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Martha Jean (Murray) Fridh

April 4, 1951 — November 7, 2023

Martha "Marti" Jean (Murray) Fridh, 72 of La Porte, Indiana, passed away peacefully surrounded by her loving family on November 7, 2023 at Franciscan Health - Michigan City.

Marti was born on April 4, 1951 in La Porte, IN to Larry and Irene (Pankowski) Murray.

She married the love of her life, Dr. Daniel Fridh, on August 11, 1973 at St. Joseph Catholic Church with Msgr. John Witte and Rev. H. Milton Lundahl presiding.

Surviving Marti are her beloved husband of 50 years, Dan Fridh; 3 daughters, Erin (Anthony) Price, Lindsay (Aaron) Gogel, and Ashley (Kyle) Stout, all of La Porte; 9 grandchildren, Abigail, Daniel, Courtney (Brandon Schreiber) Price-Schreiber, and Jake (Jessica) Price, Brooklyn, Brielle, and Brandi Gogel, Walter and Raegan Stout; 6 great-grandchildren, Bennett, Connor, and Maddie Schreiber and Callie, Brynlee and Weston Price; brother, Tom (Renee) Murray; aunt, Jean (A.J.) Pankowski; brother-in-law, Erwin Orthman; sister-in-law, Mary Fridh; as well as several cousins, nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Larry and Irene Murray and her sister, Paula Orthman.

Marti graduated from La Porte High School in 1969, and received her Bachelors in Elementary Education from Indiana University, Bloomington in 1973.

Marti was a proud United States Air Force Captain's wife.  While stationed at Keesler Air Force Base, Marti was the editor of the Base Wives' newsletter as well as an American Red Cross volunteer.  Her volunteerism continued through her work as a teacher for CCD classes at St. Joseph Catholic Church.  Marti felt it a privilege to be able to pour into the lives of the students.  She was also a member of Tri Kappa for over 25 years. For her career, in La Porte, she worked with her husband as the Business Manager of Daniel W. Fridh, DDS and was blessed to work alongside family members over the years.

Marti loved working in her rose garden, bird watching, and feeding her hummingbirds and Orioles.  She loved her gardening and had made a container garden on their deck that became known as "Mom's Farm."

She enjoyed watching her favorite shows, which included: NCIS, Oak Island, Castle, Murder She Wrote and anything on Hallmark Mysteries.  Marti also enjoyed cheering on her favorite teams: Notre Dame football and IU basketball with her cats and Irish Setters.  In addition, Marti really enjoyed attending Broadway musicals and our local La Porte Symphony concerts.

Marti was the heart of the closest knit family the world could ever know. There wasn't a day that would go by where the phone wouldn't ring, the doors weren't opened, or meals weren't shared.  She never missed a chance to attend every event and concert for her husband, children, and grandchildren.  She touched the lives of so many.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11 a.m. on Friday, November 17, 2023 at St. Joseph Catholic Church with Father Nate Edquist officiating.  Burial will follow at Pine Lake Cemetery.

A time of visitation will be from 4 - 8 p.m., with a Prayer Service at 7:30 p.m., on Thursday, November 16, 2023 and from 9:30 - 10:30 a.m. on Friday, November 17, 2023 at Cutler Funeral Home and Cremation Center.

Memorial contributions may be directed to the family of Marti Fridh ℅ Dr. Daniel Fridh, 2900 Monroe Street La Porte, IN 46350 or to the donor's choice.

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Friday, November 17, 2023

9:30 - 10:30 am (Central time)

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Cutler Funeral Home and Cremation Center

2900 Monroe Street
La Porte, IN 46350

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Mass of Christian Burial

Friday, November 17, 2023

Starts at 11:00 am (Central time)

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St. Joseph Catholic Church

109 C Street
La Porte, IN 46350

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