charlotte were held on Tuesday, Oct. 3, at 10:30 a.m. at the Zion Lutheran Church rural Radcliffe. Burial was in the church cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be directed to the family for a memorial fund to be established.

Boeke Funeral Home of Radcliffe is in charge of arrangements.

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Charlotte Joella (Frette) Friest was born on Oct. 12, 1922, to Edward and Bertina Frette, at home on the farm, in Rosendale, near Story City. Charlotte died on Sept. 30 at Mary Greeley Medical Center in Ames.

She was baptized and confirmed into the Christian faith at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in rural Jewell. She graduated from Story City High School. Charlotte was married to Floyd Friest on Feb. 21, 1948. They were blessed with three sons. They farmed and resided on the family farm until retiring in 1979. They moved to Garden City in 1989 and Charlotte has called that home until her death.

Charlotte was blessed to be a blessing. She was active in her church with the Women’s Group, Sunday school, preparing and serving food, sending out bulletins to shut-ins and helping wherever needed. She was an active member of the American Legion Auxiliary. She was full of energy and greeted everyone with a smile. She was also dedicated to her family and provided love and care to all. Grandma was one of her special names and found delight in her eight grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren.

Kringla, brownies, cakes, lefsa and coffee, were plentiful and enjoyed when visiting with Charlotte. She enjoyed decorating cakes, bowling and visiting with friends wherever they may be (like the post office).

Charlotte is survived by her children: Greg (Shelley) Friest of rural Radcliffe; Bruce (Kathy) Friest of Ankeny; daughter-in-law Sue Friest of Ankeny; grandchildren, Justin (Sandy) Friest of Polk City, Erin Friest (James Martin) of Ankeny, Heather Friest of Nevada, Dr. Staci (Nick) Kinzebach of Cedar Falls, Clint Friest of rural Radcliffe; Kari (Joe) Bethel, Brian (Kelli) Friest, Paul (Tara) Friest, all of Ankeny; great-grandchildren, Kennedy and Nathan Friest of Polk City; William and Wyatt Bethel of Ankeny; Weston and Beau Friest of Ankeny; and Mason and Logan Friest of Ankeny; two brothers, Merle Frette and Bennett Frette, of Story City, a sister-in-law, Charlotte Frette of Phoenix, Ariz., along with many other nieces, nephews, cousins and dear friends.

Preceding her in death were her parents, Edward and Bertina Frette; husband, Floyd Friest; son Parker Friest; sisters Ethel (Burnett) Omvig and Vernal Frette; brothers Otis (Elena) Frette; Arnold (Bernice) Frette; Luverne (Mary) Frette, and Ardis Frette; sisters-in-law, Phyllis Frette and Delores Frette, Frances (Wilmer) Broer; and brothers- and sisters-in-law, Amos (Verdelle) Friest, Ervin (Avis) Friest, Wilburn (Grayce) Friest, Kenneth (Gladys) Friest, Donald (Marge) Friest, and Robert (Lucille) Friest.

She will be remembered for her kindness and the love of her family and friends.