Frieda l. Banitt - Zumbrota

Frieda L. Banitt, age 102, of Zumbrota died on Wednesday, September 19, 2012 at the Zumbrota Health Services. The funeral service will be on Friday, September 28, 2012 at 11:00 AM at United Redeemer Lutheran Church, 560 West 3rd Street, Zumbrota with Pastor Susan Vikstrom officiating. Burial will in Zumbrota Cemetery. Visitation will be held on Thursday, September 27, 2012 from 5:00 - 8:00 PM at the Mahn Family Funeral Home - Larson Chapel in Zumbrota and on Friday one hour prior to the service at the church.

Frieda Louise Banitt, daughter of Theodore and Louise Stiller, was born Dec. 30, 1909, in Roscoe Township near Zumbrota, and was raised by Louis and Emma Starz following the death of her mother.

Frieda died Wednesday, Sept. 19, 2012.

She was a lifelong resident of Zumbrota. Frieda married Walter Banitt on June 26, 1930. She was happily married to Walter Banitt, for 35 years until his death in 1965.

She is survived by three sons and their wives, Dr. Louis and Pat Banitt, Ames Iowa; Pastor Paul and Sharon Banitt, Maple Grove; and Pastor Robert and Harriet (Dixie) Banitt, Maryville, Ill.; nine grandchildren, Jonathan (and Inga) Banitt, Peter (Susan) Banitt, Lisa (Bill) Banitt-Barry, Carlotta (Lon) Rosebrock, Hans (Alissa) Banitt, Nicholas Banitt, John (Shannon) Banitt, David (Karen) Banitt and Michael (Anne) Banitt. She had 17 great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.

Frieda was a faithful Christian, a loyal and loving wife, a devoted mother, and a successful business woman. Her faith in the Lord Jesus kept her strong and focused and her family was her treasure and pride. And she committed much time and energy to the success of Banitt’s Store, first as the wife of the owner and, for 15 years, as independent owner.

Frieda and Walter belonged to Christ Lutheran Church where she served as the organist for many years. In l962, they joined United Redeemer Lutheran Church where she had continued in faithful attendance.

Frieda loved growing flowers and vegetables, and maintained a colorful and productive garden for many years. She loved to bake and always had homemade sweets in her home. She knit and crocheted dozens of afghans which she shared with many friends and all her children, grandchildren and great -grandchildren. She enjoyed independent living until late this summer.

She will be missed by many who enjoyed her friendship and her knowledge of the history of the community.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be designated to United Redeemer Lutheran Church, 560 West Third Street, Zumbrota, Minnesota, 55992, or the charity of your choice.