NORTHAMPTON - Frede Franklin Froehlich, 89, a retired U.S. Navy officer (USNA '46) and National Security Agency employee, died Oct. 30, 2012, at The Overlook at Northampton in Leeds from complications of pneumonia.
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He was born Dec. 2, 1922, in Gridley, Ill., the second of three sons of Fred E. Froehlich and Lola Froehlich. During his grade-school years and throughout the Depression, he and his family lived in the small farming communities of Lexington and Blue Mound in central Illinois.
He succeeded in gaining a congressional appointment to the U.S. Naval Academy, an achievement given his background. He served on mine sweepers in Kobe harbor, Japan, after World War II.
With his brother, Van, he later ran a farm machinery business in Mount Pulaski, Ill., and then was recalled to the Navy's occupation forces in Germany during the Korean conflict.
After leaving active service, he joined NSA and worked in engineering management until retiring to a part-time real estate career.
In 1957 he married Jeannette Stehman Wilburn of Cherrydale (Arlington), Va., moving to Simpsonville, Md. (now Columbia), where they raised their family and resided for 50 years until Jeannette's passing in 2008.
He bought a farm near Shippensburg, Pa., in 1966, where he spent many weekends indulging his love for farming, tractors and vegetable gardening, and introducing his children to farm life. After retiring he was able to devote even more time to his passion as a "gentleman farmer," until failing health began to restrict his activities.
He was also a longtime member of Christ Memorial Presbyterian Church in Columbia.
He lived at Brighton Gardens of Columbia from 2008 to 2011, maintaining an active correspondence with old friends and family, enjoying full days and the kindly people there.
With failing health in 2012, he lived at Overlook's East Wing, where dedicated staff gave him exceptional, loving care. It truly became his home, and Frede's family extends their sincerest thanks to this special group of caregivers.
He is survived by his daughter Sue Froehlich (Carl Schlerman) of Williamsburg and his son Fred Froehlich Jr. (Susan Henley) of Baltimore. He also leaves four grandchildren, Else and Marlena Schlerman and Camille and Elam Henley. He was predeceased by his brothers David and Van Froehlich.
His funeral service with reception to follow will be Saturday, Nov. 17, 2012, at 11 a.m., at Christ Memorial Presbyterian Church in Columbia.
Interment will be Sunday, Nov. 18, at 2 p.m., at National Memorial Park Cemetery, Falls Church, Va.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to The Overlook at Northampton Activity Fund, 222 River Road, Leeds, MA 01053, or Gilchrest Hospice Care, 5537 Twin Knolls Road, Suite 433, Columbia, MD 21045.
Ahearn Funeral Home
783 Bridge Road
Northampton, MA 01060
Published in Daily Hampshire Gazette on Nov. 12, 2012