The Reporter (Lansdale, PA)

Elizabeth (Souder) Frese


Elizabeth (Souder) Frese, 101, of Worcester, passed away Saturday, February 25, 2023, at Meadowood in Worcester. She was the beloved wife of the late Herman C. Frese to whom she was married for over 65 years.

Born September 2, 1921, in Sellersvil­le, she was the daughter of the late Walter B. and Ada Mae (Beisel) Souder who owned and operated the Souder Box Factory located on Central Avenue in Souderton. She was the captain of her high school debate team, salutatori­an and treasurer of her Souderton high school class (1939). Later in life, she received an award as an outstandin­g graduate. After high school, she graduated from Taylor Business School and went to work for Smith Barney pursuing her love of finance.

Betty married Herman C. Frese on September 25, 1943, at Ft. Smith, AR. Prior to returning to Souderton, she became the secretary to the Superinten­dent of School in Elizabetht­own, KY. While living in Kentucky she developed and refined her many artistic talents, including painting. Following the war, Betty and Herman returned to Souderton where they raised their family. Betty was a stay at home mom that was actively involved in her children’s lives. In addition, she was actively involved in Indian Valley Women’s

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Club and the local community. She was a cofounder of the Indianette­s Booster Club for Souderton Area High School. Both Betty and Herman were awarded the Four Chaplain Legion of Honor Membership in recognitio­n of their community service. Although Betty and Herman enjoyed traveling, they always found solace in returning home and spending their summers along the Delaware River in Byram, NJ. They also enjoyed watching Philadelph­ia sports together. Following Herman’s passing, Betty moved to Meadowood where she has resided for the last 14 years. Throughout her life she enjoyed her family.

She is survived by her children, Christophe­r R. Frese and his wife, Susan, of Conestoga, PA, and Wendy F. Irwin and her husband, Joseph, of Washington Boro, PA; her daughters-in-law, Mary Lou Harkins and Carol Frese; eight grandchild­ren; 13 greatgrand­children; and two great-great grandchild­ren.

In addition to her husband, she was predecease­d by her sons, Richard S. Frese and W. Scott Frese.

Relatives and friends are invited to her memorial service at 11 AM on Thursday, March 2, 2023, at Meadowood Strasburg Auditorium, 3205 W. Skippack Pike, Lansdale, PA 19446, where the family will greet friends following the service. Interment will be at Leidy’s Church Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, contributi­ons may be made in her memory to Meadowood Resident Associatio­n 3205 W. Skippack Pike Lansdale, PA 19446. Online condolence­s may be made to the family at www.RLWilliams­FuneralHom­e. com*

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