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Martha Hilda Van Hassel Froelich
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Birth: Feb. 20, 1921
Fresno
Fresno County
California, USA
Death: Nov. 24, 2004
Fresno
Fresno County
California, USA

Martha was the older of two daughters born to Ralph and Elsie Van Hassel in Fresno, California. She grew up on a farm on Valentine Avenue, and at the age of 16, was the class of 1937 valedictorian for Washington Union High School. At Fresno State College, she was a proud member of Tokalon, a scholarship organization for women. After graduating from Fresno State College at the age of 20 with a zoology major, she attended UCLA to acquire her teaching credential. Her first job was teaching General Science at Antelope Valley High School in Lancaster, California, where her students were only about 3 or 4 years her junior. She was a wonderful and enthusiastic teacher, resulting in her being loved by students and staff alike. She made life-long friends while living and teaching there for 9 years. Martha returned to her home town of Fresno in 1952 to raise a family with her husband Ray Froelich. She was a loving and devoted wife and mother. Necessity lead her to return to work after her children reached school age, so she began a career as an elementary school teacher for Fresno Unified School District at Calwa Elementary, and continued working until retiring from Viking Elementary School in 1978. Martha was always a fun-loving person, enjoying her life to the max. She loved dancing, hiking, traveling, going to the theater, baking, and cooking. She enjoyed listening to music, be it the Fresno Philharmonic Orchestra, musicals at Roger Rocka's, Andre Riue and his orchestra, or the Strauss concert from Vienna on New Year's Day. She loved making friends and being a friend. She was alsways doing things for others. She loved being with her grandchildren. She was active in her church, her Bridge clubs, her bowling league, her exercies class, and Tokalon. She was a breast cancer survivor. Martha was an optimist, always up-beat, looking forward to eventuallyt reaching her 100th birthday. Martha died on November 15th, 2004 at the age of 83, as the result of the traumatice brain injury caused by a car crash. She was loved by many, and will be forever in our hearts. 
 
Burial:
Chapel of the Light Columbarium
Fresno
Fresno County
California, USA
 
Created by: csequoia
Record added: Mar 29, 2009
Find A Grave Memorial# 35328741
Martha Hilda <i>Van Hassel</i> Froelich
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