Mark Freifeld
1956 - 2014
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Mark Freifeld


Loving husband and father Mark Freifeld died on July 26, 2014 after a lengthy and courageous battle with Multiple System Atrophy. He was born on April 23, 1956 in Los Angeles to Daniel and Dolores Freifeld. After 40 years in L.A., he and his family moved to Raleigh, North Carolina.

Mark was an active participant in life. He owned a successful executive search firm, enjoyed discussing politics, economics, and philosophy with his friends, and ran several sprint triathlons. He won the 1970s TV game show Bowling for Dollars with three strikes in a row, beat Wilt Chamberlain at a game of racquetball, enjoyed The Three Stooges, and loved Shabbat dinners with family.

Even as his physical state declined after his 2011 diagnosis, Mark continued to inspire family and friends as he wrote and completed his memoir. Mark was a strong advocate for research funding for MSA and rare diseases, writing to political leaders and encouraging contributions for MSA research at the Mayo Clinic.

Most importantly, Mark loved his family. He loved his wife, of 32 years, Julia. Their marriage was a model for their three children, demonstrating the values of communication, laughter, parties, and family. As MSA took its toll, Mark and Julia continued to show each other unconditional love and respect.

Mark was an inspiring, engaged, funny, and caring father, grandfather, brother, and son. Surviving are his son Jeremy and his wife Jennifer; his daughter Emily and her husband James; his son David; his mother, Dolores; and brother, Richard. He also dearly loved his two grandsons, Noah Freifeld and Max Kotecki.

The family would like to thank Transitions LifeCare (formerly Hospice of Wake County) for their guidance, care, and support. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Multiple System Atrophy Research at the Mayo Clinic at

Funeral services will be on Tuesday, July 29th, at Temple Beth Or in Raleigh at 12:00pm. A graveside service will follow at Judea Reform Congregation Cemetery in Chapel Hill.

Published in The News & Observer from Jul. 28 to Jul. 29, 2014.
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August 18, 2014
Although it has been many years since we saw you, Jeff and I had great respect and love for Mark. Our sincere condolences to Julia, Jerry, Barbara and all the wonderful family. Jeff Horwitz and Irene Paris
irene paris
August 4, 2014
My condolences to family and friends. May you all find comfort in reading Ps 68:19,20 in this time of sorrow.
August 2, 2014
From the time I first met Mark in Los Angeles he always impressed me as a wonderful husband and father (at the time with just two toddlers). From all those who have known him in the years since, it's clear that he became even more of what he always was, a source of love and warmth ;and I know this is a painful loss for his family. my deepest condolences.
Darryle Pollack
August 2, 2014
May your hearts soon be filled with wonderful memories of joyful times together as you celebrate a life well lived.
Bill & Shelley Snyder
July 30, 2014
For Mark
Ritje Schouppe-Moons
July 30, 2014
I Have a Dream ... Cure MSA
Dear Mark, you are now with my beloved husband JiePie, both you were strong advocates for more research for MSA. Thanks for your endless courage in the passed. You will twinkel as a new born star above all of us. Rest in Peace.
Ritje Schouppe-Moons
July 30, 2014
Julia, Jeremy, Emily, David and your families - I worked for Mark at Westwood Lien services years ago. I am so sorry for your loss. You are all truly blessed to have had this man as you husband and father.
Tami Richlin Guttman
July 30, 2014
Mark and I were close friends during our UCLA undergraduate years. I always enjoyed his infectious laugh and sense of humor. He was a good man then, and from what I have read of his loving family and friends, he clearly was a good man until the very end.
Marc Graboff
July 29, 2014
I'm glad I got to know Mark, even if it was late in his life. My warmest thoughts and prayers are with you all.
Gary Rose
July 29, 2014
Mark, you are with my husband Dewayne now, who shed MSA 3 years ago Oct. 11.
Francie Hutton
July 29, 2014
Thinking of the Freifeld family during this difficult time. I'm so grateful I had the chance to meet Mr. Freifeld during your trips to visit Emily in Denmark and DC - what a wonderful man, whose light shines on in your family. My prayers and thoughts are with you.
Nikki Allem
July 29, 2014
Mark lived life full-on and with such generosity of spirit! Ed & I were blessed to share some of his joie de vivre.
Page Cvelich
July 28, 2014
Mark, you were always so good with words and as I sit here trying to think of how to put into words the loss that we feel to know you are gone just don't seem to come to mind easy. My heart goes out to your family and know that you will be missed by your family of MSA friends.
Vera James
July 28, 2014
My deepest sympathies. Your battle is over. Peace, comfort and strength for your family. Soar with the Angels!
Bonnie Llewellyn
July 28, 2014
So sorry that this awful disease has claimed another angel. Thinking of you all. Heather Buckel, UK
Heather Buckel
July 28, 2014
My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. May
You find comfort in the wonderful memories you have of Mark.
Nancy E Friedberg
Raleigh NC
July 28, 2014
What we have once enjoyed
we can never lose...
All that we love deeply
becomes a part of us.
-Helen Keller

We are thinking of you during this difficult time.

Jose and Volkert Kreuk, Raleigh, NC
July 28, 2014
To the family of Mark Freifeld,
I wish to extend my deepest sympathy and condolence to your family at this sad time. May the God of the Holy Writings comfort you all as you grieve the loss of a "courageous man." I work with Jeremy at UNC (OUC). If Mr. Freifeld is anything like his son Jeremy,"I know that he was a great guy and will sorely be missed!!" Again, my prayers are with you.
Denise Allen
July 28, 2014
Deni and Tommy Marcus will not be forgotten and your loved ones will benefit for the rest of their lives for having you as the best angel on their shoulders! Thank you for leaving a lasting impression on my life and the lives of so many! You are forever loved and admired......
Love to all the Freifelds and Leves from all the Padveens!!!!!
July 28, 2014
Mr. Freifeld was an extraordinary man and a true inspiration. May your hearts soon be filled with memories of joyful times together as you celebrate a life well lived.
Cindy Yandle
July 28, 2014
May God bless you and your family in this time of sorrow.
Sandra Griguol
July 28, 2014
You are in my thoughts and prayers.
Doug Gearhart
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