Obituary of Allene Rose Freitas
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Allene Rose Freitas December 13, 1927 – September 16, 2022 Allene Freitas passed from this life Friday, September 16, at the age of ninety-four. In a lifetime of love she touched others with her bountiful generosity, and inspired and nurtured friendships and family ties. Those who mourn her passing knew her as a wife, aunt, cousin, supporter, and friend. Her husband William (Bill) Freitas predeceased her in 2012, and her loved ones rejoice that the two have been reunited. Allene was born in Hanford and grew up there and in Hollister. Her parents Dario and Rose Freitas raised her and her two sisters, Carmina and Gertie, and the family was a fixture in Hollister for many years. “Auntie” graduated from Sacred Heart School and Hollister High School, married “Uncle” Bill in 1949, and spent decades as a legal secretary for the Hollister firm of O’Brien and Borrelli. She and Bill also stayed true to their roots by cultivating hundreds of acres of different crops on their San Juan Valley farm, where her nieces and nephews were introduced to the character-building work of harvesting apples, apricots, prunes, and walnuts. Her family is particularly grateful for the masterful and compassionate assistance Allene received from her caregiver, Tammy Stone, and for the diligent, selfless work of maintaining her farm and residence by long-time friend and neighbor Bob Peed. Without their efforts Auntie could not have stayed in her home of nearly sixty years. Allene is survived by sister Gertie, eleven nieces and nephews and their children, and truly countless friends who knew her and Bill for many years as church parishioners, civic volunteers, and neighbors. Allene’s transition to salvation leaves a void in those of us left behind, but the sadness is lessened by knowing her spirit is with God. Per her wishes, a small family gathering with take place for a graveside service. A well-earned celebration of Auntie’s life, to which all her friends and loved ones will be invited, will follow in the coming days. Memorial contributions are preferred through the American Cancer Society. Condolences may be sent through Grunnagle-Ament-Nelson Funeral Home and Mortuary (www.grunnagle.com).
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