Robert G. Freligh, 69, of Sheffield Village, passed away Friday, June 7, 2013, at the New Life Hospice Center of St. Joseph in Lorain, following a brief illness. He was born June 16, 1943, in Erie, Pennsylvania, and was an Elyria area resident since 1971, coming from New York.
Bob was employed as a welder at Norfolk and Southern Railroad for 39 years, retiring in 2000. He was a member of the Elyria United Polish Club and the Elyria Eagles Club, and enjoyed golfing, bowling, gardening, and most of all, spending time with his grandchildren.
Survivors include his wife, Patricia (nee Summers); daughters, Tawnee (Joe) Mancuso of LaGrange and Jennifer Simmons of Columbus; stepdaughters, Danielle Haskiell and Rhonda Haskiell, both of Elyria and Tara Smith of Sheffield Village; 11 grandchildren; one great grandchild; sister, Mary Lou Noble of Brocton, New York; and four nieces, all living in New York.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Robert and Margaret Freligh; and a grandson, Jason Valatka.
There will be no visitation. A Memorial Service will be held at 1 P.M. Thursday, June 13, 2013, at the Laubenthal- Mercado Funeral Home and Cremation Service, 38475 Chestnut Ridge Rd. (at State Rt. 57), Elyria. 440-322-4626. Inurnment will follow at Brookdale Cemetery, Elyria.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to any local Women’s and Children’s shelter.