Batesville Herald Tribune, Batesville, Indiana

January 24, 2014

Freda Mae (Volz) Pleak, Greensburg, 93

The Batesville Herald-Tribune

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Freda Mae (Volz) Pleak, Greensburg, the 93-year-old matriarch of the Pleak family, and wife to Walter Eugene Pleak, passed away peacefully Thursday, Jan. 23, 2014. 

Freda is remembered for her sweet smile, her determination, her love of family, friends, church and, of course, her family business. 

Freda was born Nov. 3, 1920, in Lookout of Ripley County. She was the beloved daughter of Alex and Mary Catherine (Mamie Crum) Volz. 

The 1938 graduate of Osgood High School was a cheerleader there. She grew up as a member of St. Pius Catholic Church, Ripley County. Her grandfather, Alexius Volz, donated the land for the school and church to be built on for $1. Years later, Freda and her husband could always be found working the quilt booth at the annual St. Pius summer picnic. 

She met her husband at a dance at Liberty Park, Batesville. Walter swept Freda off her feet and even earned permission from Freda’s brother Charles to drive her home that evening. The two were married July 26, 1941, in the rectory of St. Mary’s Catholic Church, Greensburg. Their love and commitment for each other is recorded throughout their 71 years of marriage. 

The two fought life’s battles side by side. When Walter was deployed during World War II, they sent pictures and notes full of love and hope to each other and Freda raised turkeys and quilted. In 1958, they began what would be a lifelong career in business after they bought the oldest hardware store in downtown Greensburg, Corbett & Craig. Freda and Walter worked for 55 years at Pleak’s Do-It Center. The St. Mary’s Catholic Church member also was a member of the Daughters of Isabella and Delta Tau Delta sorority. She was an outstanding cook, pie maker and baker, often cooking meals for local nuns. 

Survivors include two children: Cheryl (Rock) Linville and Richard (Terri) Pleak, Greensburg; two grandchildren: Sonja Linville, Greensburg, and Alex Linville, Phoenix; and many nieces and nephews. 

She was preceded in death by her parents; two sisters: Evelyn Pitts and Viola Damm; two brothers: Louis and Charles Volz; her husband; and son Walter Eugene Pleak Jr.

Following a 1:30 p.m. rosary service, visitation will take place Sunday, Jan. 26, from 2-5 p.m. at Porter-Oliger-Pearson Funeral Home, Greensburg. A celebration of life will begin at 10 a.m. Monday, Jan. 27, at St. Mary’s Catholic Church. Burial will follow in the church cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be given to the St. Mary’s Church Building Fund. Online condolences can be made to the family at