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Colonel Henry H. Freudenberg

Colonel Henry H. Freudenberg
  • April 2, 1929 - December 30, 2019
  • Charleston, South Carolina
  • Memorial donations may be made to:
  • Lowcountry Lab Rescue
    P.O. Box 13627
    Charleston, SC 29422

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“Mr. Freudenberg used to come into Hanchey Jewelers. All of the staff looked forward to his visits. He was a true gentleman and I will miss his...Read More »
1 of 7 | Posted by: Frieda Byerly - Charleston, SC

“I never knew Henry but heard all about him from Nancy, who worked with me in Atlanta in the '80's. From her I learned what a wonderful man he was,...Read More »
2 of 7 | Posted by: Richard Wagner - Isle of Palms, SC

“Dear Nancy, Lynn and Larry, My condolences to you and your family on the death of your father. He was a pillar of the Charleston community and the...Read More »
3 of 7 | Posted by: David Furchgott - Charleston, SC

“My mother, Eleanor, worked for many years for Mr. Freudenberg at T&S. She held him in the highest regard, and, if she were alive, would have sent her...Read More »
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“To a family that is very dear to my heart, may God bless your family with warm embraces of comfort. Sincere condolences sent from the Dr. James G....Read More »
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“I met Henry when I transferred to a submarine in Charleston in 1965 I purchased insurance from him at the Sholk Agency on Broad St I never have...Read More »
6 of 7 | Posted by: Charlie Szad - Pensacola, FL

“Larry, I was so sorry to hear your sad news from Mindy Ellin just now. May you be comforted among the mourners of Zion and Jerusalem.Judy (Wolper)...Read More »
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Colonel Henry H. Freudenberg of Charleston, South Carolina died on December 30, 2019 at the age of 90. Henry was born in Essen, Germany on April 2, 1929. He was the only child of the late Margot Strauss Freudenberg and the late Walter Freudenberg. Henry was the devoted husband of 66 years to the late Maxine Triest Freudenberg.

Colonel Freudenberg leaves a legacy of children, Lynn Plait and husband Sid of Tempe, Arizona, Nancy Cherson and husband Brad of Atlanta, Larry W. Freudenberg and wife Marsha of Charleston, and five grandchildren, Lindsey Plait Jones (Christopher), Cara M. Freudenberg (Kathy Weisensel), Marissa Cherson Kandel (Jonathan), Jeremy Cherson (Jo Hee Park-Cunningham); Stephen Triest Freudenberg (Nika) and two beautiful great-grandchildren.

A graduate of High School of Charleston, Henry attended The Citadel, graduating in the class of 1950. He married his childhood sweetheart, Maxine on January 7, 1951, at Temple Kahal Kadosh Beth Elohim (KKBE).

Henry was born in Germany just before the rise of the Nazi regime. He lived a traumatic childhood hiding from the Nazis. In 1938, the family moved to Berlin and successfully left Germany in May of 1939. His mother told him not to cry when leaving as to not show the Nazis his tears. The family lived the next year in England as refugees and in 1940 immigrated to Charleston, South Carolina.

Henry devoted his life to service for his new country. He agreed to an Army commission as a second lieutenant. He ended his military career in the U.S. Army Reserve as a Colonel earning the American Defense Medal, United Nations Award, Korean Service Medal, Army Reserve Medal with 3 clusters and Meritorious Service Medal with 3 Oak Leaf Clusters.

As a civilian, Henry worked from 1952 until 2014 at his father-in-law's insurance agency. He was active in community service and was presented in 2002 with the Order of the Silver Crescent by the Governor of South Carolina. He is a past president of Family Services, Inc; The Hebrew Benevolent Society; the Hebrew Orphans Society; and Kahal Kadosh Beth Elohim Temple.

This child of the Holocaust felt he had a debt to pay to America for giving him a wonderful life.
Of all of his accomplishments, Colonel Freudenberg was most proud of his family; his adoring wife, Maxine (OBM); five grandchildren, and two great-grandchildren. He and Maxine shared a love of dogs and always had at least one furry child. He leaves behind his beloved lab Casey who will go to live the rest of his life with his pal Boomer and Henry's wonderful caregiver Amber.

Colonel Freudenberg's funeral will be held Wednesday, January 1 at 11:00 a.m. at the Coming Street Cemetery of Kahal Kadosh Beth Elohim. Memorial donations may be made to Lowcountry Lab Rescue, PO Box 13627 Charleston, SC 29422.
Arrangements by J Henry Stuhr, Inc., Downtown Chapel.