Fredrick Albert Fredriksen

March 28, 1940 - May 11, 2023
Fredrick Albert Fredriksen

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Fred was born March 28, 1940 in Des Plaines, Illinois.  He was raised in Franklin Park, Illinois and attended St. Gertrude Grade School, Leyden High School and later attended Washburn Trade School.

He was drafted in the Army in 1963 and served as a military policeman in Okinawa and in Vietnam.

He was married to Arlene Norman and had two children with her, Kristen and Jon.  He later divorced and married Dona Quandt who had four children of her own, Guy, Terry, Scott and Tim.

Fred worked as a union construction plumber for 42 years and retired to Florida in 2001 after the death of his beloved wife Dona.

Fred is survived by his son, Jon and also his sister Bobbie, steps sons, Guy, Scott and Tim and his grandchildren Ryan, Kaitlin, Greg, Ian, Nathan, Angela, Amber and Ashley and many nieces and nephews.

Fred was very much involved in his church.  He loved God, family, friends and neighbors.  He was kind, generous and charitable for those in need.  He was a good man.

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  • May 22, 2023
    Lindsay Tullar says:
    Cheers to Uncle Sonny. Reminiscing to memories of floating like manatees in the ocean, boisterous laughter and many shared stories. Lucky to call him a Grand Uncle and wonderful human.

  • May 19, 2023
    Cheryl says:
    Fred was the most compassionate man I ever met. He was helping anyone in need and happy to see people to succeed . I will miss our laughter together and am grateful that our journeys in life crossed. GREAT MAN

  • May 19, 2023
    David Witt says:
    As a nephew I wanted to share my earliest memory, something in the middle, and my most recent memories of my Uncle. My earliest memory is receiving an airmail letter from my uncle while he was stationed in Okinawa. It was 1963 so I was only four or five at the time. He shared a couple of lines about what was doing on a daily basis. It was so thoughtful and fun to imagine this letter coming from such a faraway place--especially via Air Mail in that superlight onion skin paper! My second memory was my uncle talking to me prior to my confirmation at St. Collette. Uncle Sonny told me that as my godfather, he would be standing right behind me while I was kneeling with the other boys and girls at the altar. He told me that his job was to hold me steady as the bishop made the sign of the cross in front of each of our faces. He said it was to keep me from flinching as the bishop finished making the sign of the cross by slapping us across the face on the final pass--the girls getting the palm of the hand and the boys getting the back of the hand. He had me believing--especially when I noticed we were kneeling boy-girl-boy-girl at the altar. (PS--that wasn't true!) Finally, I just saw my uncle in March at my mom's house in Florida. He was so fun and vibrant and constantly joking and ribbing us. It was a throwback to when our entire extended family would get together for the holidays--he brought the whole feeling back of being together with all of my aunts, uncles, and grandparents again. I'm grateful for that experience and I'll remember him for that always.

  • May 19, 2023
    Paula Witt-Enderby says:
    Uncle Sonny was like a second father to me. He would take me to forest preserves where we would enjoy fresh corn on the cob dunked in butter, and apple orchards where we would pick apples and then have apple baking contests. My most favorite memories was when Kristen would call me on the phone and asked me to sleep over on Saturday nights. We would have the most fun and so much of my personality was formed from those special times with her and uncle Sonny and Jon. The weekend would usually end by a breakfast at McDonald’s and a fast 50 mile an hour ride down the side streets of Arlington park race track where we would go over a shallow speed bump which would give us a quick thrill in our stomachs. He was always there for our family in times of need, and he was just a ray of sunshine in my life. He was a very young 84 year old and he will truly be missed.

  • May 19, 2023
    Suzy Witt Tullar says:
    My Uncle Sonny Funny, prankster, personable, hard working. Always willing to help out anyone in the family. He was there for all my important life events and I have incredibl memories to reflect on. I sure am going to miss him

  • May 17, 2023
    Bobbie says:
    I will miss Sonny very much. He was a wonderful brother and a good friend. He leaves a big hole that will not be filled in our family. May he rest in peace. Love, his sister Bobbie