Joseph Alfred Fregeau September 8, 1930 - March 7, 2010 Long time Kern County resident, Joseph Alfred Fregeau, passed away Sunday, March 7, 2010. He was 79 years old. Mr. Fregeau was born in Merced, California on September 8, 1930 to parents, Alfred Crofort and Harriett Catherine (Kramer) Fregeau. The family moved to Kern County when he was a small boy. On February 24, 1952 he married Jeanette Faye Fessier at the old St. Francis Catholic Church in Bakersfield. They had seven children. Joseph had many interests. He worked as an Ornamental Blacksmith. In the Taft Museum he set up a functional blacksmith shop which the museum named after him. He loved the outdoors... hunting, fishing and camping. San Simeon Beach was always a favorite site, returning every year for decades. Joseph could also fix anything. A call to dad would always bring help. He was a member of the Early Gas Engine Club. He and his friends restored old gas engines, his favorite being a Hicks Marine Engine named Bertha. A true musician at heart, Joseph played the slide guitar, ukulele and Ragtime on the piano... all by ear. Mr. and Mrs. Fregeau were devout Catholics and members of St. Malachy Catholic Church. Joseph is survived by his daughters, Jonette and Willie Van den Hoek, Toni and Joe Hines, Cathy Henry, Chrisey Fregeau, Bernadette and Mike Angelo, Evelyn and Steve Sanders; son, Joseph and Tina Fregeau; 18 grandchildren and 22 great-grandchildren. His wife, Jeanette, passed away in January of 2009. A Mass of the Resurrection will be held Thursday, March 11, at 10:00 a.m., at St. Malachy Catholic Church, in Tehachapi. Burial will follow at Tehachapi Public Cemetery, Westside. Father Joel Davadilla will officiate.Wood Family Funeral Service, Inc. is handling the arrangements. Wood Family Funeral Service, Inc. Wood Family Funeral Service, Inc. www.bakersfield.com/obits
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Published in Bakersfield Californian on Mar. 10, 2010