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Dale William Freihofer Sr.
On Friday, October 1, 2021, Dale William Freihofer Sr, loving husband, father, grandpa, and friend passed away surrounded by the love of his family.
Dale was born on January 16, 1933, in Swanzey, NH to Charles and M. Esther Freihofer. He married Gloria Fuller on February 19, 1955, and together they raised their two children Dale Jr. and Ann. As a child, a fire destroyed his family home. The entire family was rescued by a passing National Guard troop that just happened to be driving by. Dale’s family was able to rebuild the home, and it remains in the family today. Dale and Gloria purchased a home across from his old homestead and enjoyed raising their children right next door to his parents, and in later years enjoyed having their grandchildren and then great-grandchildren grow up next door to them. Dale and Gloria also owned a camp on Newell Pond in Alstead, NH when their children were small and maintained it until the early 2000’s. The camp was a special place of joy for them and their family with a lot of time spent swimming, canoeing, reading, playing games, and, of course, eating.
Dale worked at Markem Corporation until his retirement in August 1995. Even in retirement Dale kept busy with a small engine repair business out of his home. He could always be found tinkering away in his garage or working on the yard or house.
He enjoyed many things, but found great joy in going for walks, hunting, fishing, cars, car racing, and antiques. One vehicle that his grandchildren remember him for was his red Jeep that he kept for many years. He loved music and was known to play the harmonica and tap his feet to any beat that was going on. He also enjoyed dancing, especially with his Gloria. He always had a love of animals and raised beagles with his children for many years. He also had an incredible sweet tooth and loved ice cream and was always up for a Jim Dandy at Friendly’s.
Most important to Dale was his faith. Dale lived his life as one of Jehovah’s Witnesses and was a member of the West Swanzey Congregation. He spent much time teaching others the Bible and what God tells us about the future and about his Kingdom. Dale had a firm belief that the world conditions we see today will soon be replaced by a beautiful paradise right here on the earth. A paradise in which Dale will be able to live in a peaceful world, without suffering, without disease, and where our loved ones never have to die again. Dale’s family especially appreciates the knowledge that when Dale wakes up again in God’s paradise world, he will no longer suffer and after many years living with Alzheimer’s, Dale will be the person God intended him to be, in perfect health. Revelations 21:4 “And he will wipe out every tear from their eyes, and death with be no more, neither will mourning nor outcry nor pain be anymore. The former things have passed away.”
Dale is survived by his wife of 66 years Gloria. His son Dale Freihofer Jr and his wife Cynda of Swanzey, NH and his daughter Ann Elliot and her husband Randy of Stoddard, NH. His 8 grandchildren Marianne Anderson, Elizabeth Marion, Sarah Gentry, Jo Anna Page, Brianne Chavez, Sage Swain, Jacqui Parker, and Kyle Freihofer and their respective spouses. His 14 great-grandchildren Taylor, Courtney, Robert, Nathan, Daniel, Sara, Benjamin, Gabriella, Elijah, Aleah, London, Ben, Petra, and Noah. 6 great-great grandchildren. His sisters Carolyn Muzzey and Judi Merchant. Many nieces, nephews, and cousins. He is predeceased by his parents, and his brothers Charles Freihofer and Paul Freihofer.
The family wishes to extend a heartfelt thank you to the staff of Maplewood who have taken wonderful care of Dale.
Services will be held on Saturday, October 23, 2021, at 1:00 p.m. Due to the ongoing COVID pandemic, the services will be held via zoom at the following link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/85974508846?pwd=TUhHelZkTUlvSDdEbGN0ZllZQVlkdz09; Meeting ID: 859 7450 8846; Passcode: Freihofer
I was so very saddened to hear the news of Dale. We always enjoyed his presence so much. Never forget our trip to Disney..
My deepest sympathy to Gloria and the family...
Alice Relihan Oct 11 2021 1:57 PM
Kathie & Keith Padgett lit a candle for Dale William Freihofer Sr.
Kathie & Keith Padgett Oct 11 2021 9:21 AM
Love you Uncle Dale. Thankyou for all your inspiration and strength and mostly your sweet, sweet soul. You will be deeply missed. I feel blessed to be your niece. Warmly, Robin Merchant
Robin Merchant Oct 10 2021 8:22 PM
Goodbye Grampa, Noah loves his ice cream even with ketchup. May your love for your grandchildren pass down from generation to generation.
Sarah Gentry Oct 10 2021 1:53 PM
Dale was my supervisor at Markem in the early 1990's and he was a great manager and mentor. Dale was fun and had an unforgettable sense of humor. I loved working with him and I will never forget how much he made us all laugh every single day. I still think of him and chuckle as I remember that he told me one day, when I was complaining about a new Markem policy, that I am just going to have to work harder for less money, as he looked at me with his classic teasing smirk. We laughed about how motivating that would be. After I left Markem and moved to Oregon in 1995, my Dad, "Brownie", who had worked at Markem for 54 years, would often tell me that he saw Dale around Keene and that he always asked how I was doing and asked him to say hello for him. Dale was an amazing and incredibly kind man. May he rest in peace and long be remembered for his smile, kindness and wonderful personality. To his family, I am sending our deepest sympathy. May your beautiful memories of Dale bring you peace and comfort during this most difficult time. Sincerely, Kathie
Kathie Padgett Oct 10 2021 10:05 AM
We are so sorry for your families loss. We only knew Dale Sr for a short while but have the wonderful hope of being with him when all is new.
Judson and Maryann Hall Oct 10 2021 7:51 AM
Our deepest condolences. The Oja's
Glenn Oja Oct 9 2021 12:29 PM