Grandmother in the Lansing area, resident in the Netherlands, succumbed to COVID-19
Grandmother in the Lansing area, resident in the Netherlands, succumbed to COVID-19

Grandmother in the Lansing area, resident in the Netherlands, succumbed to COVID-19

This obituary is part of “We will remember“, a series about those we have lost to coronavirus.

Frederika Rita Price was the matriarch of her family, known for her kindness, positivity, work ethic and penchant for helping others.

She died at the age of 81 on 16 September 2021 at McLaren Hospital in Lansing due to complications from COVID-19.

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Born in Almelo, the Netherlands, by Julius and Arenddina (Slettenhaar) Heuer, Price and her family of seven moved to Lansing when she was 15 years old.

Although Frederika was her legal name, the Grand Ridge resident added the name Rita as her second name when she became a U.S. citizen. Most called her Rita, said her daughter Debra Olmstead.

A family photo with Fredericka Rita Price's grandparents when they were leaving for the United States.  The price is at the front right and holds a bag.

After retiring from a long-term position at a doctor’s office, she found herself accidentally employed in a part-time job at CJ Banks in Lansing Mall, Olmstead said.

“She was in there one day shopping and started helping another lady put an outfit together with jewelry and all, and they offered her a job,” explained her daughter, who added, “and she got a discount for herself. . “

Fredricka Rita Price with her brother and three sisters.  (LR) Price, Gerrit, Jeanne, Mary, Ann.

Price’s life was never easy, but she did not let much stop her, according to her daughter, who said her mother remained positive and maintained a strong faith in God. She had five children before she was 25, divorced in the early 1970s, was a single parent and lived with a blood disease that caused her many problems.

Price remained active and on the go, always seeking to help others.

Frederika Rita Price plants flowers.

“She taught me about being a better person and the importance of serving others,” said grandson Donald Price.

Her biggest hobby was working in her garden and spending time painting the garden gnomes she had all over her garden in the winter.

“She fell in April 2020 and broke her hip,” Olmstead said. “She was going to rehab, but was back in the garden this summer.

She loved going to farm sales and enjoying a glass of beer in the evening.

Price was an active member of the Grand Ledge First United Methodist Church, where she enjoyed singing in the choir, working with the women’s group and helping root in sales.

Fredricka Rita Price and her children at their son's wedding 30 years ago.  (Left to right) Carl, Ron, Rita, Roy, Debbie, Don.

Price was fully vaccinated and was waiting to have a heart valve procedure when she started having breathing problems, Olmstead said. She was transported by ambulance to McLaren Hospital, where she was diagnosed with COVID-19.

She died after being in the hospital for a week on oxygen, her daughter noted.

Price leaves behind his daughter Debra (Andrew); sons Carl, Donald (Debbie) and Roy (Amy); 16 grandchildren; 14 great-grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; brother Gerrit (Mila) Heuer; sister Jeanne Guile, and the dog Jordie.

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