In Memory of




Obituary for Fredericka Close (Brewster)

Fredericka (Brewster) Close, 75, of Tolland passed away on May 31, 2022 following a courageous battle with Alzheimer’s. As always, Paul, her loving husband of 46 years, was by her side.

She was born December 1, 1946 to the late Florence and George Brewster. Freddie attended local schools in Waterbury, graduating from Croft High School. She earned her nursing degree from St. Mary’s School of Nursing. After decades of caring for the physical body of her patients as a Registered Nurse (RN) and in the HIV/AIDS arena as an AIDS Certified Registered Nurse (ACRN), Freddie retired from her distinguished nursing career to devote her energy and skills to serving others by helping them embrace and heal their spiritual body.

Freddie was a fierce woman—holding fast to her beliefs, defending those she loved, and always seeking to better herself and those around her. To her family, “pulling a Freddie” will always mean standing up for yourself and taking no prisoners!

Multitalented, Freddie was a healer, published author, artist, seamstress, organic gardener, environmental activist, vegetarian cook, flower arranger, home decorator, PTO president, spiritual teacher and counselor. She had a beautiful singing voice and enjoyed listening to music ranging from Janis Joplin to Vivaldi.

A spiritual seeker her entire life, she studied with Caroline Myss and Sai Baba and continually read the works of Jung and many others. She studied liberal arts completing a seven-year course at Ubiquity University Wisdom School in Chartres, France.

Freddie wrote and taught about the relationship between the body, mind and soul in seminars and individual counseling. Through Sacred Contracts Consulting, she helped many people navigate their personal and professional lives.

She also loved seeing the world. Her travels with Paul took her to India, Israel, Egypt, Europe and the Caribbean. She also went to Africa on her own. Back home, their motorhome adventures brought them to many states (her favorite was Alaska) and the Canadian Provinces. The two also enjoyed (okay…she tolerated) traveling to car shows throughout New England where the highlight was meeting up with friends.

Freddie is survived by husband Paul; daughters Pam Starkey (fiancé Joe Canestrari) of Florida, Angela Koehnke (partner Sean Corrigan) of Connecticut, Heather Bloemker (husband Ray) of Pennsylvania, and Megan Close of Montana; son-in-law John Hudop of Pennsylvania; nine grandchildren and one great-grandchild. She is pre-deceased by daughter Jessica Hudop.

Relatives and friends are welcome to join the family on Saturday, June 4 from 1-3 p.m. at Burke-Fortin Funeral Homes, 76 Prospect St., Rockville. A Celebration of Life will follow at 3 p.m. In lieu of flowers, her family is asking that donations be made to the Alzheimer’s Association.