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“I am very sorry for your loss. Back in the 80's, I worked in the Bank of Old Monroe and was a one of friends of Bev Freise. May the memories of his...Read More »
1 of 19 | Posted by: Donna Landreth Kahn - Okeechobee, FL

“My prayers for you all. ”
2 of 19 | Posted by: Robin Scheiffer Law - Riverview, FL

“Ed Freise was a kind and dear friend of mine and my family. He was a pillar of the community no doubt and his kindness spreads through his family....Read More »
3 of 19 | Posted by: Darrell Harke - Old Monroe, MO

“"Eddie" was a very special member of our family. Most impacted by his Christian witness. He was one who prayed Vic and I into Cursillo , for...Read More »
4 of 19 | Posted by: Vic & Joan - Moscow Mills, MO

“Our thoughts and prayers to all of you.Mr Freise was a special person and will be missed by many. He always had a hello and a smile when ever you saw...Read More »
5 of 19 | Posted by: mark and marlene aubuchon - MO

“Our condolences to Marie and the entire Freise family. We will always remember the weekend we spent with the Freise family, attending a St. Louis...Read More »
6 of 19 | Posted by: Maureen, John, Annie, and Mary Grace Antalovich - OH

“WE are very sorry to learn of Ed passing. Ed was a good man to have as a neighbor , just good man to live in our area . So long Ed ...Read More »
7 of 19 | Posted by: GLENN & SUE SCHUMAN - ST. PAUL, MO

“I'm very sorry for your loss. He will be missed by many. I hope you are able to find some comfort in some great memories. ”
8 of 19 | Posted by: Angie Burkemper - Anthem, AZ

“Ed and I entered the Army together in 1954 and were in the same company for the first eight weeks of basic training. He went to Fort Riley Kansas...Read More »
9 of 19 | Posted by: Jim Painter - OFallon, MO

“We wish to express our condolences to the Freise family for the loss of a wonderful man who has blessed so many lives. ”
10 of 19 | Posted by: Art & Judy Frentzel - Defiance, MO

“Mrs. Freise, Jean, Angie, John and the rest of the family, Our thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time. May you find comfort...Read More »
11 of 19 | Posted by: Will and Anne Knese - St. Louis, MO

“Mr. Freise was a kind man who contributed to this world in many ways. You could see the happiness in his face when he talked of his daughters! He...Read More »
12 of 19 | Posted by: Kristine Kraft - Chesterfield, MO

“When my Dad was sick and home bound Ed would come to visit him and help pass the hours with talk of the "old" days. They talked about baseball,...Read More »
13 of 19 | Posted by: Henry and Karen Hoff - St. Paul, MO

“Uncle Ed will be missed by so many people for so many reasons. My thoughts and prayers for Aunt Mary Ann and the whole Freise clan. Heaven has...Read More »
14 of 19 | Posted by: Sandy Freise - MT - Niece

“Ed Freise was a solid man of strength and love. He was a complete joy to visit with when I would hang out with Colleen through our high school years...Read More »
15 of 19 | Posted by: Mariann (Lacey) Sun - Fairway, KS

“I loved every single interaction I had with Mr. Freise. He was always a pleasure to speak with and always made me laugh. He was a great man who...Read More »
16 of 19 | Posted by: Jennifer Foote - St. Charles, IL

“Our thoughts and prayers are with your family. We both know the pain of losing a father. We know he was a wonderful man because of the family he has...Read More »
17 of 19 | Posted by: Jim & Laurie Schulte and Family - MO

“I'm just thankful that he was not only my brother-in-law but also my friend. Even though he made me eat green beans when I was a kid, I still loved...Read More »
18 of 19 | Posted by: Neal and Dianne Westhoff

“Our thoughts and prayers are with you. ”
19 of 19 | Posted by: Larry & Kayla Carter and Staff

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Early October 14, 2013, the world lost a pillar of the community, heaven gained an angel. Surrounded by his devoted wife of 52 years, Mary Ann, and his family, Edward J Freise went peacefully home to his Heavenly Father. A man of integrity, humility, gentle strength and generosity, he modeled a life of Christ.

Edward was born June 11, 1934, to Hubert & Olivia Freise in Old Monroe, MO. He was the third of six children. He served his country in the Army in the 9th Infantry Division for 2 years. He married the love of his life, Mary Ann Westhoff, on October 29, 1960, at Immaculate Conception Church in Old Monroe. Their union was blessed with five daughters.

Ed was a third generation builder in Lincoln County working with his father and brothers until assuming the role of President of Freise Construction Company. In addition he was co-owner of Moscow Mills Lumber Company. His greatest concern was providing jobs for his employees, at the same time insuring excellence in craftsmanship.

During Ed's career, he facilitated construction projects which included numerous churches, schools, banks, libraries and the like, as well as custom homes. It was an honor for him to build for so many people. It gave him joy to build churches like Sacred Heart in Troy, St. Joseph's in Cottleville, Immaculate Heart of Mary in New Melle, Christ the King Lutheran in St. Peters, Calvary Baptist in Troy.

Mr. Freise was a proud member of the Carpenters District Council Local #1987 for over 50 years. He served on the board of the Lincoln County Industrial Development Authority (IDA). Ed preserved his love of the military by joining the American Legion and served as commander. Another association of which he was very proud, was the Knights of Columbus. He was elected Knight of the Year and became a 3rd Degree Knight and served the Old Monroe Council since its inception. For many years he was retreat captain for Immaculate Conception Church at Kings House and Passionists Retreat House.

His life was a testimony of love and generosity. He will be remembered for his joyful spirit, eternal optimism and strength of character. He enjoyed spending time outdoors chopping wood, golfing, fishing, and playing ball with his girls and later his grandchildren. Avid and true Cardinal fan, Ed will be cheering on the Redbirds from above.

Edward is greatly missed by his wife, Mary Ann; Daughters and Sons-in-law: Jean and David, Angie and John, Marie, Ellen and Dan, and Colleen and Scott; and 15 grandchildren; Sisters: Joanne and Carol; Brothers & Sisters-in-law; nieces, nephews and friends. Preceded in death by his parents, Hubert & Olivia, sister Rosemary and two brothers, Dennis and Victor.

A Mass of Christian Burial for Edward John Freise of Old Monroe, MO, will be held at 10:00 a.m. Thursday, October 17, 2013 at Immaculate Conception Church near Old Monroe. Fr. Joe Kempf, friend of the family and pastor of Assumption Catholic Church in O'Fallon, MO, will officiate with burial in Immaculate Conception Cemetery. Serving as pallbearers will be his grandsons.

Visitation will be held from 3:00-9:00 p.m. Wednesday, October 16, 2013 at The Knights of Columbus Hall; 110 Maryknoll Road; Old Monroe, and again on Thursday, October 17, 2013 from 8:30-9:45 a.m. Memorials may be made to the Partners in Development, Guerline's Building Project/Ed Freise in the memo, (for building homes in Haiti) in care of Carter-Ricks Funeral Home; 3838 East Highway 47; P.O. Box 253; Winfield, MO 63389.