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Paul M. Freund

Obituary for Paul M. Freund

October 31, 1931 - August 2, 2017
McHenry, Illinois | Age 85

Beloved Father, Grandfather, Brother and Friend


Paul Martin Freund, 85, of McHenry died Wednesday, August 2nd, 2017, along with his wife Dolores in an automobile accident in Chippewa County WI. Paul was born in McHenry on October 31, 1931 to Herbert and Hilda Freund.

Paul graduated McHenry High School and was a three sport athlete. His favorite sport was baseball where he played 3rd base and pitched for the McHenry Shamrocks and later for Old Bridge Tavern. Paul served in the Korean War where he earned a "Bronze Star" for his courage and his ability to keep calm under pressure.

He married Joan M. Scholz on April 30th 1955, and they raised three boys. They enjoyed family and traveling together. They were happily married until Joan passed away in 2002. On June 22, 2009, he married Dolores Sokolowski. Paul and Dolores enjoyed traveling, bowling, fishing, and being together.

Paul loved his family and traditional family get togethers. Paul's favorite destination was his beloved vacation home in northern Wisconsin where he took numerous trips every year. He loved to fish, garden, bowl, and enjoyed helping others. Paul did everything well, but sit still. Paul was a partner with his brother Eugene and brother-in-law Bob Freund for the third generation of S.H. Freund & Son general contractors until he retired in 1990. His generosity spilled over into more than a dozen different charities annually. Paul will be deeply missed by his large family, neighbors, and many friends.

Survivors include his sons Mark Freund, Steve (Trinette) Freund and Chris (Nancy) Freund; grandchildren Ryan (Tiffany) Freund, Kaley Freund, Erin Freund and Peyton Freund; a sister Barbara Gilpin; sister-in-law Frances Freund; brother-in-law Robert Freund and brother-in-law Robert (Frances) Scholz from Minneapolis, MN. Stepson Tom (Sue) Sokolowski from Boulder, CO. and step grandchildren Amanda (John) and Cassie

Paul was preceded in death by his first wife Joan, brother Eugene Freund, sister Joan Freund, brother-in-law George Gilpin and granddaughter Jennifer Freund.

Visitation will take place on Thursday, August 10, 2017 from 4pm to 8pm and will continue Friday, August 11, 2017 from 9:30am to 10:30am at Colonial Funeral Home, 591 Ridgeview Dr., McHenry, IL. Family and friends will process to St. Mary's Catholic Church in McHenry for an 11am funeral mass. Interment will be in the church cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made in Paul's name to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis TN, 38105.

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