Freda Blahut
Freda Blahut

(nee Marszalek)

Freda Blahut, (nee Marszalek), age 97, of Joliet, passed away Thursday, January 14, 2021 at Lakeshore Rehab and Healthcare in Joliet.

Surviving is her loving niece, Lynda (Robert) McCarthy, as well as many great nieces, great nephews and friends.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Michael Blahut; parents, Walter and Mary Marszalek; three sisters, Frances Marszalek, Helen (Edward) Struzik, and Theresa Marszalek; and her beloved niece, Mary-kay "Beans" Struzik.

Freda was a parishioner at the former St. Thaddeus Church for many years where she volunteered much of her time, later becoming a member of Holy Cross Catholic Church. She was also a parishioner at St. Mary Immaculate Church and a member of the Joliet Elks Lodge where she worked Bingo.

Freda was employed at the Busy Bee Restaurant in Joliet and enjoyed being a camp counselor during the summers working with children at various parks. She will always be remembered for her love of Pekingese dogs, especially her Chrissy.

Freda's family would like to express their sincere gratitude to the entire staff of Lakewood Rehab and Healthcare and Transitions Hospice for their loving care.

In lieu of flowers, memorials in her name can be made to your favorite charity.

Funeral services for Freda Marszalek Blahut were private. Interment was in Holy Cross Cemetery.

Fred C. Dames Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

For more information, please call (815) 741-5500 or visit her Memorial Tribute at

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Published by The Herald-News on Jan. 19, 2021.
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Your love one was so nice. Met her at Rosewood. She sat at the table with my mother Mary Hayes. I will always remember her.
Shirley Williams
January 27, 2021
Freda was and still is my Angel. I remember the first time I saw Freda. Her snowy white hair was pulled up in a soft bun. She looked so beautiful. That was a little over 3 years ago. We would talk about how much both of us loved to dance. I would dance for her. It warmed my heart to see her come alive when she talked about her dancing days. I will truly miss her smile. I will miss her raspy little voice that was so powerful yet very gentle. I will miss her kindness and most of all her kisses. I am saddened to hear that my Angel has flown away, but I know that we will see each other again one day where we will be dancing together in the home of our Heavenly Father. God Bless You family. Please know that Freda will always be loved and never forgotten!
Connie Fitch
January 25, 2021
I remember her from when she worked at Heggie Field .........a very kind and loving lady..may she rest in peace...
Antoinette Wicburg
January 21, 2021
Lynda, I am so sorry to hear of Freda's passing. I have so many memories of her from St. Thad's....including sitting in her favorite back pew for our wedding. She shared anniversary parties with us, too. She was special to us and I so enjoyed her smile. My thoughts and prayers are with her and you....and remembering happy times.
Phyllis A Scholtes (Doszak)
January 19, 2021