Gina Freed Obituary (2022) – Skokie, IL

Gina P. Freed, beloved wife, mother, grandmother, sister, friend and nurse died on January 22, 2022 (her 78th birthday) after a difficult year-long battle with leukemia. She has been a “super nurse” throughout her life, nursing teacher, charity volunteer, cook, painter, artist, animal and plant lover, health advocate and travel enthusiast , music and theatre. His passing leaves a huge and seemingly insurmountable hole in many lives. She will be greatly missed and mourned by her friends and family.

Gina was born in Brooklyn, NY to parents Henrietta and Isaac, and moved to Laurelton, Queens at an early age with her younger sister, Julie. Gina attended Hunter College where she graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing at the age of 20. There she met the love of her life, Karl Freed. They married shortly after graduation and moved to Chicago, where Karl took a job as a professor of chemistry at the University of Chicago. They raised two daughters, Michele and Nicole, while Gina worked as a visiting nurse. She later returned to school for a master’s degree in public health nursing, graduating in 1977, and then worked diligently as a visiting nurse, nursing instructor, and finally as a geriatric nurse practitioner at the Memory Center. from the University of Chicago before retiring. (very reluctantly) at 70. She was a passionate health advocate for friends and family and a highly skilled diagnostician, often diagnosing family and friends’ health issues before their own doctors could. She volunteered for fourteen years at the Ronald McDonald House in Hyde Park, was a strong supporter of their cause and considered the people there as part of her extended family. Finally, a piece of her heart will always live on in the memory of the three cats she lovingly mothered: Isosceles, Cleo and Kaboodle.

Gina is survived by her husband of 57 years, Karl Freed, her beloved daughter, Michele Freed, her dear sister, Julie Berkey and her pride and joy, her granddaughter, Cambria Chou-Freed.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Ronald McDonald House Charities, 1301 W. 22nd Street, Suite 905, Oak Brook, IL 60523, To ensure everyone’s safety and health, the funeral will be private. To attend the funeral live stream, please visit our website. Arrangements by Chicago Jewish Funerals – Skokie Chapel, 847.229.8822,

Published by Chicago Tribune on January 30, 2022.


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