SOUTH THOMASTON — Michael D. Freda, 57, formerly of Belleville, N.J., husband of Josephine A. Freda, died Oct. 8, 2010, at Maine Medical Center in Portland, following a period of declining health.
Born in Newark, N.J., on Nov. 7, 1952, he was the son of Romeo P. and Anna Spassione Freda. At an early age he moved with his family to Belleville, where he attended local schools and graduated from Belleville High School in 1970. Michael went on to graduate from Seton Hall University and Darlington Seminary.
For more than 20 years, he was employed as a retirement benefits manager with PSE&G in its Newark, N.J., office.
Having summered in Maine more than 20 years, Michael moved here permanently in 2008.
With one of his educational accomplishments being a master's in history, Michael has continued as a student of history throughout his adult life, and was an ardent Civil War history buff. He also had a passion for country music history and at one time wrote a discography of country music artist Eddie Arnold.
Michael was a member of the International Al Jolson Society and the Lincoln Society. He was an avid reader both of history and biography, and held a special affinity to Pope Paul VI. He was looking forward to his second trip to The Vatican, next month.
Devoted to his family, Michael enjoyed sharing his beloved state of Maine with them. His greatest love was his grandchildren and he took an active interest in their lives, whether in music, fishing or model railroading.
He was a communicant of St. Bernard's Catholic Church in Rockland.
Other than his parents, Michael was predeceased by his brother, Carmine Freda.
He is survived by his wife of 28 years, Josephine of South Thomaston; a stepson, James M. McGeary and his wife, Mary, of North Brunswick, N.J.; a stepdaughter, Kelly Starnes and her husband, Paul, of Toms River, N.J.; a sister-in-law, Christine Freda of Old Bridge, N.J.; four grandchildren, Liam, Ian and Kelly McGeary and Paul Starnes; a niece, Chrissy Freda; a nephew, Carmine Freda; and a great-nephew, Nathan Michael Freda.
Memorial donations may be made to the American Kidney Fund, Suite 1010, 6110 Executive Boulevard, Rockville, MD 20852
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