James A. Freres, age 91, passed away Wednesday, October 24, 2012, at Wheaton-Franciscan-All Saints Medical Center. James was born in Racine on January 14, 1921, son of the late Nicholas and Josephine (Nee: Meier) Freres.
With his family, Jim owned and operated Sterling Tool Company for many years and was a member of the NTMA (National Tooling Machining Association). He was a longtime and active member of St. Rita Catholic Church and an affiliate member of the Augustinian Order. He served as a marriage enrichment counselor, Eucharistic minister, jail minister and taught RCIC classes. Previously, Jim and his wife were active, dedicated members of St. Mary’s Catholic Church and were instrumental in the building of the church. He was also a member of the Serra Club, and a charter member of the Fifth Street Yacht Club. In his spare time Jim enjoyed the Green Bay Packers, fishing, gardening, and his many delightful travels with his wife, Eileen. He was a loving and devoted husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather who will be dearly missed.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Tuesday, October 30, 2012, at 11 a.m. at St. Rita Catholic Church, 4339 Douglas Ave., with Rev. Kevin Mullins OSA officiating. Entombment with Full Military Honors will follow at Holy Cross Garden Mausoleum, Hwy 32. Relatives and friends may meet with the family on Monday at the funeral home from 5 p.m. until 7 p.m. and Tuesday at the church from 10 a.m. until time of Mass at 11 a.m. Memorials to St. Rita Church Capital Fund, Respect Life Program, or to Hospice Alliance have been suggested.
The family extends a special thank you to the entire staff at Wheaton Franciscan – All Saints Medical Center for their loving and compassionate care.
MARESH-MEREDITH & ACKLAM FUNERAL HOME
803 Main St., Racine (262) 634-7888