WILLIAMSBURG — Margaret A. Friedl, 81, passed away Tuesday, July 27, 2021, at her home with her loving family by her side. She was preceded in death by her beloved husband, Kenneth A. Friedl on May 21, 2020.
Margaret was born March 28, 1940, in Cleveland, Ohio. She was the oldest of three siblings, including sister, Jeanne Kocisko and brother Michael Dernyar (deceased). After finishing her Catholic education, she completed beautician school and began a career as a hair stylist in downtown Cleveland, Ohio. Along the way, she eventually met her husband of 58 years, Kenneth Friedl, during a dance at Cleveland State University (formerly Fenn College). Margaret and Kenneth were married Aug. 11, 1962, at St. Catherine’s Church in Cleveland, Ohio.
Margaret and her husband had three sons; she raised them during the day, and then would go to work at night when her husband returned home from his job. Margaret excelled at selling woman’s clothing at various department stores, including Gimbels, Horne’s, Dillard’s, Leggett’s, and Belk. Margaret always enjoyed interacting with customers. In fact, she had many repeat customers over the years. Margaret achieved the prestigious Pacesetter Award from Dillard’s for 10 straight years. During her career, Margaret generated over $10 million dollars in sales for various department stores.
After retirement, Margaret and her husband traveled the world on cruise ships. Her favorite destination was Hawaii. Although she was a very private person, Margaret was the kindest and most compassionate person you’d ever meet; she always focused on the goodness in people. Her never-ending energy, upbeat personality, and smile were infectious. Margaret enjoyed spending time with her grandchildren but was also an avid gardener, was a stickler for organization and cleanliness, and was always punctual.
Margaret is survived by her sister, Jeanne Kocisko (Larry); sons, Ken Friedl (Mary Jo), Thomas Friedl (Charlene) and Robert Friedl; and grandchildren, Kenny Friedl, Michael Friedl, Justin Friedl, Robert A. Friedl, Maggie Bowens, Desiree Silver and Morrie Silver.
A memorial Mass will be offered at 11 a.m., Tuesday, Aug. 3, at Saint Bede Catholic Church.
Memorial contributions may be made to Saint Bede Catholic Church, Williamsburg.
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