Celia A. Freese

Celia A. Freese of Foristell passed away Saturday, July 25, 2020 at the age of 86.

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She is survived by her sons Carl-Hermann Freese, and wife, Elaine Jaspering of Foristell, MO, William Charles Freese, and wife, Kathy Flower, of Columbia, MO, and Timothy Carl Alverson Freese, and wife Cindy Alverson, of Columbia, MO; her grand-children, Thor and wife, Tara Freese, and Gabriel R. Freese, of Foristell, MO, Kay and Shannon Freese of Columbia, MO, Kirstin and husband, Dustin Floyd, Jessica and Joshuah Alverson Freese of Columbia, MO; her great-grandchildren Malia Loos, Alana and Toran Freese of Foristell, MO.  She is further survived by her brother Karl Hugh Staubach, as well as numerous nieces and nephews.  She was preceded in death by her mother, Addelle Julia Esther (Mysen) (Wilsie) Staubach, her father, Maurice James Wilsie, and her dad, Charles Neff Staubach, her husband, Raymond William Freese; as well as two brothers, Michael Wilsie and Nicholas Wilsie.

Celia was born on January 25, 1934, to Addelle Julia Esther (Mysen) Wilsie and Maurice James Wilsie in Anne Arbor, Michigan. Charles Neff Staubach became her dad, when he married her mother Addelle in 1937, adopting her legally.  Celia married Raymond William Freese, son of Hermann Emil and Lydia Dorothea (Giessmann) Freese of Cappeln, Missouri, on August 10, 1957, at The Chapel, in Columbia, Missouri. Celia attended Stephens College in Columbia, receiving her Associates degree in Preschool Education, as well as the University of Missouri - Columbia, receiving her Bachelor degree in Early Elementary Education. She did her student teaching at Franklin Elementary in Saint Charles, and later taught for the Wentzville school district.  Celia eventually took a position teaching elementary children at Daniel Boone Elementary school located in New Melle, where she worked for three decades.  She enjoyed meeting the educational needs of the children there.  She loved talking about how doing even slight individualization of the learning environment helped some kids to better excel in the classroom, and how showing a personal interest in their growth helped their confidence.  She would draw cute signs with her art skills, and used to say that students would frequently take to classroom rules presented by characters, such as Snoopy, more than rules presented by the teacher themselves.  She was a pioneer in integrating the use of computers in her classroom for more than math games. She authored and used classroom curriculum for her class that taught mapping skills and problem solving, making use of the early Apple computer that her classroom had access to.  She dabbled in poetry and spent her later years pursuing genealogy research about her family.

Visitation:  Saturday, August 1, 2020 from 9:00 am to 11:00 am at St. John’s UCC, Cappeln, Missouri with service immediately following, and interment in the church cemetery.

The family appreciates your continued prayers and support, and in lieu of flowers the family requests memorials in honor of Celia to be sent to St. John’s United Church of Christ (Cappeln).
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