Harold R. Fridenstine, 84, of Lorain, passed away Saturday, June 30, 2007, at Ohio Veteran's Home in Sandusky following an extended illness. He was born, December 12, 1922 in Elyria and a resident of Lorain for the last sixty years. He served with the 79th Infantry Division, in the US Army, during World War II in Normandy, Northern France, Rhineland, and Central Europe receiving the World War II Victory Medal, the Good Conduct Medal, the American Campaign Medal, and the European African Middle Eastern Campaign Medal with four bronze stars. Harold was employed with T.J. Hume Co., in Lorain for many years as a carpenter and was a member of Carpenter's Union Local #305. A member of Nativity Blessed Virgin Mary Catholic Church in Lorain, he was a member of the Holy Name Society and a past council member. He was a member of the United Polish Club in Lorain.
Survivors include his wife, of fifty-nine and one-half years, Josephine V. Fridenstine (nee: Piergies); his sons, Edward (Betty) Fridentstine and Patrick Fridentstine, both of Amherst, and Raymond Fridentstine of Chicago; his daughter, Georgene Main of Amherst; seven grandchildren; five great- grandchildren; his brother, Alvin Fridentstine, of North Ridgeville; and his sisters, Jean Williams of Elyria and Laura Papenbrock of Columbus.
He was preceded in death by his son, Matthew Fridenstine; by his parents, George and Hazel Fridentstine (nee: Beese); by his brothers, Glen, Donald, David, Jerry, and Clyde Fridenstine; and his sister, Maude Schoditch.
Friends may call Monday, July 2, 2007, from 5 to 8 P.M. at the Hempel Funeral Home, 373 Cleveland Ave., Amherst. Closing prayers will be held Tuesday, July 3, 2007, at 9 A.M. from the funeral home with a Mass of Christian Burial to follow at 10 A.M. from Nativity Blessed Virgin Catholic Church, 1440 West 15th St., in Lorain. Burial will be in Calvary Cemetery in Lorain with the Amherst Veterans Military Honor Guard performing honors.