Age 77 of White Bear Lake, MN passed away on Sept 26, 2023. Preceded in death by son John; parents Marie and Fred; sisters Pat Davis, Judy Muellner and brother Lance. Fred was born in Chicago, IL and was adopted, shortly after birth, by Marie and Fred Eberwine. In the last 5 yrs. Fred has found the names of his birth parents and many living cousins through research on Ancestry.com
Fred is survived by his loving wife of 32 years, Kathy; sons Mark (Judy Terry), Andy Willenbring (Nick Pautzke), Joe, and daughter Mimi; grand kids Maila, Morgan, Mona, Angel, Michael, Grace and Eben; Mothers of our grandchildren Katie, Julie and Ann; and his beloved fur baby Maggie Mae.
Fred served his country in Vietnam as a diesel mechanic in the Navy. In 2008, he retired from the City of St. Paul where he worked as a heavy equipment mechanic. Fred enjoyed reading his collection (100+ books passed on from his Dad), of Louis L'Amour books over and over again.
Fred and Kathy enjoyed many years traveling in their RV's around the US and Canada making many memories along the way. For the last 11 years they spent their summers, as seasonal residents, in Grand Marais MN municipal campground. Fred and Kathy loved the North Shore, looking at Lake Superior, sitting by campfires, riding up the Gunflint Trail looking for critters and fall colors, eating a donut or two or three from The World's Best Donuts, and just spending time with their many Grand Marais friends whom they called family.
Fred would have celebrated 40 years of sobriety in AA on November 8, 2023. He learned along the way to live his life one day at a time. Even during his sickness, he stayed focused on living each day the best he could.
Fred unconditionally loved Kathy, his family, especially his 7 grand kids, all his friends and neighbors with his whole being. He touched many people's lives. So, however you met Fred, know that he cherished your friendship and his memory lives on in each of us. Go forward and be kind and love unconditionally in Fred's memory.
Thank you all for all the prayers, support, hugs, cards and food.
The Fred Eberwine family
Memorial Mass of Christian Burial will be at 11 AM on Tuesday, October 10, 2023 at ST. PIUS X CATHOLIC CHURCH, 3878 Highland Avenue, White Bear Lake, MN. Visitation one hour prior to Mass. Interment Ft. Snelling National Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers memorials are preferred.