Published by the Washington Post on January 18, 2022.
OMASTA Frieda Patricia (Hayes) Omasta Frieda Patricia (Hayes) Omasta, born April 8, 1945 in Greenfield, Massachusetts, daughter of the late Lillian E. Hayes (Morton) and the late Frederick J. Hayes; and sister of the late Gail Morton Hayes, passed away peacefully on Saturday January 15, 2022 from pancreatic cancer. Frieda grew up in So. Deerfield, Massachusetts, was educated at So. Deerfield Schools and graduated from Frontier Regional High School in 1963. She thoroughly enjoyed her years as a cheerleader, never failing to walk at football and basketball games, parades or other events. She has served as a student council representative, participated in pep tournaments, music festivals, prom, dance, and cheerleader float committees, class will, science fair, and at the Christmas and Spring Variety Shows, and served a year as Majorette President. During the summers she worked at Graves’ Diner in Whately and sewed tobacco for Zagrodnik’s Tobacco Company in Hatfield. After graduating, she attended Fisher College in Boston and took several courses at Cochise and Methodist colleges in Arizona and North Carolina, respectively. After graduating from Fisher College, she moved to Virginia to work at the Central Intelligence Agency for 36 years. In the meantime, she worked as the career outreach coordinator at Reilly Road Elementary School in North Carolina and as an administrative assistant at the National Limestone Institute in Fairfax, Virginia. After retiring from the CIA, she worked as an independent contractor for the federal government for another 10 years. Over the years she has traveled to many countries for work or pleasure, such as Germany, Switzerland, Spain, El Salvador, Guatemala, Mexico, Uruguay, Argentina, Brazil, Peru, Panama, Luxembourg, St. Thomas, Canada, Puerto Rico, England, Japan, Italy, Macedonia, Sudan, Egypt, Greece, China, Austria, Czech Republic, Hungary, France, Africa, Australia, New Zealand and Tanzania. With her family, she also visited many states of the country she loved so much (Maine, Vermont, New Hampshire, Connecticut, Rhode Island, New York, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Florida , Arizona, Alaska, Hawaii, Montana, Oregon, Utah, Texas, Maryland, Colorado, California, Nevada and others). She was very fond of snow skiing, water skiing, power and water walking, jazzercise, dancing, line dancing, swimming, movies and shows, plays, concerts, tennis, croquet , card and board games, reading, baking, ice skating, joining friends for dinner and lunch at restaurants, home entertaining including major parties, and preparing and delivering meals and treats to friends and neighbours. Along with her loving family, she has truly enjoyed the many fun, wonderful, and memorable ski, beach, and hiking trips in the United States and in foreign countries. As a sports enthusiast, she enjoyed attending or watching Army (West Point), WVU Mountaineer, New England Patriots, Washington Redskins, and Baltimore Ravens football games, as well as Red Sox, Washington Nationals and Baltimore Orioles baseball games. Throughout Jason and Martin’s school years, she enjoyed attending their track and field, soccer and basketball games. She has also volunteered as a Cub Scout Leader, Assistant in Boy Scouts, Football Activity Mom for several years including with the Traveling Teams, West Point Parent Club and a leader in Tough Love Groups. She is survived by her beloved husband of 50 years, Robert J. Omasta, of South Riding, VA (raised in No. Hatfield, MA); his beloved sons and companions, Jason Hayes Omasta and Martin Michael Omasta, both of North Hatfield, MA; his brother and sister-in-law, Ronald and Nancy Omasta of Connecticut; and several cousins, nieces and nephews who reside in CT, Amherst, South Hadley, Ware, New York, Florida, Texas, Oregon, Arizona and Hopkinton, MA. A visitation will be held from 4-7 p.m. Thursday, January 20 and a service in the chapel at 11 a.m. Friday, January 21 at Money & King Funeral Home in Vienna, Virginia. A celebration of life will be held in the spring in western Massachusetts. In lieu of flowers, please consider donating to the Loudoun County Women’s Shelter www.LCSJ.org Online condolences and good memories can be offered to the family at: www.moneyandking.com www.moneyandking.com