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Barbara Joan (Hoshal) Freiberg, age 81, passed Thursday, May 31, 2018 at the Hospice House of Mid-Michigan in Lansing from complications of Parkinson’s Disease.

Barbara was born on July 14, 1936 in Windsor, Ontario. After graduation from secondary school in Windsor in 1954, Barbara attended the University of Michigan studying operatic vocal performance. She later earned a Bachelor of Vocal Music Degree from Michigan State University. Barbara spent the next three decades as a loving mother raising her three children in Lansing and Okemos. During this time, Barbara was active in many philanthropic and musical organizations including: The Junior League of Lansing, Women’s Club of Lansing, Lansing Matinee Musicale, Steiner Chorale, East Lansing Arts Chorale, and Lange Singers. She was also a very popular private voice and piano teacher for dozens of students in Okemos. Recently, Barb was an active member in the Martin Luther Chapel Choir, and the DeWitt Community Singers. The love of music and the companionship of her friends were constant themes in Barbara’s life.

Barbara had many other talents other than music. She was a master gardener and gourmet cook. Her Sunday family dinners were always dotingly prepared and enjoyed by all. Barbara was also a rabid University of Michigan football fan. She would often attend or watch games with her grandchildren, ensuring their indoctrination into the fandom of the “Maize and Blue.”

In 1990, Barbara married Walter Freiberg and spent the next 26 years living a blissful existence until his death in 2016. Much of this time was spent “Up North” on Lake Charlevoix and Petoskey where they hosted and entertained weekly influxes of friends and family throughout the years. As Walt’s health declined in the last years of his life, Barbara’s greatest expression of her love was the care she gave to her ailing husband.

Barbara was preceded in passing by her husband, Walter Freiberg; parents, Leta & Raymond Hoshal; and brothers, Robert and Ross Hoshal. She will be especially missed by her three children and their families, Bryan & Lynn McLeod, Elizabeth (McLeod) & Roger Davis, and Wendy (McLeod) & Jim York, as well as her five grandchildren, Alex McLeod, Regina McLeod, Ian McLeod, Samuel York, and Luke York.

Barbara’s memorial service will take place at 11:00 a.m. on Tuesday, June 5, 2018 at Martin Luther Chapel, 444 Abbot Rd., East Lansing, with Pastor Dave Dressel officiating. Visitation will be held one hour prior to the service at 10:00 a.m. She will be laid to rest next to Walter at Fort Custer National Cemetery, 15501 W. Dickman Road, Augusta, at 2:30 p.m., Tuesday afternoon.

Special thanks for support are given to Walt’s children, especially Art and Debbie Schroeder, Bill and LuAnn Freiberg, and Rich and Sandy Freiberg. The family is also grateful for the friendship and religious guidance from Pastor Dave Dressel, and Pastor Curt Dwyer, of Martin Luther Chapel in East Lansing.

Memorial Contributions in Barbara’s memory may be made to the Martin Luther Chapel, (, or Michigan’s Parkinson’s Foundation, (

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Arrangements are entrusted to Michigan Cremation & Funeral Care, Grand Rapids. Exclusive provider of Veterans Funeral Care.


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  1. Heather Walton on May 31, 2018 at 6:46 pm

    I offer my sincere condolences to theFreiburg family. It can be hard to find comfort after the loss of a loved one. In these times we often wonder will suffering ever end. The bible tells us that “soon suffering will be no more.” and that we can “look to God for comfort in all of our trials.” (Revelation 21: 3,4) – (2 Corinthians 1: 3, 4)

  2. Skoczylas Family on June 4, 2018 at 10:57 am

    Wendy – very sorry to hear of your mother’s passing. We are thinking of you and your family at this time.

    The Lord bless thee, and keep thee:

    The Lord make his face shine upon thee, and be gracious unto thee:

    The Lord lift up his countenance upon thee, and give thee peace.

  3. Nancy Kohler on June 4, 2018 at 3:03 pm

    My thoughts and prayers are with you at this difficult time. Barb will be greatly missed.

  4. Hannah and Michael Rausch on June 4, 2018 at 9:59 pm

    To my dear cousins, Bryan, Liz, Wendy and their families, Michael and I send our heartfelt condolences to the loss of your Mom. Aunt Barbara was always a sweet and nurturing presence. I remember her always around the holidays, baking goodies, spreading love and good cheer. She will be missed indeed. Our thoughts, prayers, and love to you.

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