Lucille Friese, 83, passed away Friday, April 28, 2017, at her home in Cape Girardeau.

She was born June 30, 1933, in Marble Hill, Missouri, to Charles E. and Fern M. James Crader.  She was a graduate of the former Lutesville High School near Marble Hill.  On May 22, 1960, she married Howard D. Friese, at Sedgewickville Lutheran Church in Sedgewickville, Missouri.  They had been married 51 years when Howard passed away October 18, 2011.

The Friese family resided many years in Jefferson City, Missouri.  Lucille was a secretary, working 25 years for the Missouri Division of Social Services.  She was a longtime active member of Our Savior’s Lutheran Church in Jefferson City.

She and Howard moved to Cape Girardeau in 2006.  Lucille was a member of St. Andrew Lutheran Church and a former member of St. Mark Lutheran Church, both in Cape Girardeau.  She enjoyed quilting and sewing with the ladies at church, and is well remembered for sharing home-baked treats with many appreciative friends.

Loving survivors include her son, James Friese of Cape Girardeau; a sister-in-law, Klodean (the late Charles) Crader of Marble Hill; three nieces, Sheree, Cathy, and Connie; a nephew, Mark; and several great and great-great nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her husband; two siblings, Charles Crader and Dorothy Mayfield; and her parents.

Visitation will be Monday, May 1, 2017, from 11 AM to service time, at St. Andrew Lutheran Church in Cape Girardeau.

The funeral is Monday, May 1, 2017, at 12 PM, at the church, with the Rev. Mark Martin officiating.

Due to excessive rain, burial will be held at a later date.

Memorials may take the form of contributions to the American Cancer Society.

Arrangements by McCombs Funeral Home in Cape Girardeau.

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  1. Charlotte Nenninger

    Jim, I met your Dad & Mother when they moved next door to me. What a blessing to have them as neighbors! One of the many loving acts of kindness was when my mother passed in 2009,Lucille stayed at my home to get it ready for the bereavement dinner. By the way among her many talents; she was a wonderful cook and
    baker. I am glad that our paths crossed each other. One life well lived!!! Know that you are in my prayers. With much sympathy,
    Charlotte Nenninger

  2. Lorraine Thompson

    Dear Jim
    You have my Mom, Sister and my deepest sympathy and thoughts during this very difficult time. I know she meant the world to you and vice versa. Your Mom was such a wonderful woman and I so clearly remember the laughs that her and Mom would share. Their friendship knew no boundary even with the distance; they were always connected. My Mom especially sends her well wishes and is greatly saddened by your Mom’s passing but also knows she is at peace. We will continue to think of you and your family during this difficult time and always know the Thompson family welcomes you with open arms. Mom would love to see you. sincerely, Margaret Thompson, Patricia Braun and Lorraine Thompson

  3. Daniel & Diana Luethje

    Dear Jim
    We were sorry to hear of your mother’s passing. Our thoughts and prayers are with you. Seeing her picture brought back so many wonderful memories. We were at your parents’ home on many occasions — always received graciously and served delicious meals and/or desserts. Although she was a quiet woman, she touched many lives. May the Holy Spirit comfort and strengthen you in the days ahead. Love, Diana & Daniel Luethje, Madison, WI

  4. James Carlson

    Dear Jim,

    We were sad to hear about your mother’s passing. She was kind, generous and loving . Lyn and I have many fond memories of her and your father. We lift her up and ask God to bring comfort to you in the weeks and months ahead.

    Jim Carlson and Lyn Konstant

  5. Curtis Klein

    Dear Jim,

    We were so sorry to hear of your mom’s passing. She was such a beautiful lady who touched so many lives. We ask God to comfort you at this very difficult time.

    Our Deepest Sympathy,
    Curtis and Marsha Klein

  6. Pastor and Mrs Klein

    Dear Jim,
    So many good memories of your mom. Her dedication to her Savior through her love of the church she served so well touched many. What a friend, cook. Mother and wife. Hope you are well.
    Our love and prayers are with you.
    Pastor and Pat

  7. Jim and Debbie Schwarzer

    We were very sorry to hear of your mom’s passing. Your Mom and Dad were wonderful neighbors to us as our young marriage blossomed and our children were young. Your Dad always had the most beautiful yard and GREAT garden which I could always count on “over the fence” conversation and produce gathering. Your Mom and I always had a running joke on who would have the laundry on the line first in the morning! They were the most loving and caring people. I was sad and missed them dearly after they moved to the Cape area however, I knew this was best for them because that is where family lived. In life there are people that cross our paths that leave their mark on this our very short lives. For us it was your parents. Folks like them show us that there is Hope in this ever trying World and Belief in a higher power. May you have Peace during this time of your loss and into the future. We still live in the neighborhood. If you get this way you are always welcome. Blessings and Peace. Jim and Debbie Schwarzer

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