Obituary of Martha Elizabeth Fredenburgh
Martha E. Fredenburgh, 81, passed away peacefully surrounded by the love of her family at Baystate Medical Center on January 18, 2024. Daughter of the late Edgar and Ceva (Kennie) Robbins, she was born October 26, 1942. In addition to her parents, Martha is predeceased by her husband of 60 years, David S. Fredenburgh. She is also predeceased by her sister Rebecca Pennucci and brother Edgar Robbins.
A graduate of Concord High School in 1960, Martha furthered her education at Burdett College in Boston MA. Martha worked as a medical secretary at Monson Medical Center for several years. Both lovers of animals, Martha and David opened and operated the Belchertown Boarding Kennel from 1973-1983. In 1986, Martha and David opened Quabbin Analytical Laboratory, a business that still serves the community.
While Martha loved her work, she was most proud of her family. Martha met David in high school, and married on December 29, 1962. They had a love and friendship that was evident to all that knew them. While raising her children and nurturing her grandchildren, Martha adored cooking family dinners where they would gather at their house. There were many heartfelt memories made around the dinner table. Later in life, Martha and David enjoyed dining out each night which included going to many small-town restaurants where they grew very close to the staff, who were known for their compassion, and recognition of them.
In her spare time, Martha took pleasure in dancing, tending to her flower garden, camping, and boating at Pine Acres Campground in Oakham. In her spry years she was very enthusiastic about dancing, and always wanted to be on her feet. As she adapted to a leisurely lifestyle, she would find delight and relaxation in the outdoors by taking pride in her flower garden, camping, and appreciating life by the water with her family.
Martha will be dearly missed by all who knew and loved her, including her son David Fredenburgh and partner, Tamara Langone of Belchertown and her daughter Heidi Bonafini and her partner, Brian Woodward of Belchertown. Martha will also be greatly missed by her beloved grandchildren, John “Jack” Bonafini Jr and his fiancé Samantha Allard, Alison Bonafini and her fiancé Ryan Spencer, and David F. Fredenburgh.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be held Saturday, February 3, 2024 at St. Francis of Assisi Church, Belchertown at 10:00am. Burial will be at the convenience of the family.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Dakin Humane Society, www.dakinhumane.org., Or Mary’s Meadow Rehab, 12 Gamelin Street, Holyoke, MA 01040.To send flowers to the family or plant a tree in memory of Martha Fredenburgh, please visit Tribute Store