Patricia "Trish" Friestadt grew up in Marion, IN, with her father, Robert (Bud) Kittle, and two brothers, Robert and James Kittle. She trained at the Idyl Wyld Roller Palace and was National Roller Figure Skating Champion in 1962, 1963 and 1964. She devoted her life to being a loving and selfless wife and mother.
She is survived by her husband of 50 years, Richard Friestadt, and two children, Jennifer O'Rourke and Jeffrey Friestadt. She is also survived by a niece, Tammy Kittle Colvin; great nephew, Randy Colvin; and five grandchildren, Erin Osborne, Heather Friestadt, Alexander O'Rourke, Aaron O'Rourke and James O'Rourke.
In retirement, she began dancing. She performed her first show in 2006 at Venice Theater in Venice, FL, and became a Silver Fox in 2010. She went out of her way to mentor, teach and encourage dancers, especially beginners. Her true passion was being the dance captain of the Showtime Dancers Benefit.
There is no memorial scheduled. Rather than grieving her passing, her wish is that we celebrate her life. She valued having fun and living in the moment. She believed in being positive, viewing the cup as half full and maintaining a sense of humor.
Published on September 25, 2017