Dawn Frees
Thursday
30
July

Visitation at Funeral Home

10:00 am - 11:30 am
Thursday, July 30, 2020
Smith, Seaman & Quackenbush, Inc. Funeral Homes
117 Maple Avenue
Monroe, New York, United States

Final Resting Place

Orange County Veterans Memorial Cemetery
111 Craigville Road
Goshen, New York, United States

Obituary of Dawn M. Frees

Dawn M. Frees September 6, 1933 – July 23, 2020 Monroe, NY Dawn M. Frees passed away on Thursday, July 23, 2020, at her home in Port St. Lucie, FL. She was 86 years old. Over several years, Dawn was diligent and meticulous in her treatment for multiple health issues arising from an autoimmune disease. The treatment for the latest complication was not expected to leave her with a favorable outcome. She instead chose to go home and position herself in her favorite spot in her house where she read scripture every morning. She would gaze at her beautiful roses and stunning sunrises and sunsets. It is there she said goodbye to family who was both present and on video calls. She opened her heart and mind and asked the Lord to take her home. Visitation will be held on Thursday, July 30, 2020 from 10-11:30 a.m. at Smith, Seaman, and Quackenbush, Inc. Funeral Home, 117 Maple Ave., Monroe, NY 10950. The family understands if you decide not to attend for any reason, but particularly due to the current COVID19 concerns. Your thoughts and prayers would be greatly appreciated. A funeral service will be held privately. Burial will take place at Orange County Veterans Memorial Cemetery in Goshen, NY. Her final resting place will be beside her husband, Willliam. Daughter of the late Ernest and Louisa Swartout Campbell, she was born in Albany, NY, on September 6, 1933. She is survived by her children Cheryl Rooney of Florida, NY; Linda Diaz and her husband Ralph of Port St. Lucie, FL; James W. Frees and his wife Claudia, of Monroe, NY; and Lori Montuori and her husband Patrick of Warwick, NY. Additionally, she is survived by her sister Loretta Langdon of So. Westerlo, NY; and by eight grandchildren: Tomas, Lindsay, Brian, Derek, Danielle, Michael, Julia, and Collin; and by two great-grandchildren: Aiden, and Isabella. There are many nieces and nephews who loved her dearly. In addition to her husband and parents, Dawn was predeceased by her sisters Helen Ingalls, Rita Flach and Erma Pettit. Formerly of Monroe, Dawn went to work in the late 60's in the local telephone company now known as Frontier Communications. She held several positions over many years and had fond memories, mostly of the people she worked with. She was a member of St. Paul Lutheran Church in Monroe for close to 50 years. A year round resident of Florida beginning 2007, Dawn was an active member of St. Andrews Lutheran Church. She attended weekly bible studies and often delivered flowers to the sick following Sunday services. She prepped, served and supported Sara's soup kitchen, religiously. She was notorious for her sewing abilities. Over the years she made a wedding gown and bridesmaid's dresses for Cheryl's wedding and more recently made patch quilts. The grandchildren were the proud recipients of quilts, trick or treat bags, window valances, table runners, Christmas tree skirts, etc. These items will be treasured forever. She was notorious for her cliches. One of them was "You gotta make hay while the sunshines!" She lived by these words and she's telling us to do the same. Memorial donations may be made in Dawn's name to St. Paul Lutheran Church, 21 Still Road, Monroe, NY 10950.
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