Linda K. "Kathi" Froelke

linda k. froelke

March 18, 1945 ~ April 24, 2024

Born in: Kansas City, Missouri
Resided in: Vienna, Virginia

Linda Kathleen “Kathi” (Wakefield) Froelke passed away peacefully April 24, 2024, surrounded by her loving family. A resident of Vienna since 1973, Kathi was born in Kansas City, Missouri. She grew up in Englewood, Colorado, loving camping in the mountains, jeep trail riding, jeep racing, and the outdoors. She attended Sacred Heart College in Wichita, KS, and graduated with a B.A. degree in English from Wichita State University, where she met her future husband Gerald G. “Jerry” Froelke.

She married Jerry in 1967 and they moved to Virginia, living first in Alexandria. Kathi worked as an editor for The National Academy of Sciences. In 1973, they moved to Vienna, settling into a new house to raise their family.

Kathi was a homemaker, a direct sales consultant, a tireless volunteer and an enthusiastic supporter of her children’s schools and sports activities. She had a loving heart, an infectious laugh and lit up the room with her presence. Kathi never knew a stranger and made lifelong friends at bus stops, the DMV, airplanes, grocery stores, church pews and school bleachers. She possessed a rare talent of remaining calm and unflappable in stressful times. She was passionate about good manners, but would correct the grammar of a king. She enjoyed welcoming family, friends, and neighbors into her home and made friends with people from all cultures, ages and religions. Kathi was known for her love of books and movies and once laughed so heartily in a theater that a stranger joked that they should hire her. Her house was filled with laughter, love, and all genres of music, including Moonlight Sonata and Pineapple Rag that she played on the piano, and Les Miz, Billy Joel, Frank Sinatra and more that she played on the stereo. A devoted Catholic, she loved women’s bible study and lived a life of faith, blessing everyone she encountered. Kathi had an extraordinary zest for life; she was adventuresome, and never turned down an opportunity to try something new. She delighted in family time, playing games, dancing, and singing.

Kathi was preceded in death by her parents Catharine and Tim Wakefield; her brother-in-law Lee Buchly, and her sister-in-law Marilyn Wakefield. She is survived by her husband of 56 years, Jerry Froelke; her children Kevin Froelke (Renee), Kristin Anderson (Russell), Mike Froelke (Buki), and Laura Froelke (Dean Mingee); 8 grandchildren; 3 great grandchildren; four siblings Mike Wakefield (Sally), Judy Buchly, Tim Wakefield (Ramie), Billy Wakefield; sister-in-law Marcia Coburn (Tom Bracken) and numerous nieces and nephews.

A visitation will be held on Monday, May 6th from 5:00-8:00 p.m. at Money & King Funeral Home, 171 Maple Ave W, Vienna, VA 22180.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Tuesday, May 7th at 11:00 a.m. at St. Mark Catholic Church, 9970 Vale Rd, Vienna, VA 22181, with burial immediately following at Andrew Chapel Cemetery 1308 Trap Rd, Vienna, VA 22182.

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Visitation: May 6, 2024 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Money and King Funeral Home
171 W. Maple Ave.
Vienna, VA 22180


Mass of Christian Burial : May 7, 2024 11:00 am

St. Mark Catholic Church.
9970 Vale Rd
Vienna, Va 22181


Graveside Service: May 7, 2024 12:30 pm

Andrew Chapel Cemtery
1308 Trap Road
Vienna, VA 22182

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  1. The Owners and Staff at the Money and King Funeral Home, wish to express our sincere sympathy to you. It is our hope that we may be able to make a difficult time more bearable. Please feel free to call us anytime as we are always available to you.

    Bob Gallagher
    Funeral Director

  2. Jerry and family,

    My sincerity condolences for all of you . Wishing you peace during this difficult time. · Our thoughts and prayers are with you. Sweet lovely memories I have from my dear Kathi . Her smile was a bright as she. Lovely peaceful lady. I will always remember you.

  3. Kathi and I became friends over 50 years ago when we bonded as young mothers and new residents at Cinnamon Creek in Vienna, Virginia. I have so many happy memories or our children growing up together! Unfortunately, we moved out of the area, but the kids have stayed in touch via Facebook etc. I will always remember Kathi for her courageousness as she faced many challenges in her life. Our love goes out to Jerry, Kevin, Kristin and Michael and their families. May God bless you and sustain you during this difficult time.

    Merry Carol and Herb Jonkers

  4. May the beautiful soul of Kathi continue to rest in perfect peace. An angel among us. Her love and kindness towards all was clearly echoed by the family. It was such an honor to know her. She will be dearly missed.

  5. One of our fondest memories of Kathi was at their wedding in Colorado in 1967. Before Kathi and Jerry left their reception to begin their honeymoon, we put a sign inside the car’s gas cap lid that said ” Please Congratulate These Newlyweds ” Remember this is 1967 long before all of the self-service gas stations we have today. So every time they pulled up to get gas, the attendants would smile and congratulate them. On their trip across the country from Colorado, Kathi and Jerry couldn’t figure out why everyone knew they were newlyweds. That was fun

  6. Kevin & Family –
    Our family is keeping you in our thoughts and prayers on the loss of your precious mother and may the memories of her provide you with peace and comfort.

    Heather & Carlos Williams & family

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