Today, there are fewer than a handful of milking farms left in the Town of Lisbon. One of them is the now 85-year-old Fryda dairy farm on Hillside Road.
Betty (nee Hoffmann) Fryda married into this farming family at age 18, after she graduated from Cedarburg High School. She married Bob Fryda, who was 21 at the time of the wedding on June 28, 1953.
Betty died Monday, Dec. 30, at age 79.
She came from a Jersey cow farm in Cedarburg, and at the time of her death, there were 240 Jersey cows at the Hillside farm. She actively worked in the dairy barn from 1952 until the mid-1970s, but took time off to raise four children, and helped with her 16 grandchildren and 20 great-grandchildren.
Today the Fryda farm (which is locally famous for the 16 years it hosted the Waukesha County June Dairy Month festivities) is a 28-acre farm, although it actually farms over 600 acres, most of which are in the Town of Lisbon.
Betty was born June 9, 1934, and was an honor student at Cedarburg High School, where she played the drums in the school band. Her parents were Margaret and Oscar Hoffmann.
Betty served as the elected Lisbon town clerk for 25 years, coming on in 1972 and retiring in 1997. She served with Town Chairman Marvin Berg for five years (His claim to local fame was his long membership and presidency of the Sussex Lions Club, where he helped institute the first Sussex Lions Daze) and with Chairman Richard Jung, father of the Lisbon Fire Department (and namesake of the newest Lisbon firehouse).
Betty then served with Donald Holt, who, before serving as town chairman for 13 years, was also a longtime Lisbon supervisor, and at many times, also a member of the Hamilton School Board. It was Holt who, with Jung, facilitated Lisbon acquiring the North Lisbon schoolhouse for the Town of Lisbon.
Betty is survived by her husband of 611/2 years, Bob Fryda. She is further survived by her children Vicki (Jim) Duwe, Denise Fryda, Mike (Penny) Fryda and Sue (Larry) Marincic; 16 grandchildren and 20 great-grandchildren. Betty is further survived by many other relatives and friends.
A memorial service will be held at 3 p.m. on Sunday, Jan. 13 at Faith Lutheran Church in Sussex. Visitation will be from 1 p.m. until the time of service. In lieu of flowers, memorials to the American Heart Association are appreciated by the family.
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