George J. Freund

March 19, 1931 ‒ November 29, 2006

Mansfield, Ohio

The Freund Family will receive friends Thursday, December 7, 2006 2-4 and 6-9 PM AND Friday, December 8, 2006 2-4 and 6-9 PM in the Lexington Avenue Snyder Funeral Home.

The funeral service will be held Saturday, December 9, 2006 in the church building, located at 1332 Middle Bellville Road, Mansfield.

MANSFIELD: George J. Freund, 75, of Riva Ridge Drive, Mansfield, died Wednesday morning November 29, 2006 in St. Vincent Mercy Medical Center, Toledo, from injuries he received in a bicycle-automobile accident Saturday on Catawba Island.

Born March 19, 1931, in Brooklyn, New York to George and Margaret Freund, he was graduated from Mansfield Senior High School in 1949.

George’s professional life was primarily in the banking and real estate industries. He was directly involved in the merger issues and activities of predecessor companies that ultimately became Bank One. .

There were two places where George especially loved to be. First and foremost was at church worshipping God with fellow believers. Second, was to be at his summer home on Catawba Island.

Blessed with the gifts of preaching and counseling, he served his local congregation at 1332 Middle Bellville Road for roughly 52 years in the ministry and eldership. Being loved and respected on an international level, he served in eldership capacities for congregations in Cleveland, Columbus, Union City, Pennsylvania, Beverly Hills, Michigan and Kitchener, Ontario, Canada. He had the privilege to preach the Gospel at churches in Mexico, Europe, and Canada in addition to his sermons in the United States.

Being raised on a farm, George had a love for animals, especially his pet dogs. Boating and bicycling were passions of his but took a back seat to his Christian responsibilities that involved the spiritual birth, growth and maturing of believers in Jesus Christ.

Having a sharp mind, engaging personality and being well read, he would engage people in conversations based upon their interests. A true Buckeye and Mansfielder, he loved the Mansfield community and showed the same by serving on local boards and donating financially to many local non-profit organizations.

He is survived by his wife of 54 years, Luella M. (Getz) Freund, sons and daughters-in-law, G. Randall and Doris Freund of Mansfield, Bryan L. and Barbara Freund of Phoenix, AZ, Scott A. and Annamarie Freund of Glendale, AZ, Thomas J. and Lois Freund of Mansfield; grandchildren Keith Freund, Byron Freund, Kimberly Gerhardt, Hillary Freund, Stephanie Nadelkovic, Megan Freund, Lauren Freund, Rebecca Freund, Max Freund and Jack Freund; brother and sister-in-law Robert and Leona Freund of Syracuse, New York, aunts Margaret Hock and Elizabeth Statler, brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law Duane and Jeanne Getz of Mansfield, David and Sandra Getz of Jupiter, FL, John and Mary Lou Zeug of Woodcliff Lake, NJ and Thomas and Diane Getz of Jupiter, FL; seven nephews and nine neices.

He was preceded in death by his parents, numerous aunts and uncles and one nephew.

The family will receive friends Thursday, December 7, 2006 from 2-4 and 6-9 pm and Friday, December 8, 2006 from 2-4 and 6-9 pm in the Lexington Avenue Snyder Funeral Home. The funeral service will be held Saturday, December 9 at 10:00 am in Apostolic Christian Church, 1332 Middle Bellville Road, officiated by brothers of the church. Burial will follow in Mansfield Cemetery.

Memorial contributions should be directed to the organizations George felt most passionate about: Apostolic Christian Church, Richland Pregnancy Services, Mansfield Christian School, and Habitat for Humanity. These may be made at the funeral home.

Online condolences may be made to the family by visiting: www.snyderfuneralhomes.com