Published in The Capital on October 14, 2011
Fredericka Owen Crandell, 94, of Kendallville, IN, died October 11. She was born June 9,
1917, in Washington, DC, to Richard B. and Fredericka (Smith) Owen. She was a
graduate of Western High School (1935) and Strayer College.
She married James Lerch Crandell in Washington, DC in 1939. She spent many
summers on the Chesapeake Bay in Shady Side, where her parents had a summer
cottage. Fredericka met her husband of 52 years in Shady Side and lived there most of
her adult life. She remained in Maryland until moving to Indiana in October 2003.
In her youth, Fredericka, "Freddie", loved Girl Scouting and was a member of the DAR.
She attended the Presbyterian church as a child. She was an active member of St.
John's Episcopal Church in Shady Side and attended Christ Episcopal Church in West
River in later years. Freddie was also a member of the Shady Side Rural Heritage
Society. She kept beautiful rose gardens and African violets were always in bloom on the
kitchen window sills.
She was extremely proud of her Welsh heritage and interested in her family genealogy. In
1994, she and her daughter, Sarah, traveled to Wales and visited her ancestor's
homesteads in Maethlon near Aberdovey.
In addition to her husband, James Lerch Crandell, and her son, Jimmy Lerch Crandell,
she was preceded in death by her sister, Frances Taylor; and two brothers, Richard B.
Owen and George C. Owen. She is survived by two daughters, Gwendolyn C. Klein and
husband George C. of Prince Frederick, and Sarah and Martin Thomas of Hudson, IN;
three grandchildren, George C. Klein II, Cynthia D. Zacharias and James C. Crandell;
and great-granddaughter, Elizabeth R. Klein.
A private burial will take place at Christ Episcopal Church, West River.
The family has requested that in lieu of flowers, memorials be made to Shady Side Rural
Heritage Society, PO Box 89, Shady Side, MD 20764 or to the First Presbyterian
Church, 200 W. Michigan Street, LaGrange, IN 46761-1820.
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