WHAT’S BEING CLAIMED:
- Larry and Vicky Freda were together for 62 years and died just a few hours apart due to the coronavirus.
- Their son John Freda died April 22 and the couple followed 2 days after on April 24.
- They are survived by their 2 sons/brothers and 6 grandkids.
There are now 5,247,400 cases of the coronavirus in the United States. 166,700 have already died from coronavirus-related illnesses. This includes 3 family members in New Jersey, who all died days apart.
Lawrence “Larry” Freda and Victoria “Vicki” Freda succumbed to the coronavirus, 2 days after they lost their son John, to COVID-19.
The couple were inseparable in life. In death, just a few hours apart.
Although the Newark couple spent their last years as full-time grandparents, they lived a full life before that. Larry was an Army veteran who was posted in Europe before he worked with Pabst Blue Ribbon Brewery for 24 years. He later became the custodian for West Essex Regional High School.
Loved ones described him as a “devoted, loving husband” whose “greatest pleasure in life was taking care of and spending time with his beloved wife.”
Vicki was known for “being a caring, quick-witted, social butterfly.” She last served as secretary to the mayor of Township before she retired.
In a tribute, Vicki and Larry were described to have “enjoyed their trips to the casino and they always had fun whether they won or lost.”
In their son’s obituary, people remember him as a “creative soul” who “loved movies, television, books, and the superhero universe. He was always working on something. John had a knack for trying to make people feel special. He would spend hours searching for or creating the perfect gift to give someone.”
In an honor to the couple and their son, N.J Gov. Phil Murphy tweeted, “We remember Larry and Vicki Freda, and their son, John. One family.”
He added, “Larry and Vicki loved being grandparents, and always had fun. May God bless these three souls.”