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On Jan. 13th, my time came to say goodbye to family and friends. My next journey will be meeting Ed at the Eastern gate.

The three months without my partner of 68 years were very difficult. However, my family has been so supportive and gave me motivation to enjoy my life.

Those important to me are: brother Leo Eckhardt, sisters Clara Hensley, Mae and Richard Sartorie, Irene Cook, Betty and John Strecker, Delores Luff, Alice and Andy Stene, special sister-in-law Violet Eckhardt and special friend Jose Godinez.

The other siblings gone before me are Theodore Eckhardt, Helen Williams, Richard Eckhardt, Wilbur Eckhardt, Robert Eckhardt, Arthur Eckhardt and Agnes Eckhardt.

Freda Eckhardt Fode, 89, of Billings, passed away Tuesday, Jan. 13, 2009, at Billings Clinic Hospital. Freda was born in Billings, Feb. 22, 1919, to Jacob Eckhardt and Katherine Heimbichner.

She married Edwin Fode on July 6, 1940, in Billings. To that union were born two daughters, Agnes and Edna. Agnes is married to Roger Reich and they live in Surprise, Ariz. Edna is married to Robert Bussey, also of Surprise. Ed preceded her in death, Oct. 22, 2008.

Freda has four grandchildren and three great-grandchildren. Grandchildren are: Major Christopher Reich, his wife Shannon and daughter Danielle. Chris will be serving in Iraq shortly. Wende Reich of Surprise, Denise Bussey of Surprise, Aaron Bussey, his wife Erin and children Caleb and Hailey of Phoenix.

Now that I am gone I hope you all enjoy every day of your life, it is God's gift to us.

Memorials can be made to the Women's Missionary Group at the Freedom Center or to the charity of one's choice.

Visitation will be 4 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 15, at Michelotti-Sawyers Mortuary. Funeral services will be 10 a.m. Friday, Jan. 16, at Freedom Church, 550 32nd St. West, with interment to follow at Mountview Cemetery.

Remembrances may be shared with the family by visiting www.michelottisawyers.com.

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