Georgia Friedman died May 11 at the age of 93. Georgina was born August 22, 1924 in Osijek, Yugoslavia. A talented gymnast in her youth, she became an artist and architect. Having heroically survived WW II occupation in Yugoslavia, Georgina and her husband Joseph Friedman emmigrated to Israel in 1952 where their daughter, Dalila was born. They then moved to Italy in 1954 where their son Mark was born, and to Brazil in 1956 before finally joining her parents in Minnesota in 1957.
Georgina found few firms willing to hire a female architect when she began her career in the U.S. She had to take a job first as an interior designer and then as a draftsman at the Minneapolis HRA. Finally, James Cooperman and Associates hired her as an architect in 1967. In her 16 years there she designed many prominent office and apartment buildings in the Twin Cities area. She then worked at Tushie-Montgomery and Associates, where she helped design Paisley Park. An expert knitting and crochet crafter, she delighted her family with her projects.
She is survived by son Mark Friedman, Mankato; daughter-in-law Jane Dow, Mankato; daughter Dalila Friedman, Minneapolis; grandson Adam Friedman and wife Jenny Friedman and great granddaughter Ava, Plymouth; grandson Aaron Friedman, Berkeley, California; grandson Andrew Friedman and wife Su Lee, New York; granddaughter Amy Friedman, Los Angeles. She is preceded in death by husband Joseph Friedman, Mankato; parents Louis and Elza Seterlajn, Minneapolis.
A memorial service will be held 1:00 p.m. Saturday, July 21, at St. Edward Episcopal Church, 865 North Ferndale Road, Wayzata, Minnesota.
Published on July 10, 2018