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Lainie Freeman

Obituary of Lainie Freeman


Lainie passed away on May 12, 2012 at her home in Tabernash, Colorado. She was the beloved mother of Adam and Allison; daughter of Nancy and step-daughter of Mitch Motaches; and sister of Mike and Doug Sibalik. Her father, Paul Sibalik, is deceased.

Lainie was born on July 26, 1967 in Washington, DC. Her first home was in Maryland where her father was an early executive in the information technology business. Her maternal grandfather was a noted botanist. While still a child, her father's company sent him and his family to Australia. After a few years in Australia the family returned to the Washington, DC area where she graduated from high school and attended college.

One of Lainie's first job was with the Hyatt Corporation where she met her husband David Freeman. Dave and Lainie married in the summer of 1993 at her father's home. In December, 1994, she gave birth to Allison. The family moved to Williamsburg, VA then to Denver. The family's first native Coloradan, Adam, was born there 1997. In 1998, they moved to Granby and Lainie did what she loved most, cared for her children.

While Lainie was raising her children she joined a group of women who took turns caring for Granby man in his mid-90s who was an early settler in the county. She loved helping him and told the family many stories of his life with his brothers' farming in Grand County. Lainie was wonderful with the elderly and was a favorite of her grandmother and Dave's grandmother as well.

Although she and Dave divorced, it was in Grand County that she established roots. Over the past 14 years, she continued to work in the food industry and on the census. Lainie was an exceptional cook who loved to read about cooking and collect recipes. She enjoyed entertaining her friends with her wonderful meals and especially preparing special meals for the kids. She was a devoted animal lover and had a particular soft spot for cats. Lainie enjoyed music and attended concerts frequently. In addition to rock and blues, she liked jazz singers like Billie Holiday and Diana Krall. She was a voracious reader especially fond of Diane Mott Davidson, Toni Morrison and Anne Tyler. When the Adam and Allison were younger they enjoyed camping on Shadow Mountain Lake with their Mom.

A Memorial Service will be held at the Church of the Eternal Hills on Friday, May 18, 2012 at 10:00AM. A reception will follow at the home of Bob and Jennifer Freeman, who live at 17 Fawn Court in Tabernash.

Lainie will be greatly missed by her friends and family.

Leave a condolence for the family, share a story about Lainie, or add a photo to Lainie's "Book of Memories" at www.grandcountymortuary.com.

Mark H. Shearon, Funeral Director, Grand County Mortuary, is in charge of the arrangements. 970-725-9010.

Service Details

Friday, May 18th, 2012 10:00am, Church of the Eternal Hills

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I will never forget the summers that we worked together at Sagebrush. Lainie was one of the nicest people that I ever met. Always optimistic, helpful, friendly. All my thoughts are with her family and loved ones. She will be greatly missed. Rest in peace, Lainie! Claude

Claudiu Moldovan, Romania May 29 2012 12:00 AM

We are friends of Doug and Andrea. Please accept our condolences for your loss. Our thoughts are with Doug and his extended family during this sad time.

Greg and Gillian Vickers May 18 2012 12:00 AM

Lainie was awesome. Lainie would stand up for what was right, and be the first person to tell you that you were wrong. Lainie was a mother to all of us girls younger than her. Even Tim Zim, she would make sure he always had cat food and a prepaid cell phone card. Haha She always made sure I had a ride to and from work, and most of the time, she got me there and she got me home. She always had advice, if you wanted to hear it or not. Lainie had a special way of getting her point across with humorous nature. Lainie was very sarcastic, very funny and very smart. Lainie was a hard worker and very good at her job. She would get me through those 10 hour days, even though she didn't like to sweep the peanuts. Haha When times got rough for me; I could always talk to her as a confidant and a friend. She wasn't only a great listener, but had awesome feedback and always helped me through whatever drama I had gotten myself into. There was even a time she forfeited a concert ticket, an expensive one, so that I could go, because she knew I liked the band more than her. She was so giving. Lainie was an amazing cook. She cared about everyone. At the end of every summer, she would cook a huge feast fit for kings for the people that would travel from other countries to work for us. She would invite everyone to HER home to show her gratitude for these people and their hard work. I would always just go for the food. :-) I love you Lainie, and miss you very much. Thank you for being my friend.

Brandi Barr May 17 2012 12:00 AM

Our sweet little girl came to us when she was 19 months old. She had big brown eyes ,in a family of blue eyes, that took it all in as she joined older brothers, Michael and Doug. She had a brown paper bag with a blanket in it. In her hand she held a little handmade cloth mouse someone had made for her. She had been named Elaine by the agency and of course knew her name, so we add the name we had chosen for her to it and called her Allison Elaine. However, the name Lainie stuck and it fit her so well that was who she became. She was physically talented in many ways and I'm proud to tell you she could do the most 'chin-ups" on the presidential physical exam in her class in grade school. Lainie could swim like a fish naturally at a young age and thoroughly enjoyed the times she spent at the community pool or summers at our condo in Ocean City, MD. At 5 yrs old she took ballet and for the recital her class was "snowbirds."They had the most wonderful costume - white feathers covered the skirt and she had wings and feathers in her hair. Al l went well until she was just about to go on stage and she said "where is my beak? If I'm a bird I have to have a beech!" It took some quick convincing to tell her no one had a beak and it would be ok to go on out there without one. Lainie loved cooking and in high school she won a cooking contest with her entry of a "pavlova". A white meringue filled with whipped cream decorated with kiwi and strawberries. It was beautiful - a national dessert of Australia that she learned about while living there. When Lainie was in high school and I went to work full time, she became the little mother of the home and began to cook our dinners. Michael, Doug and I looked forward to her efforts as Doug had ridden into town and back (5 miles?) on the ride-on-mower to fill it up with gas to mow our lawn. Mitch wanted me to add about the first time we met David. Lainie was living in a townhouse shared by a group on kids and invited us to a Halloween party. During the evening she introduced us to Dracula. As we watched, she spent a lot of time with him and Mitch was sure something was going on with that Dracula guy. Sure enough, Lainie and Dracula got married. Lainie lived in a lot of funny placed she shared with others, but the funniest to Mitch and I was the closet. We went to see it and it was some sort of a tiny room just exactly the width of the mattress we bought her and the black antique chest of drawers. I don't think there was any floor space showing at all. In another house she shared with 5 other women, she got locked in the bathroom taking a shower when no one else was at home. She had to climb out the tiny window over the tube, falling into the snow on the deck and run around in the snow to her room and climb over the bushes and into her window. She called us and Mitch fixed the lock. There are just so many things you share in a life time...... peach sherbet mixed in ginger ale drinks, the day she bought a single hamster (Chloe) and she had 8 babies the next day, back rubs, our dog, Ginger, going to sleep and not waking up, our new dog, Phoebe, "smiling" for the first time, Grandma and Granddad coming over, summers at the beach, watching scary movies, and snuggles.....lots of snuggles. That's all I can do thru the tears now. I wish I could be there. I am there in my heart.

Nancy Motafches May 17 2012 12:00 AM

Your family is on our hearts and prayers during this difficult time.

"The Domagala Family" May 17 2012 12:00 AM

We are friends of Doug's and Andrea's and are saddened to learn of this loss. Our thoughts are with Doug and his extended family at this time.

Robert and Theresa Goudie May 17 2012 12:00 AM

I'm friends with Doug and Andrea here in N. VA. I'm so sorry for your loss. It's difficult to lose people especially someone so young. My thoughts and prayers are with the family.

Mina Palkendo May 16 2012 12:00 AM

Our condolences to the Freeman and Sibalik families. We are close friends of Lainie's brothers; Doug and Mike, here in N. VA. It is with sad hearts and prayers for all the family that we express our sincere sorrow for the loss of such a youthful and vital person as Lainie. Regrettably, Kitty & John

Kitty Bernard & John Emert May 16 2012 12:00 AM

Lainie, My fondest memories are the family vacations we shared at the beach. You always being the protective mother making everything better when Adam was hurt or Allison had a boo boo. I'll miss your rye sense of humor and kind spirit. Daniel

Daniel Freeman May 15 2012 12:00 AM