Obituary: Margery Kreeger Fridstein
Margery (Margy) Kreeger Fridstein, longtime and beloved member of the Snowmass Village, Colorado, community passed away peacefully on Friday November 4, 2016, in Highlands Ranch, Colorado. Margery was preceded in death by her husband of 64 years, Robert B. Fridstein.
Margy and Bob married in Chicago and raised their four children in Glencoe, Illinois. With children at home she served on the executive board of the League of Woman Voters, the PTA and the Glencoe planning commission. She received a bachelor degree and later a graduate degree in Counseling from Northwestern University, followed by specialized training at the Chicago Institute for Psychoanalysis. She became the Director of Mental Health Education and a Psychotherapist at the Irene Josselyn Center in Northfield, Illinois. She continued in private psychotherapy practice in Illinois and Colorado for over 40 years, retiring in 2012. She balanced her studies and career with being a devoted mother, wife and friend.
In 1988 she and Bob moved to Snowmass Village after being part-time residents since 1970. In addition to her psychotherapy practice, Margy was a consultant to schools and agencies in the Roaring Fork Valley, and a volunteer for Hospice, the Aspen Valley Hospital and Aspen Camp for the Deaf. She wrote weekly advice columns in the Aspen Times and the Snowmass Sun. Her first book Grandparenting: A Survival Guide was published in 1997. She and Bob enjoyed their beautiful mountain surroundings becoming avid skiers and outdoor enthusiasts and hosted many wonderful gatherings of family and friends.
In 2008 they moved to the Vi at Highlands Ranch which would be their “last stop”. Margy continued her psychotherapy practice, volunteered in the public schools and assumed leadership as Vi’s elected President of the Residents Advisory Committee.
In 2010 she was a Denver Post Colorado Voices columnist. Following that, she wrote a monthly column, “The Last Stop with Margy Fridstein” chronicling her experience living in her CCRC in SeniorHomes.com. These articles are the basis for her second book.
As a writer and retired psychotherapist, Margy focused her later years providing counsel and guidance helping others adapt to the new 21st century experience of aging, health and dying. She was a role model in her own life by directly addressing the important issues surrounding aging and death. Margy lived every day to its fullest.
Margy was the devoted mother of four children: Peggy (Raymond) Gordon, Thomas (Darlene) Fridstein, Kathy Fridstein (Mark Manley) and Nancy Fridstein (Richard Tallian) and the loving grandmother to 11 grandchildren and 7 great grandchildren. Her warmth, intelligence, and curiosity has greatly inspired her extended family including nieces, nephews, sister and sisters/brothers-in-laws.
Memorial Services will be held on Saturday, December 17 at 2:00 PM at the Vi of Highlands Ranch in Colorado. There will also be a remembrance gathering at her former home and the current home of Thomas and Darlene Fridstein at 891 Fox Run Drive, Snowmass Village, Sunday, December 4 at 3:00 pm. Memorial contributions may be made in Margy’s name to Youth Zone (serving the Roaring Fork Valley); youthzone.com: The Denver Hospice; thedenverhospice.org: Josselyn Center; josselyn.org.
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