Rosemary (Toots) Frickel
The good Lord Jesus came to take our loving mother, Rosemary (Toots) Frickel, home with Him on January 24, 2017. She was born on April 6, 1934, to Henry and Molly Schmidt in Laurel, Montana. Toots grew up in Laurel with her four siblings. She later married the love of her life, Harold Frickel, on September 2, 1950. Together they were able to celebrate 50 wonderful years of marriage. Toots was very active and enjoyed dancing with Harold, playing Bingo, playing cards with the girls, and going to the senior center. She worked various jobs throughout her lifetime, although she was most passionate about following her kids and grandkids around to watch them in various sporting events.
Rosemary was preceded in death by her parents Henry and Molly Schmidt, husband Harold Frickel, sister Clara and brother Red. Toots is survived by her brother Jack (Nancy) Schmidt, Lori (Jerry) Cooney, and children Lonny Frickel, Karla (Rod) Riesinger, Rhonda (Bruce) Lefler, and Robin (Don) Schultz. She is also survived by her grandchildren, Stacy (Nic), Derrick (Denise), Ashley (Blake), Jena (Andrew), Beca (Nate), and Rylee and four great-grandchildren Kameron, Kolter, Lilly, and Keaton.
Toots was always true to her word with family and friends and valued them more than anything! She lived with her heart wide open, always giving to those around her. She had a stubborn German side to her that would often come out, especially when she thought she was right! Those who were privileged enough to know Toots knew she was the foundation of her family. She was always laughing, making jokes, and pointing that crooked finger while scolding you. She looked forward to spending time with loved ones and watching her grand and great-grandchildren grow.
Thank you to the many that have helped, loved and cared for mom throughout her life. Toot’s memory will be forever in our hearts. She will be greatly missed and remembered as a loving mother, sister, grandmother and friend. She is now with her Savior and is polka dancing and playing pinochle with Harold, watching over us all.
There was a viewing Sunday January 29. A memorial service was on Monday January 30, at the First Congregational Church in Laurel. Following the service the interment was held at the Laurel Cemetery. After internment, a luncheon was held to celebrate Toot’s life at the First Congregational Church.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Laurel’s First Congregational Church or the Laurel Hometown Troops in her name.