Donald J. Freson

June 20, 1918 - Feb. 14, 2009

Donald J. Freson, 90, of Johnson Creek, passed away Saturday, Feb. 14, 2009, at Watertown Regional Medical Center in Watertown. Donald Joseph Freson was born June 20, 1918, in Johnson Creek, the son of John and Clara (Ambrose) Freson.

He was a 1936 graduate of the Johnson Creek High School. Don served with the U.S. Army as a military policeman during World War II. He had been married to Hazel (nee Riebe) Freson. Don was employed at Nordberg in Milwaukee and was a skilled carpenter. He was a member of Immanuel Lutheran Church in Farmington and the VFW. Donald enjoyed playing cards, woodworking, fishing and hunting. He loved the outdoors and was an avid baseball fan, especially of the Brewers.

Donald is survived by three children, Karen (David) Liss of Pulaski, Donald Jr. "Butch" (Ginger) Freson of North Port, Fla., and Susan (Michael) Brand of Waukesha; two sisters, Lucille Sayles of Pewaukee and Margaret Schmidt of Reeseville; five brothers, James (Lorraine) of Johnson Creek, Eugene of Watertown, Robert (Lillian) of Chicago, Dean (Shirley) of Watertown and Gerald (Millie) of Jefferson; seven grandchildren, Christine (Jeffrey) Cox, Donald III "DJ" (Sarah) Freson, Michelle (Kurt) Kruchten, Jennifer (Tyler) Zinn, Danielle (Anthony IV) Litt, David Liss II and Matthew Liss; three stepgrandchildren, Sara (Jeff) Stilwell, Kelley Link and Kristy (Orlando) Buxeda; six great-grandchildren and nine stepgreat-grandchildren; and also nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

Donald was preceded in death by his parents and four brothers, John, Harold, Raymond and LeRoy Freson.

Relatives and friends may call at the Hafemeister Funeral Home, 611 E. Main St., Watertown, from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. today, Feb. 17, and at the church from 11 a.m. until the time of the service Wednesday.

Funeral services will be held at noon Wednesday, Feb. 18 at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Farmington, with the Rev. Richard Pagels officiating. The Watertown Veterans Council will provide military graveside rites in the parish cemetery.

Family members request that, in lieu of flowers, memorials be made to the American Cancer Society or the charity of one’s choice.

For more, contact Hafemeister Funeral Home at (920) 261-2218 or via e-mail at