Katharina Helena Freeman
Katharina Helena Freeman (Bryant), called “Nina” or “Kathy” by
family and friends, passed away peacefully on Sunday June 28 in
Charlotte, surrounded by her husband, brother, and loving daughter.
Nina was born to loving parents on Jan. 14, 1972, the middle of
three children in Bethesda, Md. After the tragic death of Nina’s
mother, Lydia Bryant, in 1974, Nina and her sister Lisa and brother Eric
were raised at various times by their father, Ed Bryant “Eddie”, and
his parents, Edward and Virginia Bryant (formerly of Hat Creek).
In 1983, her father
married Susan Douds, adding two younger stepsisters, Jennifer and
Emily, to the family. Ed and Susan settled in Toms River, N.J., for most
of Nina’s remaining school years. After graduating from Toms River
North High School in New Jersey, Nina moved to Montgomery County, Md.,
to live with her grandparents, Ed and Virginia Bryant. It was in
Maryland Nina met her husband, Joe Freeman, with whom she was blessed to
have a beautiful daughter, Allie.
As a young child, Nina especially enjoyed summer trips with her
grandparents to visit family in Denver, Fremont County, and Niobrara
County. Roaming ranches and farms, exploring farmyards and animals,
riding horses and looking for rocks in the Seaman Hills were cherished
early memories of hers. Later as a teenager she always enjoyed visiting
and meeting her young second cousins as they grew.
As an adult, Nina greatly enjoyed gatherings with family,
playing games, watching movies, reading books, listening to music,
fishing and especially enjoyed laughing along with all of the small
pearls of life which she frequently found in everyday life. She enjoyed
her time working for real estate agents in Maryland, and also made many
friends working for Giant grocery stores. Nina always looked forward to
beach vacations with Joe’s parents, Bob and Linda, and family at Ocean
City, Md. Fishing trips with Joe and Allie at different locations
throughout Maryland were treasured times together. Nina also enjoyed
several summer trips with her daughter to visit her grandmother,
brother, sister and other family members in Wyoming and Nebraska, which
always included a day trip to the mountains near Laramie, refreshing her
spirits. Most importantly, Nina deeply loved the opportunity to be
Allie’s mother and was so happy to have such a sweet and caring daughter
with whom she could share her love.
Nina was preceded in death by her parents, Ed and Lydia Bryant,
grandfather Edward C. Bryant, cousin Robert Kirkpatrick, aunt Bonnie
Kirkpatrick (Bryant), along with her family from Germany, including
grandparents Rudolf and Antoinett Weigmann, cousin Joachin Ehbrecht,
aunts Netti Glimm and Missi Vroegop (both Weigmann), and uncles Erich
and Walter Weigmann. She is survived by her husband Joe Freeman and
their daughter Allie (Charlotte), stepson Calvin, grandmother Virginia
Bryant (Laramie), sister Lisa Bryant (Scottsbluff, Neb.), brother Eric
Bryant and family (Laramie), cousin Katie McGuire and family (Colorado
Springs, Colo.), stepsisters Jennifer Roberts and Emily Thompson McClain
and families (Charlotte), stepmother Susan Bryant (Charlotte), aunt
Lotti Ehbrecht (Wismar, Germany), and many more first cousins throughout
Germany, Netherlands, Namibia, and South Africa.
Viewing and graveside services are scheduled for Monday, July
6, 2020 at 9:30 a.m. and 10:30 a.m., respectively, in Lusk, managed by
Pier Funeral Home and officiated by the Rev. Mark Lohr.
In lieu of flowers, the family would appreciate donations made
in Nina’s honor to the Muscular Dystrophy Association, American Cancer
Society, or the American Heart Association.
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|Birth Record||Bryant, Howell (10/30/1923)||View Record||Birth Record||Bryant, Girl (02/03/1922)||View Record||Birth Record||Bryant, George (03/24/1945)||View Record||Birth Record||Bryant, Gregory (01/18/1988)||View Record||Obituary||Bryant, Douglas (10/17/1946 - 07/23/1994)||View Record||Obituary||Bryant, George (04/17/1925 - 01/30/1945)||View Record||Obituary||Bryant, Howell (10/30/1923 - 07/06/2007)||View Record||Obituary||Bryant, Edward (06/28/1915 - 01/17/2008)||View Record||Cemetery Record||FREEMAN, KATHARINA||View Record|