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Thekla "Frieda" Darr, 85, passed away Dec. 24, 2016.
She was born Aug. 22, 1931, in Spittal, Austria. Named after her grandmother, Thekla, she was known as Frieda to family and friends. Mrs. Darr was a resident of Rockwall for 62 years and was very proud of her American citizenship she obtained in 1962. Mrs. Darr had a green thumb and could grow anything. Gardening was her passion. As family and neighbors know, Mrs. Darr and husband Clayton could always be found working in their garden until their physical health no longer permitted. She enjoyed playing practical jokes and listening to music, especially western and polka. Mrs. Darr was an excellent cook and very proud of her many one-of-a-kind recipes. Every year for her husband's birthday, she made schnitzel and her special German chocolate cake.
She is survived by her daughters: Freda Winkfein and husband Jeff and Patricia Chamberlin and husband Terry; son: David Darr and wife Janet; grandchildren: Jeff Winkfein Jr. and wife Sarah, Jennifer Webb and husband Steve, Joshua Winkfein and wife Michelle, Zachary Chamberlin, Sarah Hardi and husband Cody and Lauren Darr; great grandchildren: Christopher, Colton, Nathan and Brooklyn Winkfein, Christian and Kaitlyn Renfroe, Ethan Webb, Wyatt Hardi and Eli Thompson; sisters: Erika Oberhuber and husband Gabriel and Annemarie Thaler; and other family members in Austria. She was preceded in death by her husband of 62 years, Clayton Darr; her mother Josefine Edlinger Pesentheiner; and brother Hansel Pesentheiner.
Funeral services will be held 1 p.m., Friday, Dec. 30, 2016, at Rest Haven Funeral Home-Rockwall Chapel with Rev. Gil Mediana officiating. Interment will follow in Heath Cemetery. The family will receive friends at the funeral home prior to the service beginning at 12 noon.
Published on December 28, 2016
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