John T. Freas, 68, of Duryea peacefully passed away Friday, March 22, 2013, at his home surrounded by his loving family. His loving wife of 19 years, Diane (Matt) Freas, cared for him throughout his courageous battle with cancer.
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He was born in Taylor March 7, 1945, and was the youngest son of the late Samuel and Ann (Giger) Freas.
He enlisted and served in the U.S. Navy until 1966, following graduation from Moosic High School. He then entered the workforce at American Can, Scranton, then worked at Techneglas in Jenkins Township for 27 years in quality control.
Following his retirement, he was employed by Weis markets, Duryea. John was a member of Nativity Of Our Lord Parish, Duryea, Duryea American Legion Post 585, Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 1227, Duryea and a social member of the West Side Social Club, Avoca.
He enjoyed hunting, fishing, crossword puzzles and most of all cooking and canning from his large vegetable garden. He was always willing to lend a helping hand with a smile on his face and a kind word to say. John enjoyed spending time with his family and friends he was loved by all who knew him and he will be sadly missed.
In addition to his parents, he is preceded in death by his brothers, Joseph and Samuel Freas Jr.; and his mother-in-law, Mary Matt.
In addition to his wife, Diane, John is survived by his daughters, Alicia Adams and Tara McCann, Suscon; and Maria Vitelli, Duryea; grandchildren, Kaylee Roberts, Madyson Villegas, Falin McCann, and Jeffrey Adams. Also surviving are his sisters, Mary Ann Bieryla, Greenwood; Betty Orlando, Pittston; several nieces, nephews, great-nephews and the family cat, Jackson.
Funeral services will be held at 9 a.m. Monday from Kiesinger Funeral Services Inc., 255 McAlpine St., Duryea, with a Mass of Christian Burial at 9:30 a.m. in Sacred Heart of Jesus Church, Duryea with the Rev. Andrew Sinnott officiating. Friends may call from 5 to 8 p.m. Sunday.
John's family would like to thank Dr. James Kosik, and staff, Dr. Kishori and Staff and the nurses and staff of Hospice of The Sacred Heart for a care that John had received.
Online condolences may be made to www.kiesingerfuneralservices.com.
Published in Citizens' Voice on Mar. 23, 2013