Traverse City Record-Eagle


May 22, 2014

Freda C. Chippewa

PESHAWBESTOWN — Freda Carrie (Cobb) Chippewa, 84, of Peshawbestown, passed away Monday, May 19, 2014, at Munson Medical Center.

Freda was born July 10, 1929, in Peshaw-bestown, the daughter of James and Carrie (Mathesis) Cobb. On Feb. 25, 1976, in Leland, she married Raymond W. “Chip” Chippewa, who preceded her in death on May 14, 2000.

Freda was a member of the Grand Traverse Band of Ottawa and Chippewa Indians and a Tribal Elder.

She worked for many years at Michigan Bulb in Grand Rapids and held a variety of jobs when she moved back to Peshawbestown.

She enjoyed participating in the GTB Elders’ activities and other events in the Peshawbestown community. Bingo was one of her favorite activities along with attending the Peshawbestown pow-wow, where she could enjoy the company of family and friends.

Her smile and laughter was always gracious and inviting; everyone knew Freda and enjoyed her humor. She had a wealth of stories from her long life and she loved to visit. Freda was a walking historian regarding local Tribal genealogy as she knew everyone.

Freda is survived by her children, Arlene Kashata, Yvonne Gale, Jerome “Butch” Seegraves and Richard Seegraves; 18 grandchildren; 41 great-grandchildren; one great-great-grandson; and many loving nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her siblings, Ivan, Rubin, Art, Melvin, Willard, Marion, Isabelle and Alvina.

Visitation will be at the Strong Heart Center in Peshawbestown at 2 p.m. on Thursday, May 22. A Traditional Anishinaabe Ceremony will be held on Thursday at 7:30 p.m., followed by a meal. The Traditional funeral service, with a luncheon included, will be held at 10 a.m. on Friday, May 23, at the Strong Heart Center. A 5 p.m. burial will follow at the Omena Hillcrest Cemetery. Larry “Amik” Smallwood will officiate.

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Arrangements are with the Martinson Funeral Home of Suttons Bay.

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