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FREDA H. GORMAN
February 25, 1922 ~ January 8, 2024 (age 101) 101 Years Old
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Freda Helen Gorman (nee Unterberger) passed on to heaven in her home surrounded by loved ones on Monday, January 8, 2024, at the extraordinary age of 101.
Freda was born to Elizabeth and John Unterberger on February 25, 1922, in Philadelphia, PA. She graduated from John W. Hallahan Catholic Girls High School in 1940. Freda went on to work civil service for many years, retiring as a budget analyst at Fort Dix.
In her hometown of Philadelphia, she met the love of her life, James Aloysius Gorman, in what her family holds dear as the most beautiful love story. While visiting her brother before they went off to fight in World War II, James first met Freda and it was love at first sight for him. He later told her brother that he planned to marry his kid sister if he made it back from the war. James heroically served in the 82nd Airborne during WWII and kept his word, returning home to sweep her off her feet and soon marry her. They cherished each other for 63 loving years of marriage. When asked what the secret is to a long life, her answer was always “having a good husband.” She was predeceased by James on January 3, 2010.
Freda is survived by five children: Freda, Johanna, James, Colleen, and Patricia (Al) Lowry. She leaves behind three beloved grandchildren; Hanna Gorman, Morgan Mason, and Sarah Forman, and six great-grandchildren; Elijah, Brienna, Isaiah, CJ, Nelson, and Amaya.
Freda had music in her heart. She would burst into song if you happened to string together a few words that were in a lyric and, if you were really lucky, you might even get a dance. She loved big band music. She enjoyed skiing, weekends down the shore, trips to the Atlantic City casinos with her best friend Julie Gray and traveling. As the matriarch, the love she had for her family was as great as it was unconditional. Her stories of the memories she made in her beautiful life would captivate a room and draw in young and old to listen. She will be dearly missed.
Freda was a parishioner of St. Ann’s Church since 1955 and a member of the Altar and Rosary Society.
Visitation and viewing will be held at The Lankenau Funeral Home, 370 Lakehurst Road, Browns Mills, NJ 08015 on Tuesday, January 16th from 6 - 8pm. The Liturgy of the Christian Burial will be celebrated at St. Ann’s Church, 22 Trenton Road, Browns Mills, NJ 08015 on Wednesday, January 17th at 11am. Interment will be held at a later date at Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington, Virginia. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to St. Ann's Church.