Jonathon Jay Frelich, age 58, of St. Paul, MN, passed away early morning at his home due to health complications on January 15, 2021. A memorial service was held at Crescent Funeral Home in Minnesota and he will be laid to rest near his father’s gravesite at St. Benedict’s Cemetery, rural Crary, ND at a later date.
Jonathon was born May 19, 1963 in Devils Lake, ND, the son of Andrew and Karel (Barron) Frelich. His family resided in Bartlett, ND at the time of his birth. Jonathon was baptized on July 28, 1963 at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Lakota. He was the youngest of three children. The family moved to Minneapolis, MN when he was a toddler. As a baby, it became apparent that Jon could not hear. Due to his deafness, Jon’s path in life was formed and influenced by many challenges. As a young child, he was often described as mischievous but in reality, “JonJon” was showing he had a keen ability to adapt, and despite the difficulties, he became a very resourceful person.
Jonathon graduated from St. Louis Park High School in 1982. Following high school, he attended Woodworking Technology where he received certification in 1985. He was a talented woodworker displaying his excellent workmanship. For example, he made a solid oak entertainment center for his mother with tuck away and silent easy sliding doors. He created other wood pieces and carpentry projects of his own design. His finished work was not only practical but beautiful to the eye. He had a creative, artistic flare. Much of Jonathon’s livelihood was working in manual labor. He worked hard and was dependable. Unfortunately, many employers did not recognize his full talent and skill with creating useful products. Jonathon’s “happy place” was when he could make things with his hands. If he could acquire the tools, he used them with good purpose. Not long ago, he got ahold of a sewing machine. Not only did he teach himself how to sew but made some handy household items. Jonathon had a beautiful mind and heart. He frequently expressed a desire for the love of family and God.
Jonathon is survived by his sister, Suzanne Frelich, Maplewood, MN and brother, Scott Frelich, St. Michael, MN, in-laws, nieces and nephew, aunts and uncles, many cousins, and best friend, David Vincent and family.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Andrew (Andy) and Karel Frelich, grandparents Joe and Regina Frelich, Robert and Pearl Barron, and uncles and aunts.
In memory of Jonathon, donations may be given to the ND School for the Deaf (Memo: Needy Children Fund) 1401 College Drive, Devils Lake, ND 58301.
Published on February 25, 2021