Frederick "Freddie" A. Phaler Sr., 92, of Lake Winola, Pennsylvania, passed away May 10 at the Commonwealth Hospice of NEPA. His wife was the late Alice "Judgie" Green, who died in 1999.
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Born in Dunmore, Pennsylvania, son to the late Fred and Rhoda Blackmore Phaler, and stepson of the late Sarah Hemler Phaler, Freddie resided there for 65 years before retiring to Lake Winola. He graduated from Dunmore High School in 1941 and attended Hampden-Sydney College. He was an avid baseball player and fan. He played second base for Dunmore High School and Hampden-Sydney College. He served in the U.S. Navy as a petty officer first class during World War II. He had been employed as a truck driver for Preston Trucking Co., and was very proud to be a member of Preston's "Million Mile Safe Driving" club, and could often be heard talking about it and showing off his membership card, which is still in his wallet. He was a member of Teamsters Local 229. While living in Dunmore, he was a member of Dunmore Presbyterian Church.
Freddie was a loving and dedicated husband and father and will be greatly missed by all who knew him.
Surviving are his son, Frederick Jr. "Rick" of Lake Winola; his son, Bill and daughter-in-law, Brenda, of Dale City, Va.; and daughter, Alice and son-in-law, Mike Hincker, of Salem, Va. He had six grandchildren, Alex and Chris Hincker, and Alicia, Adrienne, Ashley and Willie Phaler; six great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews. He is also survived by his sister, Olive and brother-in-law, Donald Collins, of Magnolia, N.J.; his brother, John and sister-in-law, Betty Phaler of Blackwood, N.J.; his sister-in-law, Patty Green, of Newport News, Va.; and his sister-in-law, Dottie and brother-in-law, Bobby Glover of Portsmouth, Ohio.
The funeral will be Wednesday at 11 a.m. in the Carlucci-Golden-DeSantis Funeral Home Inc., 318 E. Drinker St., in Dunmore, with services by the Rev. Ken Forbes. Interment will follow in the Dunmore Cemetery.
Friends may call Tuesday from 5-7 p.m. To send the family an online condolence or for more information, visit www.dunmorefuneralhome.com.
Carlucci Golden DeSantis Funeral Home
318 East Drinker Street
Dunmore, PA 18512
Published in Scranton Times on May 12, 2014