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“My sincere condolences to the Freidel family. John was a good man and did so much for Chilton Athletics. I remember Peter as a third grader my...Read More »
1 of 38 | Posted by: Karen Watkins - Montello, WI

“lois and family, please accept our deepest condolences for you loss. john was a guiding light in al's early years as a teacher and coach. he was a...Read More »
2 of 38 | Posted by: al and carol schmidt - kimberly, WI

“Mr. Freidel was one of those unique individuals that made Chilton a special place to grow up. His dedication to the school, to sports and most...Read More »
3 of 38 | Posted by: Tom Koch - Houston, TX

“Although at such a time as this, your many friends will say that time will ease your sorrow and take your grief away. What is truer and more...Read More »
4 of 38 | Posted by: suzanne werner wilburn - NE

“My thoughts and prayers are with you during these difficult times. John was an inspiration and guide to me in many ways. He gave me many examples of...Read More »
5 of 38 | Posted by: Tom Selk

“Please accept my sincere condolences for the passing of John, or should I say, Mr. Freidel. He was a good teacher & coach, tough, but good. Also,...Read More »
6 of 38 | Posted by: Glenn Hertel - Milwaukee, WI

“John was a caring person who had a passion and love for sports. He was a sports advocate in many ways, sometimes behind the scenes. He took pride...Read More »
7 of 38 | Posted by: Kate & Bill Suttner Family - WI

“To the Freidel family our thoughts and prayers are with you. John definetly was a legacy to Chilton that has made an impact on how we as a community...Read More »
8 of 38 | Posted by: John and Lori (Parsons) Popp - WI

“To the Freidel familyOur thoughts and prayers go out to all of you. We lost a great guy, a person that if you know anything about the history of...Read More »
9 of 38 | Posted by: Jim Bruckner - Chilton, WI

“To the Freidel Family I was saddened to here the loss of Mr. Freidel. Mr. Freidel was a passionate man when it come to sports,and he really truly...Read More »
10 of 38 | Posted by: Bob Broeckel

“I was saddened to hear about your loss. There are a handful of people that had a profound impact on my life and I am honored to say that John was at...Read More »
11 of 38 | Posted by: Mark Bailey - Yellow Springs, OH

“I have many memories of Mr. Freidel's gym classes. He was truly a pillar in the community and a good man. Thoughts and prayers to the entire Freidel...Read More »
12 of 38 | Posted by: Amy Steenport Wenger - Slinger, WI

“I have already shared my condolences earlier on this website. Since other people are telling "their John Freidel" stories, I thought that I would...Read More »
13 of 38 | Posted by: Ed Rollmann

“Lois and family, Lois my sympathy to you and your family. Enjoyed our brief visit with you and John at Terra Verde a few months ago. May God bless...Read More »
14 of 38 | Posted by: Gloria Schwabenlander - Hilbert, WI

“Mrs. Freidel my condolences to you and the entire Freidel Family. I have many memories of Mr. Freidel as he was always a supporter of mine in my CHS...Read More »
15 of 38 | Posted by: Billy Engler - Appleton, WI

“I was very saddened to hear the passing of my former teacher, coach, and good friend. I give my condolences to the family and will always have fond...Read More »
16 of 38 | Posted by: Thomas Dhein - Bradenton, FL

“We send our deepest sympathy to you, Lois, and your family on the passing of Mr. Freidel. We have many fond memories and especially of him as my...Read More »
17 of 38 | Posted by: Al and Marcia Woelfel - Beloit, WI

“Our Deepest sympathy to the Freidel family.uo are all in out thoughts and prayers. ”
18 of 38 | Posted by: George Sachs - Davenport, FL

“Mr. Freidel was always an inspiration to the youth of Chilton. The first memories I have of John are when he would come to the St. Mary's School ...Read More »
19 of 38 | Posted by: Mike Hoffmann - Chilton, WI

“So sorry to hear of Mr. Freidl's passing. I always thought a lot of him. He was a great man! Certainly enjoyed all of his Physical Ed classes. ...Read More »
20 of 38 | Posted by: Jennifer Dorn - Chilton, WI

“Dear Lois and Family: It is with great sadness that we learned of the news of John's death. There are so many good memories we have of him, as a...Read More »
21 of 38 | Posted by: Richard and Jean Seider - AZ

“So glad mom and I got to see him on Saturday. He was the same feisty man I remember. ”
22 of 38 | Posted by: Laura Ewig - Milwaukee, WI

“To the Freidel family, you have my deepest sympathies.I worked with John during my experience in Chilton Public Schools, I admired his passion and...Read More »
23 of 38 | Posted by: Mark Duerwaechter - Kaukauna, WI

“My most sincere condolences to the entire Friedel family. Working with John was often inspirational, always fun and rewarding. We shared many quips...Read More »
24 of 38 | Posted by: Fred Klaeser - Chilton, WI

“John will be missed by many, He taught me to work my hardest at everything i do and i would accomplish great things. the words he spoke run deep in...Read More »
25 of 38 | Posted by: Jodi Eldred - Sturgeon Bay, WI

“In my junior year, Chilton had the opportunity to play football at Camp Randall in Madison. Mr. Freidel took a photograph of me during that game. ...Read More »
26 of 38 | Posted by: Michael Burg - Appleton, WI

“I am so sad to hear of the news of Mr. Freidel's death. At my last class reunion (class of '78) , as we were reminiscing, we started sharing...Read More »
27 of 38 | Posted by: Pat Engler-Parish - Laramie, WY

“My deepest sympathies to the Freidel Family: John was my gym teacher at CHS, and athletic director during my time there. He was a great guy, and...Read More »
28 of 38 | Posted by: Brian Nett

“Dear Lois and Family, It was with sadness that I read of John's passing. I first met John at Terra Verde, where our group of friends meet for coffee...Read More »
29 of 38 | Posted by: Lynn Michels

“Pete - Our thoughts are with you and all your family during this difficult time. We are so sorry for your loss. Let us know if you need anything...Read More »
30 of 38 | Posted by: Terri & Rich Somsky - Kissimmee, FL

“To the Freidel family, So sorry for you loss. John had done so much for me over the years. He gave me my start. He was always supportive, truely...Read More »
31 of 38 | Posted by: Rocky

“To the Freidel Family: We send our deepest sympathy to all of you. We also thank you allowing John to spend so much time in the development of...Read More »
32 of 38 | Posted by: Mark and Kathy Burg - Chilton, WI

“I am so sorry for your loss. John was a good and caring man. I have fond memories of working with him. Sincerely, Carol Poppy ”
33 of 38 | Posted by: Carol Poppy - Chilton, WI

“It is no accident that Chilton Tiger sports programs and excellence go hand-in-hand. As athletic director for many years, John always stressed the...Read More »
34 of 38 | Posted by: Ed Rollmann

“To Lois and the kids: This is so sad. I worked with John for many years and have fond memories of working swim meets with him. John was a driving...Read More »
35 of 38 | Posted by: Dale Voskuil - Chilton, WI

“John was the athletic director during my time at CHS. His dedication to the students and school was evident in everything he did. The Athletic...Read More »
36 of 38 | Posted by: Linda Juckem - Chilton, WI

“The Chilton Tigers lost one of its greatest fans. RIP John... you will be missed. As a former teacher and coach at Chilton High, I always...Read More »
37 of 38 | Posted by: Scott Fritz - Howards Grove, WI

“John loved the Chilton Tigers and the kids that competed in the tiger gold and blue! Thanks in large part to him Chilton schools have run classy,...Read More »
38 of 38 | Posted by: Rich Appel - Chilton, WI


John G. Freidel, age 84 years, 5 months and 10 days of Chilton Wis., died on December 10, 2012 at 12:40 pm. He was born on June 29, 1928 in Watertown Wisconsin, the son of Edward and May (Porter) Freidel. He grew up in Waterloo Wis., attending St. Joseph Catholic grade school graduating from Waterloo High School in 1946.
In 1948, John enrolled at the University of Wisconsin (Madison) where he majored in Physical Education. He served as the Badger football team student manager for the '51-'53 Hard Rocks team. Upon graduation with a B.S. degree in Physical Education, was commissioned a 2nd Lieutenant in the US Army Transportation Corps. He served in Korea near the end of the war.
In 1954, John taught at Reedsville (Wis) High School as a Physical Education and Science Teacher, as well as head football, basketball and baseball coach.
In 1956, John moved to Chilton (Wis.) High School, where he was a teacher for thirty-seven years. Besides teaching Physical Education, he also coached varsity baseball, JV football, varsity basketball and golf. His baseball teams won the conference championship in both 1959 and 1960. In 1968, he was appointed to be the schools first Athletic Director, a position he held for twenty-seven years. In 1986 he was named Wisconsin District IV Athletic Director of the year. He retired from teaching in 1990, but continued to work as Athletic Director for three more years. In retirement, he continued his involvement in sports by working as the Chilton High's scoreboard/scorebook operator.
John served on the committee to build a new high school in Chilton, including the new gymnasium, swim pool and the auditorium. He was a member of the UW Alumni Association and National W Club.
He enjoyed golfing, skiing, photography, and genealogy. He and his wife Lois enjoyed watching their children and grandchildren participate in sports. They travelled to many major athletic events, including three Olympics, the Super Bowl, Rose Bowl, PGA Masters Tournaments, Final Four, Indy 500, Daytona 500, and Kentucky Derby as well as the high school's four State Championships.
John married Lois Mae Berner, also of Waterloo Wisconsin on April 18, 1953 at St. Joseph's Church. In addition to his wife, he is survived by five children; Lynne (James) Lintner – Appleton, Thomas (Katie Kovalcik) Freidel – Colorado Springs CO, Michael (Kristi Eberhardt) Freidel – Marshall Wi, Patricia (Mike) Jehn, Waukesha WI, and Peter (Janess Piltz) Freidel – Clermont Fl. He is further survived by his sister Barbara (Freidel) Moroder, and twelve grandchildren: Brian Lintner, Eric Lintner, Nicholas Lintner, Matthew Freidel, Sarah Freidel, Ellen Freidel, Austin Cain, Leah Cain, Benjamin Jehn, Casey Jehn, Amanda Freidel, and Andrew Freidel, along with a number of nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, grandson Christopher Freidel, brother in law Joseph Moroder, niece Julie Moroder, brother in law and sister in law Bruce and Audrey White, a brother in law Ron Fox.
Mass of Christian Burial will be at 11:30 am on Friday, December 14, 2012 at Good Shepherd Catholic Church (54 E. Main St.) in Chilton with the Rev. Bob Kollath officiating. Burial will follow in the St. Mary Catholic Cemetery. Friends may call at the Wieting Family Funeral Home (411 W. Main St.) in Chilton from 5:00 pm until 7:00 pm on Thursday, December 13, 2012 and on Friday at the church from 10:00 am until 11:00 am. A parish vigil service will take place Thursday evening at the funeral home beginning at 7:00 pm.
Memorials given in the name of John G. Freidel are appreciated for development of the Chilton High School "Wall of Honor".