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Jo Fryrear - February 26, 2011


Genevieve “Jo” Ardel (Thompson) Fryrear was born Jan. 8, 1918 to Arthur and Nettie (Armagost) Thompson on their farm near Holyoke. She died Feb. 26, 2011 at her residence in Holyoke at the age of 93.

Genevieve was the last of six children of Arthur and Nettie. Their home was located southwest of Holyoke. Genevieve grew up learning to help others and loved to farm, garden and raise animals.

Genevieve was united in marriage to Merle Hayward Fryrear Feb. 28, 1937 at the parsonage in Paoli. They eventually bought a farm southwest of Paoli that became the home place for their family. Through dedication, hard work, love and teamwork, Merle and Jo lived a wonderful and fulfilling life doing what they both loved—farming, gardening and raising animals and their children.

Genevieve was a member of the Wages Methodist Church and Holyoke Methodist Church. For many years Genevieve was a member of the Methodist Women’s Society. She also taught Sunday School and was the pianist for the church. She also was the leader for 4-H clubs in the community. She served as an electoral judge for elections in the Paoli precinct. Jo was also involved in the Quilting Club that made quilts for the local hospital.

Genevieve was preceded in death by her husband, Merle Fryrear; parents; brothers, John and Ralph Thompson and their wives; sisters, Faye Guernsey, Edna Ferguson and Mary Fryrear and their husbands; brothers-in-law, William Fryrear and wife Marjory and Charles Fryrear; and grandson, Gary Fryrear.

She is survived by her son, Max and wife Candace of Haxtun; daughter, Sharon Hergenreter and husband Stan of Denver; grandchildren, Jerry Fryrear and wife Anne, Michael Fryrear and wife Kathryn, Melinda Fryrear Thomas and husband David, Sara Jo Hergenreter Hostetler and husband Kevin of Highlands Ranch and Kyle Hergenreter and fiancée Suzanne Coffman of Littleton; great-grandchildren, Dakota, Makalah and Jasper Fryrear, Madison, Rachel, Max Hayward and Kirk Fryrear, Carrie Louise, Matthew and Ryan Thomas and Indiana and Finn Hostetler; sister-in-law, Cleo Fryrear; and many nieces, nephews and dear friends.

The funeral service for Genevieve Ardel Fryrear was held March 5 at First United Methodist Church in Holyoke. Interment followed at Holyoke Cemetery. Gary Sperber and Pastor Paul Sung officiated at the services.

The family has requested that memorial contributions be made to the United Methodist Church Scholarship Fund.

Arrangements were directed by Baucke Funeral Home.