Natalie Constance Fridley was born October 15, 1921, to Otto Sundstrom and Helen (Johnson) Sundstrom on a farm south of Artesian, SD and lived in the Artesian area for the first 88 years of her life.
Natalie married Charles Marion Fridley in Redfield, SD on January 5, 1946. Charles died in 1976. As many of the family phrased it, Natalie can finally meet up with Charles again in heaven; he has waited for her long enough.
Natalie attended Goering Country School and graduated from Artesian High School in 1939. She graduated from Dakota Wesleyan University with a two-year teaching degree. She eventually received her four-year degree. Natalie taught in country schools and public schools in Fedora, Woonsocket, Alpena and Carthage. After she retired, she substituted at Artesian School for many years. She also worked for Saint Joseph Hospital for several years.
Natalie was a member of First Lutheran Church in Artesian, the Ladies Aid of First Lutheran, American Legion Auxiliary, Post 47 of Artesian, the Artesian Cemetery Association and various other community organizations.
Natalie loved company and was quick to give you her opinion on whatever subject was on her mind. She enjoyed her grandchildren and great-grandchildren as well as hearing from her former students. She didn’t like to go to Senior Citizens (but she did) in Artesian because it was all “old people” there and nobody wanted to play 500. She didn’t like to play pitch.
Natalie is survived by her four children: Kathryn Marie (Dale) Wormstadt of Rapid City, SD, Thomas James Fridley, Artesian, SD, David Charles (Sara) Fridley of Mitchell and Daniel Gene Fridley (Shelly Gramm, fiancée) of Sioux Falls, SD. She is also survived by her sister, Anita Cremer of Spencer, SD. Natalie has eighteen grandchildren, twenty-four great-grandchildren, and one great-great-granddaughter.
She left behind many friends, including her friend, Jo Gaston, who was her good friend, chauffeur and card playing partner. She also left behind Karson Fridley, her beloved grandson who stayed with her extensively over the years as he grew up.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Charles, her parents, a grandson, Bradley Thomas, and ten brothers and sisters: Laurence, Ernest, Lennart, Adney, Daine, Signe, Ann Marie, Elsie, Olga and Erma.
Memorials can be made to the Artesian First Lutheran Church
and the Artesian Post 47 Auxiliary.