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May 1, 1936 ~ November 5, 2023 (age 87) 87 Years Old
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Pauline Freas (nee Gutman) passed away peacefully Sunday, November 5, 2023 at Kendal at Oberlin after a long illness. Pauline was born May 1, 1936 in Oberlin to Esther (nee Brown) and Paul Gutman. She was a 1954 graduate of Oberlin High School and later Oberlin Business School.
Pauline had many fond memories of growing up in Oberlin and remained friends for life with some of her classmates.
She worked as a secretary at General Motors for 5 years. In 1956, Pauline married John Farrar and had children, Lisa, Mark and Joe. She was a very active stay at home mother and made crafts to sell at local craft fairs. She was a marvelous hostess, entertaining family and friends with delicious meals and desserts. Pauline had a beautiful smile and wonderful laugh.
After her children were older, she worked as a secretary in the Oberlin College Chemistry Department and enjoyed meeting the students and faculty there.
Later in life, she met Jack Freas and they were married in 1988. Together, they enjoyed traveling in Europe, attending the opera in Cleveland and spending time with friends, children and grandchildren.
She is survived by her children, Lisa (Ahmad Tuck), Mark (Marlene Manoff) and Joseph (Barbara) and their children, Mike and Sadie; first husband, John Farrar; stepdaughter, Karen Hollstein; stepson, Ted Freas; "extra daughter" Lisa Albright; nephews, Bill and David Bishai and a niece, Linda Bishai.
She was preceded in death by her second husband Jack Freas; parents; and a sister, Elizabeth Ann Bishai.
The family is very grateful for the care and love shown to Pauline by the Kendal at Oberlin staff and more recently the Crossroads Hospice staff.
A private graveside service for the family will be held.
Pauline loved visiting the rescued kittens that were up for adoption at the Ginko Gallery in Oberlin. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to: Community Action to Save Strays, P.O. Box 422, Oberlin, OH 44074 or online at www.catssoberlin.org/donate