Edwin Loren Freitas

July 21, 1924December 12, 2013
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Edwin was born on July 21, 1924 in the Franklin area to Lauriano and Maria Freitas. He passed away December 12, 2013 peacefully in his home on Buhach with his family and dog, Gabby, by his side.

After graduating from Merced High School, he served in the Army during World War II with most of his tour of duty in India as a postmaster. He was a member of the 40et 8 Drum and Bugle Core and American Legion. On January 8, 1949 he married the love of his life, Janice Alvord. He worked at Foster Farms for several years but retired from PDC in 1994.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Lauriano and Maria Freitas and his brother Joseph Freitas.

He is survived by his wife of 64 years Janice Freitas; two brothers Clarence & Harvey; eight children Pam (Tom) Darley, Ronnie (Mary), Gary, Judy (Timm Shepherd) Wade, Teresa (Jerry)Brummell, Edie Lough, Loren, & Mary (Charlie) Fryar; 29 grandchildren & 33 great grandchildren.

A viewing will be held at Stratford & Evans Funeral Home on Thursday December 19 @ 6pm with a Rosary at 7pm. A service at Our Lady of Mercy Catholic Church on 21st Street in Merced will be held on Friday December 20 @ 10 am with grave side service immediately following at Merced District Cemetery.

The family request that in Lieu of flowers donations be sent to Hinds Hospice.


  • Visitation Thursday, December 19, 2013
  • Rosary Service Thursday, December 19, 2013

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Lisa Taylor Marques

December 21, 2013

Mrs. Freitas, Edie, Teresa and Family, I am saddened to hear of the loss of your husband/father. He was always so sweet when I would visit your home. My prayers are with you and your family.

Lucia Lopez

December 20, 2013

I had the pleasure of working with Mr Freitas at PDC, he was the nicest boss ever he use to crack me up cause he would always say "What a banana" when something went wrong. He will be greatly missed my condolences to the family my prayers are with you.


December 19, 2013

Dad, I love you and miss you! Thank you for all you have taught me. Tell Vu and Va hello for me. Until we see each other again....

December 19, 2013

Our thoughts and prayers are with you and the rest of your family.

Teresa Brummell

December 19, 2013

dad I will always love and miss you, as sad as i am i'm also happy that you aren't suffering any more. Love you forever

December 19, 2013

Janice & Family, I and my family were truly blessed to have you as our neighbors, So many wonderful memories of friendship and fellowship. Thank you for always being there for us.I feel your pain in your loss. Edwin was a great Man. Love the McDowell's

December 18, 2013

Dear Mrs. Freitas, Edie, and family,
So many happy memories at your house in the mid-70s!
We are praying for the repose of the soul of Mr. Freitas.
With deepest sympathy,
Susan Worthley Amalong and family

Stratford Evans Funeral Chapel

December 14, 2013

Offering our deepest condolences during this difficult time.