John E. Freeburger, 82, accountant, WWII veteran

May 19, 2006

John E. Freeburger, a retired accountant and World War II veteran, died from complications of surgery Sunday at a hospital in Victorville, Calif. The former Rosedale resident was 82.

Mr. Freeburger was born and raised in East Baltimore and graduated from Patterson High School.

During the war, he served in England with an intelligence unit assigned to the Army's 8th Air Force.

He worked for 35 years as a payroll accountant at Bethlehem Steel's Sparrows Point plant until retiring in 1983.

Mr. Freeburger was a member of Maryland Lodge 120 of the Masons.

Since 2001, he and his wife of 50 years, the former Marie Filip, had lived in Silver Lakes, Calif.

"Although he had lived in the California high desert country for the last five years, John remained a true Marylander," said his son-in-law, Clyde Thomas of Silver Lakes. "He often missed the smell of Kahler's Seafood crabs steaming down the street from his Rosedale home, the sound of crab cakes sizzling in a cast-iron skillet and the crunch of a soft crab sandwich."

Also surviving are his daughter, Paulette S. Thomas of Silver Lakes; a sister, Irene Oddo of Delray Beach, Fla.; and a grandson.

Services are private.

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