John Lorenz Frech, Jr., Boardman, Ohio Obituary


BOARDMAN, Ohio (MyValleyTributes) – On Thursday morning April 22, 2021, John Frech, 86, passed away quietly in his sleep at his home. His journey with Alzheimer’s disease was over. He was totally at peace and was again with his beloved Donna.

John was born October 19, 1934 in Lowellville, the son of the late John L. and Mary (Peterson) Frech, Sr.

His wife and best friend of 63 years, Donna Jean Capehart, whom he married on August 27, 1955, passed away on September 17, 2018. He missed her very much.

Jack, as he was known by his entire family and growing up, graduated from Lowellville High School in 1952. He was the president of the senior class and was part of the basketball team.

He said many times that his first job at age 14 was a paper route and the newspaper only cost 34 cents a week! He often spoke of the more than 25 different places he had worked in during his life. He was a hard-working man with a great work ethic. John was a product manager for 30 years (often known as the “Big John” at work since he was 6’5 ”tall). He said he worked for almost all the grocery chains in the area, except “never in a Kroger’s.” He was 3rd Vice-President of the Retail Clerks Union, Local 298 for eight years starting in 1976, while working at Fazio. After 30 years of dedication, he retired at the age of 55 from Giant Eagle out of 224 to Boardman.

During many of those years on the job, he enjoyed bowling on the Struthers United Methodist Church Sunday School League at Boardman Lanes.

John was a very kind, gentle, and grateful man. He said ‘thank you’ several times a day. His family was of the utmost importance to him. He was enjoying the annual summer vacation with his wife and daughters as they were growing up. Over time he enjoyed spending time with and watching his grandchildren and great grandchildren grow up and loved being their daddy.

After his retirement, he and Donna began to spend the winter in Florida. They eventually became permanent residents there for over ten years, before returning to Ohio in 2015. While in Florida, John enjoyed detecting metals and strolling the Gulf Coast beaches with Donna. They loved to watch the beautiful sunsets every night together, always waiting to see if the “green flash” appeared when the ocean “swallowed” the sun. He loved to share all these moments and more with his family when they came to visit him.

For the past two years before the pandemic, he attended the monthly UFCW Local 880 retiree rallies. Every morning he looked forward to reading his daily Vindicator (always read obituaries first!) And doing the Jumble, Sudoku, Word Search, and Crossword puzzles. He really loved eating and loved having dessert! He also enjoyed playing Othello, Scrabble, chess, checkers, and card games.

John will be forever missed by his daughters, Barbara (Joe) Kukla of Boardman, Lora Miller of Toronto, Canada and Jeanne. He is also survived by his grandchildren, Jennifer (Eric) Wilder of Plain City, Angela Kukla (Shawn Sweeney) of Akron, Alison Kukla (Preston Reilly) of Norfolk, Virginia and Joshua Day of Boardman, as well as great – grandchildren, Sadie and Hudson Wilder and Julia and Jacob Kukla.

Besides his parents and wife, before Jack’s death there was his sister, Sharon Andersson of California.

According to his wishes, there were no services.

… ”Let us work for the Master from dawn to sunset

Let’s talk about all of her wonderful love and care,

Then when all of life is over and our work on earth is done,

And the scroll is called over there, I will be there… ”

(When the role was called that morning, he was there. He heard God call his name and he left!)

“You were such a great dad and a really fun daddy Jack. We will all miss you and we will love you forever. Thank you for everything!”

Arrangements in the professional care of Thompson-Filicky Funeral Home, 4221 Market Street, Boardman.

Family and friends can visit sign the guestbook or send condolences to John’s family.

A TV Tribute will air on Sunday, May 9 at the following approximate times: 8:58 a.m. on WKBN and 7:58 p.m. on FOX.


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