Glenn Gilbert Freres, age 89, went Home to be with the Lord on Sunday, May 9, 2021, in San Antonio, TX. He was born June 11, 1931, in Chicago, IL, to Joseph and Alvina, nee Niemann, Freres.
Glenn is survived by his children, Linda Prochot and her husband Alan, Michael Freres and his wife Cathy, and Steven Freres and his wife Gloria; grandchildren, Natalie, Joseph and his wife Sarah, Lindsay and her partner, Stephanie, Mark and his wife Jane, Jeffrey, Megan and her husband Zach, Russell and his wife Kristina, and Jillian; great-grandchildren, Evelyn, Patrick, Adalynn, Amelia, and Bennett; brother, Dale Freres and his wife Bobbie; and numerous nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents; his first wife, Lorraine, nee Seybold, and his second wife, Catherine, nee Oakley.
Born and raised in Skokie, IL, Glenn served in the U.S. Army. He met the former Lorraine Seybold on New Year’s Eve at the USO and they married shortly thereafter. They settled in Skokie and worked in the family business where Glenn and Lorraine later independently owned and operated the Main Street Tavern. In 1975, they relocated to San Antonio to open a McDonald’s restaurant on IH10 and Wurzbach. Because of their keen business sense, they prospered to own and operate multiple other McDonald’s locations in San Antonio.
Other than family, travel was Glenn’s passion. He and Lorraine traveled together on numerous cruises and around the world. In 2001, they retired, and unfortunately, Lorraine passed away. After mourning her loss, he regained his passion for travel, and, as an example, he took all eight of his grandchildren on a cruise.
In 2005, Glenn had a setback with medical issues. It was during this time that he met Catherine and they later married. Glenn survived a kidney transplant that was originally solicited for in a church bulletin. Recognizing the miracle, Glenn became close to the donating “angel”. Through Catherine’s tenacious support, together they were able to succeed beyond the medical issues and more importantly the transplant.
In San Antonio, Glenn was a member of Abiding Presence Lutheran Church. A Rotarian, he was also a member of the Order of the Moose and the San Antonio Restaurant Association. He was a board member of the Ronald McDonald House at its inception.
Visitation, Sunday, May 16, 2021, from 4 to 7 p.m., at HABEN Funeral Home & Crematory, 8057 Niles Center Rd., Skokie. Funeral Service, Monday, May 17, at 10 a.m., at the funeral home. Interment, with Military Honors, at Memorial Park Cemetery, Skokie.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to The Village at Incarnate Word, 4707 Broadway, San Antonio, TX, 78209 (www.thevillageiw.org).
Funeral info: 847.673.6111.