Rev. Joseph T.
December 22, 1933 - December 27, 2020
Rev. Joseph T. Freund, C.Ss.R. 87, a Redemptorist priest of St. Alphonsus Villa community, New Smyrna Beach, died on Sunday, December 27, 2020. Fr. Freund was born on December 22, 1933 in New York City, NY and was the son of Francis J. and Julia Rein Freund. He was baptized at St. Raphael Church in New York City on January 14, 1934 and was educated at St. Jeromeís School in the Bronx, NY. Fr. Joseph began his seminary training in 1954, was professed as a Redemptorist on August 2, 1961 and ordained a priest on June 19, 1966 at Mt. St. Alphonsus, Esopus, NY. His first assignment as a priest was to Sacred Heart Church in New Smyrna Beach. His 54 years of ministry resulted in various assignments in the southeast United States, the Caribbean and also in the northeast United States. At age 73, he responded to a call to preach parish missions in South Africa for six months. Owing to health needs, Fr. Freundís final assignments were in Brooklyn, NY, St. John Neumann Residence in Timonium, MD and at St. Alphonsus Villa in New Smyrna Beach. He is survived by his sister-in-law, Lee Freund of Ohio. Private Mass of Christian Burial will be Monday, January 4, 2021 and burial will be Tuesday, January 5, 2021 in Edgewater-New Smyrna Cemetery. May Our Lord grant him eternal rest and peace!
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