Wednesday, July 30, 2008

Illinois Senate Resolution for Edwina

Click here for the Full Text of SR0763.


2 WHEREAS, The members of the Illinois Senate are saddened to
3 learn of the death of Edwina Froehlich of Inverness, who passed
4 away on June 8, 2008; and

5 WHEREAS, Edwina Froehlich was the co-founder of La Leche
6 League International, the breastfeeding support group; the
7 group was founded in Franklin Park in 1956 to discuss
8 breastfeeding issues among women; the group is in every U.S.
9 state and in 68 different countries; and

10 WHEREAS, Edwina Froehlich was a member of the Board of
11 Director and served as Secretary, Treasurer, and Vice-Chairman
12 of the group over the years; she worked at La Leche
13 International from 1956 until her retirement in 1983 as the
14 Executive Secretary; and

15 WHEREAS, She was born on January 5, 1915 in Bronx, New
16 York; she attended Mundelein College in Chicago; she married
17 John Francis Froehlich and together they had three children;
18 and

19 WHEREAS, She is preceded in death by her husband; and

20 WHEREAS, Edwina Froehlich is survived by her sons, Paul,
1 David, and Peter; her three daughters-in-law; and her nine
2 grandchildren; therefore, be it

4 ASSEMBLY OF THE STATE OF ILLINOIS, that we mourn, along with
5 her family and friends, the passing of Edwina Froehlich; and be
6 it further

7 RESOLVED, That a suitable copy of this resolution be
8 presented to the family of Edwina Froehlich as a symbol of our
9 sympathy.

Thursday, June 19, 2008

Edwina Froehlich Celebration July 12, 2008

Dear friends of Edwina Froehlich and of the Froehlich family,

Edwina Froehlich passed away on June 8th, 2008, due to complications of a stroke suffered on May 25th. Consistent with her life-long characteristic of giving, she has donated her body to science. Her family, Paul, Dave and Pete, along with her daughters in-law, Marilyn, Sharon, and Paula respectively, wish to celebrate her 93 years of life, and honor her memory. Edwina's choice was to not have a wake or a funeral, but, with the loving support of La Leche League International, a Memorial Celebration has been scheduled as follows:

Day: Saturday
Date: July 12th, 2008
Time: 1:00 pm until 5:00 pm
Place: Elk Grove High School
500 W. Elk Grove Blvd.
Elk Grove Village, IL 60007

The high school is just east of Arlington Heights Road, south of Landmeier, and north of Biesterfield, in Elk Grove Village. The celebration will be an open house format, and guests are free to come and go anytime, however, there will be a program of prominent speakers who will memorialize Edwina's life in the school's theater from 3:00 pm until 4:00 pm.

Refreshments will be available, and a videographer will be present to record specific memories guests may have of Edwina, for her family. The family asks that in lieu of flowers, donations be made to the:

Edwina Froehlich Memorial Fund
c/o La Leche League International
957 N. Plum Grove Road
P.O. Box 4079
Schaumburg, IL 60168-4079
847 519-7730

Please forward this information along to anyone who may be interested. We have tried to accumulate email addresses of all of Edwina's friends, and all of our friends, but, we are sure we missed some. Thanks for sharing this information, and, we sincerely hope you are able to stop by Edwina's Memorial Celebration.

Paul and Marilyn Froehlich
Dave and Sharon Froehlich
Pete and Paula Froehlich

Tuesday, June 17, 2008

The memorial service celebrating the life of Founder Edwina Froehlich will be on Saturday, July 12 at Elk Grove High School, 500 W. Elk Grove Blvd., Elk Grove Village, Illinois 60007.

The open house will be from 1:00–5:00 p.m., with presentations and speakers beginning at 3:00 p.m.

To give us an idea of the number of people planning to attend, please RSVP to the LLLI Public Relations office at:; or call 847-519-7730 ext. 271.

Please do not call the high school. Driving directions are available from its website. Ample free parking is available.

Friday, June 13, 2008

Monday, June 9, 2008

An invitation from the family

The Froehlich family is planning a celebration of the life of their mother and LLL Founder Edwina Froehlich. This celebration will probably be held the afternoon of Saturday, July 12 in the Chicago, Illinois, USA suburbs. The family has no idea how many friends from the LLLI community would plan to attend such an event and we have offered to help by trying to get an idea for them so they can pick an appropriate place.

If you would probably come to Edwina's celebration, please email me directly at as soon as possible. If you are from a Group or Area and can respond for a number of people, that would be fine and easier to count. This does not have to be a definite commitment to attend, the family just does not know whether to plan for 100 or 500 at the celebration.

Many thanks,
Trisha Noack
PR Director LLLI

Sunday, June 8, 2008

Pictures of Edwina

Janet Jendron, LLLI Alumnae Association member and former LLLI Board member, has created a website with more pictures of Edwina:

Edwina Froehlich

Dear Friends,

It is with the deepest sadness that we share with you that Edwina Froehlich, co-Founder of La Leche League International, passed away on June 8, 2008 at Northwest Community Hospital in Arlington Heights, Illinois, USA, after suffering a stroke on May 25. Edwina is survived by her three sons, three daughters-in-law and nine grandchildren as well as her many friends and the organization she helped found.

Funeral and memorial arrangements are pending. Please visit for more information. If you wish, please click the "comments" link below to leave a message as an online memorial to Edwina.


Jane Tuttle, Chairman of the Board

Barbara Emanuel, Executive Director