Gertrude A. Frederick

In loving memory of

Gertrude A. Frederick

Business Woman, Teacher and Beloved Mother and Grandmother

 Dec. 1, 1921-May 12th 2015

k7a216557a3736_10000002Gertrude was born on December, 1st, 1921 on a farm in Wishek, North Dakota.

She was one of nine children born to Jacob and Katherine Krein, eight of which survived and to grow into adulthood. Gertrude spent her childhood living and attending school in Wishek, North Dakota. She very much enjoyed attending school, and learning, and was very successful achieving excellent grades.   She graduated as Salutatorian at Wishek high school. After her graduation, she then went on to teach grades 1-6th that next school year in Wishek school district.

Gertrude then moved out to the West Coast, initially to Seattle and then settled in Portland, Oregon. She attended and completed two years of Business College there.

She eventually found herself  hired at a downtown Manning’s restaurant in Portland, Oregon, a restaurant company where she worked for over 30 years, most of the time as the Personnel Manager at the Lloyd Ctr., Manning’s restaurant, supervising over 60 employees. She took a particular interest in helping young college students who worked for her, mentoring and supporting them in their early careers.

Throughout her career at Manning’s, she met and worked closely with many other business leaders in the greater Portland area and had the opportunity to meet with many local and state politicians, as well as US presidents and State Senators on numerous occasions.

During World War II, Gertrude worked at Navy shipyards in Vancouver, Washington. She became a Graveyard supervisor there, during this time, managing over seven people working until the war ended.

After WW II, Gertrude met and married her husband, Robert P. Frederick and after three years of marriage had her only daughter, Paula in April, 1954. Gertrude continued to be a successful career woman throughout her life as well as a dedicated mother.

She was very interested in nutrition, health, and culinary preparation. She enjoyed teaching others how to properly prepare food, teaching nutritional value of specific foods and incorporating, this knowledge into living a healthy lifestyle.

After her retirement in 1987, Gertrude moved to Seattle Washington where she became k7a216557a3736_10000012involved in many community activities however her primary focus was supporting and caring for her two grandsons, Brandon and Colin, Frederick-De Bruhl. Gertrude was a dedicated grandmother supporting and caring for them throughout their childhood and into early adulthood.

Gertrude is survived by her Daughter, Paula and her two grandsons, Brandon and Colin, as well as youngest sister, Arlene Hefner, and youngest brother, Don Krein, Kathy Lawrence , her niece and many other  numerous nieces and nephews.

There will be a memorial at Life Care Centers of Kirkland on June 23rd at 2pm.

And another service at Seaside, Oregon in August.

In place of flowers, please donate to the following organizations, she was very passionate  about supporting:

March of Dimes:

The Ocean Conservatory:

Reading is Fundamental:


We will miss her very much!


3 Responses to “Gertrude A. Frederick”

  • Brandon F. De Bruhl says:

    My Grandmother Gertrude,

    She was a wonderful and entrepreneurial person. In my mind, I see her as an adventurer who lead the way for her family’s migration to the Pacific Northwest. We was a leader, a businesswoman and one of my first role models. When I was younger, I struggled with reading. Grandma, would spend hours reading to me, helping me complete assignments and expanded my young minds. The picture above show my grandmother as I remember her; Happy, confident and strong. She will be greatly missed, but I know she will be always with me.



  • Colin De Bruhl says:

    I will always remember my grandmother as a strong, independent, loving person. She always challenged me to be the best that I could be and even when things looked tough, Grandma was always there for me when I needed her, she was truly caring and loving. I will miss her greatly and I will always carry her with me.

  • Kathleen Lawrence says:

    My Aunt Gertrude was a strong, independent, supportive
    woman who valued education and instilled the love of
    lifelong learning in her daughter and her grandsons.
    For entertainment, she loved her Mariners and following politics. Interested in current events, she did not hesitate to share her opinions. We had many great discussions.
    She would always end telephone calls or visits with a
    cheerful. “Take care of yourself.” I knew that she was
    always there for me. I will miss her.

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