Abendroth, Frederick Carl
Dec. 2, 1955 - Sep. 6, 2013
Frederick Carl Abendroth, 57, died unexpectedly September 6, 2013. Mr. Abendroth was born to Frederick W. Abendroth and Thelma McIntyre Abendroth in Bay City, Michigan, a graduate of Bay City Central High School in 1974. He was president of the National Honor Society and the German Club. He also was his school's representative on the Board of Education, was a member of the debate team and served as acolyte at the Trinity Episcopal Church. He graduated from Michigan State University, magna cum laude, in 1978, a member of the Honors College and Beta Gamma Sigma, an honorary business award, recognizing the top ten percent of the nation's business graduates.
He married Theresa Heamon in July 1978 in East Lansing, MI, and they attended the University of Notre Dame Law School. Fred later received his MBA degree from MSU in 1982. His investment career began with the Dart Container Corporation, where he worked from 1983-1995. During those twelve years he grew the investment portfolio from 65 million to 3.3 billion. He retired from Dart in 1995, after becoming a world traveler and President of Dart Asia Limited.
During retirement he learned how to make stained glass, volunteered with Releaf Sarasota, and grew and maintained a Certified Native Florida Landscape. Fred was also a gourmand who loved many Sarasota restaurants, and especially, the Supernova Cafe, downtown. He was also a popular member of several local internet groups where he called himself Frederick Sarasota, and specialized in writing with his sharp wit or droll humor. He was involved in various projects to benefit the city. It was common for Fred to be friendly and talkative with strangers, and he was generous to any good cause. In retirement, he took pride in mentoring others, and joy in a slower, simpler life. He is survived by his sister, Caryl Sue Abendroth of Ada, MI; his nieces Crislyn V'Soske Baughman (Bruce) of Asheville, NC, and Mekala V'Soske Winbigler (Kenny)of Wyoming, MI; his former wife and lifelong best friend, Theresa Heamon and her daughter Elena Roper of South Bend, IN; his nephew Giuseppe Prestia and his son Luca Prestia of Sarasota; and by the John and Caroline Strickland family of Sarasota (Laura and Brian Keisacker), neighbors who achieved "family" status over the years. A private memorial gathering was held at the Strickland's on September 12, 2013. A memorial service will be held also on or about Fred's birthday, Dec. 2nd. For condolences or requests for further information about the future memorial service, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org. The family requests any memorial donations be made to the Animal Rescue Coalition, 1408 State St., Sarasota. Arrangements are by Gulf Coast Cremations.
Published in Herald Tribune from Sept. 14 to Sept. 15, 2013