Mary Freyberg

Mary Freyberg, age 66, passed away on Sunday, October 13, 2019, at her home in Prior Lake, MN.  

A Celebration of Life will be on Friday, October 18, at 7 pm, with a time of gathering starting at 4 pm, at Ballard-Sunder Funeral and Cremation, 4565 Pleasant Street SE, Prior Lake.  

Mary was born on August 4, 1953 in Stevens Point, WI, the third of four children to Robert and Joan (Gristock) Lange.  She grew up in Rocky River, OH attending Catholic school and graduated from Magnificat High School in 1971.  She attended the University of Cincinnati earning her English Teaching Degree in 1975.  After raising her children, Mary went back to school and received a master’s degree in Law Librarianship from the University of North Texas while working full time as the Scott County Law Librarian. 

As the Scott County Law Librarian, Mary was passionate about her job and put her heart and soul into assisting families.   

Mary loved being a wife, mother and grandma (Gaga). She met the love of her life, Mark Freyberg, while they both worked at Cedar Point Amusement Park. Mark and Mary were married on August 16, 1975, at St. Angela Merici Catholic Church in Fairview Park, OH.  They relocated to Minnesota in 1979, due to Mark’s job transfer to Valleyfair in Shakopee, MN.  In 1988, they purchased a home in Prior Lake, where they raised their children, Jaron, Jessica and Jonathan.  

Family was most important to Mary, she was the heart of the family. She enjoyed boating, visiting family and friends. Mary was an amazing cook and baker. She loved spending time with her grandchildren in the kitchen, decorating her home, entertaining, her dogs, her granddogs and life on the lake.  Through the years, Mary had a close-knit group of girlfriends and a special connection with the Doves. All these friends supported each other during times of joy and sadness 

Mary was a caring, devoted and loving wife, mother and grandma. She will remain in the hearts of those who loved her the most, husband, Mark; children, Jaron (Tina) Freyberg, Jessica Freyberg, Jonathan Freyberg; grandchildren, Jackson, Gracie, Garrett, Maxx, Jaslyn, Zachary; brothers, Bob (Sherry) Lange, Bill (Jana) Lange, Tom (Susan) Lange; other relatives and friends. 

There to greet Mary in heaven are her parents, Robert and Joan Lange. 


Ballard-Sunder Funeral and Cremation proudly served and cared for the Freyberg family. 


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  1. I am so sorry for the loss of Mary. She was a beautiful soul who will be missed very much. Prayers and comfort during this difficult time.

  2. Mary was a genuinely good-hearted person. The loss of Mary makes the world a lesser place. She will be missed.

  3. Mark and family, I am so sorry for your loss and for our loss of Mary. She was the first person I saw every morning and several times during the day. I will miss her friendship and her everyday. She was a light to everyone that walked into our library.

  4. My heart breaks for the world ‘s loss of this wonderful soul, Mary. She touched so many lives with her caring way, sweet laugh and big smile. I miss her already. Prayers for her husband, family and all who are grieving.

  5. Mark and family- sending my heartfelt sympathy to all of you. Mary and I shared many laughs and good times planning and attending the Scott County night out employee parties. We had great chats from time to time about our families and she will always have a special place in my heart, I am so sorry I’ll miss her service. Hugs – Karen Kreuser

  6. Barbara Schwarze

    So, so sorry to hear of Mary’s passing. She was a very special person, I loved her positive attitude. I will sorely miss our chats.
    You have my sincere sympathy.

  7. Julie Svenningsen

    Everyone loved Mary! She was funny and full of life! I enjoyed spending time around her so very much! She was the kind of person you sought out because of her kindness and enthusiasm. She expressed such great joy for life , for those she passionately helped at the Law Library and of course her family. It not even a month ago that she hosted the yearly end of summer reading party at her house for the library. I am so thankful to have gotten the time to spend with her that night, telling stories and laughing together. My sympathy and prayers go out to Mark and the rest of the Freyberg and Lange families. May you be comforted by your wonderful memories and time spent together.

    • The Freyberg Family

      Julie, Thanks for your kind words here and your card. Mary so loved hosting those library parties. We appreciate the sympathy and prayers.


  8. Paula Duggan Vraa

    Mark and family: I am so sorry for your loss. Mary was an invaluable resource for pro se litigants at the Scott County courts. I had the privilege to have a long lunch with her about six months ago, and she was bursting with pride and love for her children and her husband. She told story after story about her children and their travels and experiences. It was clear to me that she lived life to the fullest and did not hold anything back. What a legacy!! We will miss her at the Courts!

  9. Darrin, Julie & Owin Giles

    We are so very Sorry for the Loss of Sweet Mary, such a Dear Lady! A True Beauty inside and out, always smiling and filled with positivity! She will be deeply missed. Sending Love and Prayers from our Family to yours. Darrin, Julie & Owin Giles

  10. Mark and family, I am very sorry for your loss. I know she has always been a great friend for Sandra base on all the stories I have heard over the years. She created a bright light in the room where ever she went.

    You have my sympathy.

  11. Mary was a good-hearted spirit. She had an infectious laugh and the ability to make you feel comfortable in her presence. She cared deeply for the people she assisted as a law librarian. Her colleagues and the people she assisted have lost a great advocate and friend. She will be greatly missed.

  12. My Deepest Condolences to all of you that were close in Mary’s life. I met Mary at Bunco and enjoyed every time that she was there. She had a great personality, a big heart and many stories to tell that kept people laughing. She will be missed by many as I know she touched many hearts. She is truly a soul to remember and cherish.
    Love and Light Shine Upon You,
    Debbie King

  13. Dear Mark and Mary’s family, I am so sorry for your loss of your wonderful wife, Mom, and Grandmother. I loved spending time with Mary, in the library, where we shared countless hours sharing laughs and stories about your family and mine. We knew about each other’s grandchildren, kids and spouses, trading stories and the goofy experiences we shared in commen. She loved you all so much! I will miss her immeasurably, as you will. Much love, Laura Valentine.

  14. I met Mary at work and she was simply one of the finest people I’ve ever met. I didn’t get a chance to speak with her often, but when I did, she always spoke of how much she enjoyed her family and friends. We also shared a love of dogs. Many prayers go out to her family, friends and coworkers. She will be missed immensely!

  15. Dear Mark, Jaron, Jessica, and Jonathon,
    Dick and my hearts break for you. We know how much you loved her. She was a very special person with a dynamite personality. I have many fond memories of Mary, always a lot of fun. Please accept our deepest
    Sympathy. Judy and Dick Kinzel

  16. The Freybergs:

    I am so very sorry to hear of Mary’s passing. I have volunteered at the Scott County Self Help Center for years and mostly enjoyed talking with Mary about “life” during my volunteering. Mary was so positive when she received her diagnosis and shared with me that she had a wonderful family to rely on. My condolences to everyone, during this time of sadness. God bless you!

  17. Tara Ferguson Lopez

    I was so saddened to hear this news. I remember Mary bubbly and full of life. The Freyberg home was always a welcoming home. Mark, Jessica, Jaron and Jonathon— wishing you peace and comfort and sending love to you all.

    Tara Ferguson Lopez

  18. Mark and family. I’m shocked and so saddened by Mary’s passing. She was a bright sparkling loving light in our world. Please feel the love and hugs from Ohio and know we hold you in prayer.
    Love, Judy and Chris Gardner

  19. Jill Gristock-Walters

    So very sorry for your loss. Mary was a wonderful and caring person. Love and prayers to all of the family.

  20. There are no words. As one of the interpreters in Shakopee I got to spend time with Mary at the library while waiting for cases. She was a ray of sunshine & I was sorry when I no longer needed to go to Shakopee. My deepest condolences.

  21. I only recently became aware of Mary’s passing via Facebook two days ago. Mary was my cousin and I remember fun times as children with her and her brothers. Later on we still saw each other now and then, usually with the Daley family. I am deeply saddened by this news and offer my condolences to the whole family.

  22. Mary was such a wonderful and lovely person. I got to know her at the courthouse over the years and her genuine care for others was a rare thing to see. Her work at the Law Library was so helpful to those in need and she always seemed to have the right answer for them. She would always listen to your stories and would be excited to share stories of her family. She loved her family so much. She would tell stories of them and always seemed to have a smile and glow about her when sharing. We had so many pleasant conversations. Mary you will be deeply missed. Prayers to the Freyberg family.

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