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Carl Friese

November 4, 1943 - December 26, 2023

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Carl Friese, Jr., a lifelong resident of Scranton, passed away Tuesday at Green Ridge Health Care Center at the age of 80. He was preceded in death by his wife, Betty (Sowka) Friese on April 5, 2020.
Born on November 4, 1943, and son of the late Carl and Esther A. (Alvord) Friese, Carl attended the former Scranton Technical High School before proudly joining the U.S. Army Reserves, where he would go on to serve for 26 years.
For the majority of his career Carl worked for Mercy Hospital in Scranton, retiring as the stationary fireman within the maintenance department.
Carl was truly a skilled artisan. For any remodeling project, if Carl was involved it was sure to turn out beautiful. An artist with unique talents, his ability to draw or write deeply personal poems was simply amazing. Despite his accomplishments, no one was more humble than Carl was.
Above all else came his Catholic faith. He was a pillar of Mary. Mother of God Church Parish in North Scranton where he participated in many ways, including writing the parish’s seasonal newsletter for which he was awarded. Faith never unwavering, he was also devoted to his Cursillo Movement family.
He is survived by his loving family, including his children, James Friese of Scranton and Cassandra Friese of Pittsburgh; his beloved sisters, Judy Loftus of Wilmington, DE and Sharon Beggs and husband Lester of Scranton; step-children, John and Sharon Leonori; great grandchild, Isabella Leonori; and nieces and nephews, especially Craig Friese with whom Carl shared a special bond.
A brother, Wayne Friese, also preceded him in death.
A Mass of Christian Burial is scheduled for Tuesday at 9:15 AM at Mary, Mother of God Parish, 316 William St, Scranton, to be celebrated by Rev. Cyril Edwards, Pastor. Burial with military honors by the AMVETS Honor Guard will follow at the Cathedral Cemetery.
Family and friends may pay their respects at the church on Tuesday from 8:45 AM until Mass. Those attending the funeral are asked to go directly to church.
Memorial contributions may be made in Carl’s name to Mary, Mother of God Parish c/o 316 William St, Scranton, PA 18508.
Arrangements are under the care Kevin K. Kearney Funeral Home, Inc., 125 North Main Avenue, Scranton.