Frieda (Greinegger) Noga, 93, of New Hartford, entered into eternal rest on Saturday, May 3, 2014.
Frieda was the fourth of five children born to Matthaus and Theresia (Schatzl) Greinegger. Frieda grew up on a large farm near the village of Michaelnbach in northern Austria. The farm had cattle, horses, pigs and poultry, and the children worked long hours helping their parents on the farm. Frieda left school to work full time on the farm.
During WWII, Frieda's father hired Julian Noga, a Polish farm laborer, to work on his farm. Julian and Frieda fell in love. Because her father objected, and it was against the law for her to be friendly with Poles, to protect Julian, Frieda moved to another farm. Risking arrest, they kept meeting. Frieda applied for a factory job but the boss learned of their relationship and was angry. He told the Gestapo about their relationship, and they were arrested. In November of 1941, Frieda was deported as a political prisoner to Ravensbrueck, a concentration camp for women.
Frieda was released from Ravensbrueck in August 1943. Reunited after the war, Frieda and Julian married on April 24, 1946. They emigrated to the United States in 1948.
In addition to working the family farm, Frieda worked in the cotton mills, with Dunlop Tire, and later, as co-owner of Lincoln-Jenny Memorials.
In 2006, 'The Courtship of Julian and Frieda', a true story detailing the extraordinary story of this couple, was published in 2006.
She was a member of Holy Trinity Catholic Church.
Frieda was a devoted wife and special mother and grandmother. She was the glue that kept the family together. Frieda had a kind and gentle spirit but was never afraid to speak her mind. She was a spiritual woman who loved animals, nature and had a phenomenal garden where she lovingly tended to her flowers.
Surviving Frieda is her beloved husband of 68 years, Julian; daughter, Frieda Heckman and her companion, Jim Stelmach, Clinton; son, Richard Noga, New Hartford; grandchildren, Todd Heckman and his wife, Tina, Pulaski and Eric Heckman, Quincy, MA. Frieda was predeceased by her sisters, Gretl, Resi and Marianne and brother, Matthaus.
In lieu of flowers, please consider remembrances in Frieda's name to the Holy Trinity Catholic Church Memorial Fund or Stevens-Swan Humane Society. Envelopes will be available at the funeral home.
The Noga family extends their gratitude to St. Joseph Nursing Home for the care and compassion shown to Frieda during her stay.
Relatives and friends are invited and may call Tuesday from 4-7 p.m. at Myslinski Funeral Home, 470 French Rd, Utica. Funeral services will be Wednesday at 9:30 a.m. from the funeral home and 10:30 a.m. from Holy Trinity Catholic Church, where a Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated. Entombment will be in the Noga family mausoleum in Holy Trinity Cemetery.
A lady of grace who followed her heart and built her life on love!
RIP Mrs. Noga.
Posted by: Anne Costa | Monday, May 05, 2014
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