Donald Charles FrericksDonald Charles Frericks, born Dec. 29, 1930, in Remsen, Iowa, to Aloysius and Elizabeth Frericks, passed away Friday, Oct. 30, 2009, at the Minnesota Veterans Home in Silver Bay, from complications of pancreatic cancer.
Donald Charles Frericks, born Dec. 29, 1930, in Remsen, Iowa, to Aloysius and Elizabeth Frericks, passed away Friday, Oct. 30, 2009, at the Minnesota Veterans Home in Silver Bay, from complications of pancreatic cancer.
The family moved to Wabasso in 1934 and Don atended St. Anne’s Catholic School. He went on to attend the Dunwoody Institute in Minneapolis.
Don was an Army veteran of the Korean War. He also worked at Powell Candy Co. in Minneapolis, was a telegrapher for the Sooline Railway in Frederic, Wis., and worked at the Wabasso Creamery before embarking on his career at Reserve Mining Company in Silver Bay, where he worked from 1956 until he retired in 1986.
In 1958 he married Marilyn Woelfel in Seaforth. Don was an active charter member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church, a member of the Knights of Columbus, a member of the VFW and a lifelong member of the DisabledAmerican Veterans.
Don was an avid hunter and fisherman. He enjoyed gardening, wood working, working on engines and restoring old vehicles.
His grandchildren were his pride and joy.
Don is preceded in death by his parents, an infant brother, brother Kenneth and brothers-in-law Robert Petersen and Kenneth Pelzel. Don is survived by his wife, Marilyn, of 51 years; sons Michael (Julia) of Sartell; Douglas (Helen) of Garden City, and daughter Deanna (David) Larson of Silver Bay. He is also survived by his grandchildren Hannah, Laura and Abigail Frericks; Benjamin, Kirstin, Chelsea and Rebecca Larson. Brothers James (Lanay) of Silver Bay; Joseph (Joan) of Le Center; Ronald (Linda) of Hopkins. Sisters Lorraine Petersen of Mesa Ariz., and Wabasso; Karen Pelzel of Jefferson, Wis.
The family is very thankful for the care given from Dr. John Streitz and the staff of St. Mary’s Hospital in Duluth, the doctors at the Silver Bay Clinic and the staff at the Minnesota Veterans Home.
A memorial Mass at St. Marys Church in Silver Bay will be held at 11 a.m. Friday. Inurnment will be at a later date in the Sawtooth Mountain Cemetery. Memorials are preferred in lieu of flowers. Services provided by the Cremation Society of Minnesota.