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1936 Joseph 2023

Joseph Frieze

January 16, 1936 — January 15, 2023


Joseph A. Frieze, 86, Bismarck, ND, died on January 15, 2023.

A funeral service will be held ­­­11:00 A.M., Saturday, Jan. 21, at House of Prayer Lutheran Church, 1470 S Washington St., Bismarck.

Visitation will be held 5-7:00 P.M., Friday, Jan. 20, at Parkway Funeral Service, 2330 Tyler Parkway, Bismarck. A prayer service will begin at 7:00 P.M.

Interment will be held at Fairview Cemetery, Bismarck.

Joseph Anton Frieze was born Jan. 16, 1936, in Mott, ND, to John and Magdalena (Basting) Frieze on the family farm. Joe joined the U.S. Air Force in June 1954 and received his G.E.D. in the service. Following his honorable discharge from the Air Force Joe began working for the Plumber’s and Pipefitter’s Local 300 in 1958. He worked various commercial jobs and industrial power and chemical plants traveling to many states during his 40-50 years until retirement in 1998. 

Joseph married Darlene Klein in Bismarck on June 19, 1960. They had five children who they loved very much and were very proud of. He loved spending time with his family.

Joe enjoyed fishing, reading, and gardening. He had a green thumb and always had enough tomatoes, cucumbers and peppers to share with family, friends and neighbors. He started each day reading devotions and his Bible. Reading the daily newspaper and books on history was a favorite past-time. He was a generous and charitable man. He was a long-time member of  the House of Prayer Lutheran Church and helped deliver quilts, serving lunches at funerals and being a greeter as needed. He would drop by local fundraising dinners, not to eat, but to donate money to the person or family in need. He could fix about anything. He loved watching sports, especially local teams. He enjoyed staying informed on current events and news. He was excellent at cooking bacon perfectly, telling his dad/grandpa jokes, telling rhymes for the little kids and grabbing the dinner bill before anyone else could. He was loved and appreciated by his family and many others and will be missed greatly.

Joseph is survived by his wife, Darlene (Klein) Frieze; daughters, Debra (Kelly) Christiansen, Duluth, MN, Susan (Dennis) Cahoon, Hazen, ND, and Kimberly (Martin) Bode, Edmonds, WA; son, Joel (Kristie) Frieze, Orlando, FL; grandchildren, Tascha (Shawn) McConnell, Sheridan Cahoon, Carly Christiansen, Tyler (Nikki) Christiansen, Anna Bode, Ollie Bode, Mya Frieze, Kalee Frieze, Joseph (Isabel Tapanes) Williams, Jeremy Williams, and Jessica Williams; great-grandchildren, Kylee, Lauryn, and Matthew McConnell; brother, Henry Frieze; sisters, Lucille (Stan) Rice, Kathryn (Norman) Hornberger, sisters-in-law, Arlyce (John) Frieze and Roberta (Leo) Frieze; and several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his son, Kyle Frieze (2002); parents, John Frieze Sr. and Lena (Basting) Frieze; brothers, John Frieze Jr. and Leo Frieze; and sisters, Eva Frieze, Alice (Bill) Jung, Ann (Dick) Ehli, Marge (Tom) Emter, Venita Wahlers, and Pauline Frieze.

Dad, we love you and miss you very much! Thanks for everything, especially the wonderful memories, so we can hold you close in our hearts.

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Service Schedule

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Funeral Service

Saturday, January 21, 2023

11:00am - 12:00 pm (Central time)

House of Prayer Lutheran Church

1470 S Washington St, Bismarck, ND 58504

Visitation will be held one hour prior to the service.

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Saturday, January 21, 2023

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