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HANCOCK – Louis H. Fredianelli, 82, a resident of Hancock died Thursday, January 6, 2022 at UP Health System – Portage Hospital in Hancock following a short illness.

He was born August 12, 1939, in Hancock, son of the late Louis J. and Adeline (Zabolocky) Fredianelli.

Louis grew up in Hancock and attended St. Joseph & St. Patrick Catholic School and graduated from Hancock High School with the class of 1958.

While in high school, Louis worked as a usher at the Orpheum Theater and as a salesperson at Joffee’s men’s clothing store in Hancock. After high school, Louis moved to the Milwaukee area to work for Patrick Cudahy Meat Packing Plant.

On May 25, 1963, he married the former Roberta DeCesare. The couple resided in Hancock to raise their family.

In 1963 he began a career in law enforcement starting with the Hancock Police Department. During this time, he attended the first police academies held at the University of Northern Michigan and helped drive an ambulance to Jukuri Funeral Home.

In August 1970, he began a career with public safety at Michigan Technological University, retiring after 31 years of service as a lieutenant in June 2001. During this time at university, Louie was able to make a name for himself. many wonderful friends with many students and staff and professors.

In retirement, he continued to work part-time with the university as security for the control board and would assist part-time with parades and special events for the Hancock Town Police Department. He had also helped drive a hearse for Memorial Chapel Funeral Home and drive cars from Houghton County Airport to Marquette Airport for the car rental company for many years.

Mr. Fredianelli was a lifelong active member of the Resurrection Church in Hancock where he had served as Eucharistic minister and usher. He had volunteered with the local St. Vincent DePaul store and had served as president of the resurrection conference for 8 years. He was also a member of the Knights of Columbus.

Family has always been a big part of Louie’s life. He has enjoyed many family vacations with his children and grandchildren. He loved watching his sons and grandchildren play sports and even seeing his great-grandson play hockey last December. He always looked forward to Sunday family dinners to catch up and visit her. Louie also had many interests such as music and collecting different items such as 45 records (having over 1400 different records), hats, knives and model cars. No one was a stranger around Louie for a long time. His quick wit, sense of humor and stories have always allowed him to meet new friends. He will be sadly missed by his family and friends.

His parents predeceased him in death; her son, Brian; his sister, Anita Budweg and more recently his brother, James.

Survivor are his 58-year-old wife, Roberta Fredianelli; her children, Beth (Dave Hannon) Fredianelli, David (Gina) Fredianelli, Jomarie (Ryan) Wakeham; daughter-in-law, Sharon Fredianelli; almost his daughter, Carol (David Strang) Wiitanen; former son-in-law, Gerald Harry; grandchildren, Dominic (Amy Peterson) Fredianelli, Katie (Jordon Johnson) Fredianelli, Ben (Nikki) Fredianelli, Alan (Nikki) Harry, Robert Harry, Michaela (Gary Dowdell) Harry, Michael (Amanda) Vettori, Evan (Jen) Mining; great-grandchildren, River Fredianelli, Jameson Johnson, Bryant Johnson, Jinny Johnson, Noah Harry, Gabe Vettori, Annabell Vettori, Geno Vettori, Amber Flaherty, William Flaherty; sister-in-law, Victoria Fredianelli of Hancock and many nephews, nieces and cousins.

A Christian burial mass for Louis will be held at 11 a.m. on Friday January 14, 2021 at the Church of the Resurrection in Hancock with Fr. Jubish Joseph as an officer. Spring interment will be in Forest Hill Cemetery in Houghton.

Friends can call Thursday, January 13, 2022 from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Memorial Chapel Funeral Home in Hancock.

Instead of other expressions of sympathy, the family suggests that memorials be given to the Omega House in memory of Louis Fredianelli.

To view Louie’s obituary or to send your condolences to the family, please visit memorialchapel.net.

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