“She planted far more than flowers…”

She was independent and hard-working. She was smart and she was funny. And she lived to be 100. But sadly, our beloved "flower lady," Frieda Foertsch, passed away yesterday. From 1954 until 2009, Frieda graced us with her formidable presence. Whether working the front gate, helping in the kitchen, sewing a new red suit for…

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“I’ll be a lady of leisure”

Today, our staff bid a fond farewell to this sweet face: After many, many years of helping to make Santa Claus Land and then Holiday World & Splashin' Safari an especially lovely place, she's decided to become "a lady of leisure." Over the years, she's appeared as a calendar girl, won a state-wide honor, been…

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A woman for all seasons

Frieda is in the news again. Rich from the Evansville Courier & Press wrote a wonderful feature story about her a number of years ago. Ever since then, he asks about her each time we talk. A week or so ago, Rich came up to visit with Frieda again and catch up with her. He…

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Ninety-five candles

Those pretty flowers throughout Holiday World & Splashin’ Safari? We have Frieda to thank. And today’s her birthday. She’s 95. Frieda has worked in just about every department over the years. Front gate, food services, the Betsy Ross Doll Museum. Since she “retired,” she’s been in charge of our greenhouse. Our “plant manager,” if you…

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