Sara Swanick FrieszSara Swanick Friesz, 92, died peacefully in Charlottesville, Virginia, on February 27, 2013, surrounded by the loving presence of her family. Services will be held at 3 pm, Saturday, March 2, at Hill and Wood Funeral Home, Charlottesville. Burial will be held at Arlington National Cemetery at a later date.
Sara was born to James Bernard and Ethel Crum Swanick in Bismarck, North Dakota, on February 14, 1921. The youngest of six children, the only daughter, her family welcomed her as their "Valentine sweetheart." Sara's parents owned the McKenzie Mercantile Company in McKenzie, ND. Her maternal grandparents, Charles E. Crum and Anna DeLapp Crum, who came from Virginia, IL, were early pioneers of Burleigh County, ND, homesteading in the mid 1880s before North Dakota became a state.