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Bernard Freese

BERNARD JOSEPH FREESE Vinton Bernard Joseph Freese, 89, died Sunday, Jan. 14, 2018, at Virginia Gay Nursing & Rehab following an extended illness. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10 a.m. Thursday, Jan. 18, at St. Mary's Catholic Church in Vinton with Father Ardel Barta as Celebrant. Interment will be held at Riverside Cemetery in Marshalltown. Visitation will be held from 4 to 7 p.m. Wednesday at Phillips Funeral Home Chapel, 212 E. Sixth St., Vinton. A memorial fund has been established for Virginia Gay Hospital or the American Cancer Society. Bernard was born June 14, 1928, in Marshall County, Iowa, to John "Clem" and Mildred (Lang) Freese. He graduated from Van Cleve High School, where he excelled in basketball and baseball. On Jan. 16, 1950, he was united in marriage to Janetian Eatinger at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Haverhill. Bernard farmed in Marshall and Benton counties and raised purebred cattle and swine prior to his retirement. He was a member of St. Mary's Catholic Church in Vinton. He was an avid supporter of 4-H and FFA. He loved to dance and play cards in various card clubs. He is survived by his children, Brenda Hackbarth of Vinton, Dan Freese and his significant other, Brenda McGurk, of Walford, Laura (Eric) Morine of Lamont and Bernard Joseph "Joe" (Sue) Freese Jr. of Naperville, Ill.; his son-in-law, Bob Hanisch of Northfield, Minn.; his daughters-in-law, Theresa Freese of Raymond and Deanna Freese Miller of Norway; 11 grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; and his sister, Betty Ann Spickert of Marshalltown. In addition to his wife and parents, he was preceded in death by his daughters, Carol Hanisch and Nancy Ann Freese; his sons, John and Tom Freese; his son-in-law, Craig E. Hackbarth; his brother, Glenn Freese; and longtime dance partner, Marie Fisher. Condolences may be left at www.phillipsfuneralhomes.com.