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Lawrence Fredendall

Lawrence D. Fredendall

Saturday, May 30th, 1925 - Monday, September 21st, 2020
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Dean was born May 30, 1925 to Donald R. and Mathilda (Leiran) Fredendall in the family home in Waterville, Iowa. Growing up in the rural northeast area of Iowa, he spent time with multiple family members, especially the Norwegian side with the combined Leiran, Swain, and Uglum families. He enjoyed the farm aspect of living in the area but grew up in the village where he went to school, played basketball in high school, and graduated in May 1943. Just one day after his graduation he was on a train to Port Huron where he joined his father who had come to Port Huron for work and where his Uncle Perry got him a job as a gofer at Howard Furniture. Between arriving in Port Huron and being drafted into the Army in August he met the lovely young Eileen Roberts. While Dean served in the US Army Air Corp with the 17th Bomb Group in WWII from late 1943 to January 2, 1946, Eileen was in nursing school in Mt. Clemens.

They wrote letters and sent telegrams during the war, but when Dean returned in 1946, they had a weekend focused courtship as they traveled between Port Huron and Mt. Clemens. On May 14, 1947 Eileen and Dean married at St. Stephen Church and resided in Port Huron until his death.

Dean (Larry to his many friends) worked and went to Port Huron Junior College where he graduated in 1949. From then his career took many turns, from working and managing in factories, selling insurance, to owning small restaurants. In the mid-1970’s he bought Serve-All Appliance Parts & Repair and operated that business until selling it to his son David.

Dean was a caring, giving person who was always helping someone. He was a caring, humble man always focused on helping others. Whether it was bringing home a homeless person for a meal, making sure an older living alone neighbor had a hot meal or working through a non-profit to help the greater community he was “paying it forward.” He was honored many times for his work, but that is not why he gave back. Something within him was rewarded by assisting people. His legacy lives on via the St. Vincent DePaul Society and the Blue Water Community Food Depot. He enjoyed his golf and was a member of the Elks. He was also a member of the VFW and the American Legion. Eileen and Dean are founding members of St. Mary Catholic Parish in Port Huron.

As demonstrated by his large family, Dean loved people. He especially loved his babies and enjoyed those great grandbabies right up to the end of his life. As recently noted in a family conversation, “Grandpa loves his family, he loves his babies, he just loves.” He knew how to calm down any child that came into his house with a bit of rocking and singing.

Dean passed from this life on September 21, 2020 and is survived by his loving wife Eileen and their children Lawrence Jr. (Elaine), Duane (Sam), Marie (Dan) Neaton, Daniel (Martha Foley), David (Sue), Dominic (Suzanne), Martha (Brent) Israel, Donald (Ruthie), Mary (David) Shoudy and Chris (Michelle) Berberian; 28 grandchildren; and 24 great grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by an infant son Eric; his parents; brothers Verdun (Fritz), Donald and LeRoy Fredendall; and sisters Esther Revoir and Joyce Emlaw; and granddaughter Maylissa.

Dean’s Funeral Mass was celebrated on September 26, 2020 in St. Mary Church, Port Huron.
Military Honors were rendered by the St. Clair County Allied Veterans Honor Guard. Burial in Mt. Hope Cemetery, Port Huron, MI.

Memorial contributions in his memory are welcomed. Dean would especially appreciate contributions to the St. Vincent DePaul Society or to the Blue Water Community Food Depot.

For further information, please visit smithfamilyfuneralhome.com.
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Service Details

  • Visitation

    Friday, September 25th, 2020 | 2:00pm - 8:00pm
    When
    Friday, September 25th, 2020 2:00pm - 8:00pm
    Location
    Smith Family Funeral Home - North
    Address
    1525 Hancock Street
    Port Huron, Michigan 48060
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  • Second Visitation

    Saturday, September 26th, 2020 | 10:00am - 11:00am
    When
    Saturday, September 26th, 2020 10:00am - 11:00am
    Location
    St. Mary's Catholic Church
    Address
    1429 Ballentine St
    Port Huron, Michigan 48060
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  • Rosary Service

    Friday, September 25th, 2020 | 7:00pm
    When
    Friday, September 25th, 2020 7:00pm
    Location
    Smith Family Funeral Home - North
    Address
    1525 Hancock Street
    Port Huron, Michigan 48060
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  • Service

    Saturday, September 26th, 2020 | 11:00am
    When
    Saturday, September 26th, 2020 11:00am
    Location
    St. Mary's Catholic Church
    Address
    1429 Ballentine St
    Port Huron, Michigan 48060
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    Officiant
    Father Zbigniew Zomerfeld
  • Interment

    Location
    Mt. Hope Cemetery
    Address
    1209 Krafft Rd
    Port Huron, Michigan 48060
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Jeff and Kathleen Dionne

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Dave wish we could be there for you & please know you are in our thoughts & prayers.We miss you &may your Father be at peace . LoveJeff&KathDionne
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Steve Donnellon

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In loving tribute to a great man, who kept the world free, and helped triumph goodness. He is reunited now with the rest. -The family of Ed Donnellon
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Jan Shanahan

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Marie, Dan, and family,
We are thinking about you and your family. We send our condolences and love.
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You are in our thoughts and prayers Dan - Love, The SLANEC's
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Dan, Martha - So sorry for your loss; you and your family are in our thoughts and prayers. Greg Kacvinsky and Kris Harrison
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