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“Mr. Freel was one of my teacher's at Akron Fairgrove back in the 80's. I am sorry for your loss. Praying for peace and healing for the family. ”
1 of 22 | Posted by: Brad Hebert ('88) - Grand Rapids, MI

“Our thoughts, love and prayers go to Louise, Susan,Laura and Ann at this sad time! John will always hold lovely memories in our hearts! ”
2 of 22 | Posted by: Mary FreelGreen - Australia

“I am saddened to hear of Mr Freels' passing. He was a good teacher and a very good man. He will be missed. ”
3 of 22 | Posted by: Chris Wilding - Fort Worth, TX

“Very sorry to hear of John's passing. May prayers and words of comfort strengthens his family in their time of needs.Ypsilanti,Michgan ”
4 of 22 | Posted by: A friend

“Laura & Jeff; FamilyYou are in our thoughts and prayers during this difficult time on the passing of your Father. ”
5 of 22 | Posted by: John, Ann & Haley Powers - MI

“Aunt Louise, Sue, Laura, Ann.I was so sad to hear of Uncle Johns death. When me and Patrick were young whenever it was announced Uncle John was here...Read More »
6 of 22 | Posted by: Kevin Freel - Bay City, MI

“Mr. Freel was my 4th grade teacher and one of the many teachers at Akron-Fairgrove who inspired me to become a teacher. I have many fond memories...Read More »
7 of 22 | Posted by: Aimee Butts-Schultz - MI

“I am so sorry to hear of John's death. What a wonderful man. Really enjoyed working with him. Barb Bovee ”
8 of 22 | Posted by: Barb Bovee - Essexville, MI

“You will be greatly missed, Uncle John. You always made me laugh when I was young, and I am glad that you are at peace now. Love you!! ”
9 of 22 | Posted by: Christian Freel - Glen Allen, VA

“What a great man and pleasure to know. I am sorry to hear of John's passing. I served on the commission with him. ”
10 of 22 | Posted by: Jim Harmon - Macclenny, FL

“Louise, I have been in shock since receiving your text. John was a very special person. He will be missed. I have a hole in my heart. ”
11 of 22 | Posted by: Beverly Garwood - Niles, MI

“Uncle John-you will be truly missed. Thank you for always putting a smile on my face and treating me like I was your own. Aunt Louise, Susan, Laura...Read More »
12 of 22 | Posted by: Karen Zerbe (Freel) - Howell, MI

“Louise and family, so sorry for your loss, seeing you and John several weeks ago was such a pleasure, bringing back memories of Samaritan Hsp. and...Read More »
13 of 22 | Posted by: Tracey Lather - Essexville, MI

“John, you will be sorely missed. I could listen for hours to your stories. My prayers are with you. Aunt Louise, and your children. I pray for...Read More »
14 of 22 | Posted by: Kate Freel - Comins, MI

“To one of my favorite teachers, you will never be forgotten. ”
15 of 22 | Posted by: Robin Hendrick- Will - Fairgrove, MI

“Louise: Our heartfelt sympathy goes to you and your family for the loss of this great guy. We will keep you in our prayers during this most...Read More »
16 of 22 | Posted by: Jan DeWyse - Bay City, MI

“Aunt Louise, Susan, Laura & Ann, I'm so sorry to hear of Uncle John's passing. He has & always will hold a special place in my heart. He was a fun,...Read More »
17 of 22 | Posted by: Peggy Freel Woolard - Charlotte, NC

“Praying God provides peace to everyone grieving. I'll miss you Uncle John. ”
18 of 22 | Posted by: Michaela Woods - Akron, MI

“Louise, Please accept my sincere condolences. ”
19 of 22 | Posted by: James Walsh - Newbury Park, CA

“Sue Ayres( O'leary ) & Ron Ayres. Sydney Australia ”
20 of 22 | Posted by: A friend

Forever in my Heart....Love you Daddy Freel “I am at a total loss of words of what to write or say to you to console you for the loss of your father. Your dad was a great man, full of integrity...Read More »
21 of 22 | Posted by: Dena Daher - Hartland, MI

“Our hearts are broken. Our prayers are with all the John Freel family.Don, Kathie, Matt, Tiffany and Katharine Freel ”
22 of 22 | Posted by: Don Freel - Bay City, MI


John G. Freel, age 79 years, passed away unexpectedly on Monday, December 5, 2016 at his home. He was born in Bay City on March 26, 1937 to the late John A. and Agnes (Krzewina) Freel. John earned his Bachelor's and Master's Degrees in education from Saginaw Valley State University and went on to earn an Educational Specialist Degree from Central Michigan University. He taught for 27 years in the Akron Fairgrove Public Schools. He was a member of St. Jude Thaddeus Parish and served 3 terms on the Essexville City Commission and 1 term as Mayor of Essexville. On August 19, 1967, he married the former Louise C. Michaels and she survives him. He also leaves 3 daughters: Susan M. (John) Williamson, Laura L. (Jeffrey) Strohpaul and Ann M. (Robert) Goodwin, his grandchildren: John, Claire, and Benjamin Williamson, Taylor and Zachary Strohpaul and Ashton and Hunter Goodwin, as well as his siblings: Leon (Judy) Freel, George (Shirley) Freel, Peter (Mary Ann) Freel, Donald (Kathy) Freel, Charles (Carol) Freel, Mary (Leslie) Green, Paul (Terry) Freel and Patricia (Larry) Hill and a sister-in-law, Mary Jane Freel. Also surviving is David Freel and many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by 4 brothers: his twin, Jerome, Bernard, Michael and Thomas Freel. Funeral Liturgy will be on Wednesday, December 7, 2016 at 10 a.m. at St. Jude Thaddeus Parish-St. John the Evangelist Church in Essexville. The Rev. Fr. Dale Orlik will preside with Rite of Committal following in St. Patrick Cemetery. Visitation will be on Tuesday, December 6, 2016 from 3-9 p.m. at Penzien-Steele Funeral Home, with a Vigil for the Deceased at 7 p.m. He will lie in state at the church on Wednesday from 9 a.m. until service time. Memorial contributions can be made to St. Jude Thaddeus Parish or the St. Jude Children's Research Hospital.