Freda Rae (Card) Maher, 69, of Fosterburg, passed away at 3:15 a.m. Tuesday, Oct. 13, 2015, at home with her family by her side.
She was born in St. Louis Feb. 6, 1946, the daughter of the late Raymond William and Freda Lucille (Stutz) Card.
On March 18, 1972, she married Patrick J. Maher.
Freda was a loving wife, mother, mother-in-law and grandmother, with her family being the most important thing in her life. She enjoyed volunteering her time at schools and her churches. She was a longtime member at St. Matthews Catholic Church.
In addition to her husband, she is survived by nine children, Karen (Denny) Walch, Sarah Ramos, Patrick R. (Amy) Maher, Anthony (Laura) Maher, Elizabeth (Jason) Lamparter, Mark (Rachel) Maher, Thomas (Amanda) Maher, Christopher Maher and Brian (Heather) Maher; 19 grandchildren, Claudia, Greg, Pete and Steve Walch; Luke and Phillip Ramos; Katelyn, Lauren and Allison Maher; Samuel, Shane and Henry Maher; Logan and Olivia Lamparter; Aidan Seemiller, Brady and Ashleigh Maher; and Colin and Gibson Maher; a brother, Larry (Jan) Card; and two sisters, Jackie (Gary) Dalton and Cathy (Jim) Czarnecki.
In celebration of her life, visitation will be from 4 until 8 p.m. Friday, Oct. 16, 2015, at Elias, Kallal & Schaaf Funeral Home in Alton.
Funeral service will be at 10 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 17, 2015, at Our Lady Queen of Peace in Bethalto with Father Tom Liebler officiating.
Burial will follow at Fosterburg Cemetery.
Memorials may be directed to Our Lady Queen of Peace School or Masses Fund.
Online condolences and guestbook may be found at www.eliaskallalandschaaf.com.