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Frederick Gresch

Frederick Gresch, 90, longtime of Maple Avenue, Ipswich, husband of sixty-one years of the late Nancy L. (Arsenault) Gresch, died  Thursday October 28, 2010 in the Bentley Senior Center, Pennsauken, New Jersey following his long illness.

Born February 8, 1920 in Camden, New Jersey, son of the late William R. and Christina (Berry) Gresch, he was raised in Camden and was a graduate of the Camden County Vocational School. He relocated to Ipswich in 1955, and was employed at Sylvania as a research and development machinist for eighteen years. He was Vice President of the Sylvania Employee Association in Ipswich and President S.E.A for all North Shore Sylvanias. He was later employed at Towle Silver in Newburyport and Extrion in Danvers later to become  Varian in Gloucester, where he worked for fourteen years, retiring in 1986. He was a longtime member of the Immanuel Baptist Church in Ipswich where he served as Chairman of Trustees. He was an active member of the John T. Heard Lodge AF&AM for thirty five years, and a member of the Hampstead Lions Club. An avid bowler, he served as secretary and treasurer Ipswich Bowling League. He won many trophies for golf, was organizer of a Varian Golf League, and was proud to have landed a hole in one. He treasured his autographed photo of Arnold Palmer. He also enjoyed playing darts, and was for several years a member of the Ipswich Dart League.

He is survived by a daughter, Pam Davies of Ocala, Florida; two grandchildren, Colin  and Jennifer and great granddaughter Kendra; a sister Edna Pontelandolfo of Pennsauken, and many nephews and nieces including Walter Lee and his wife Monica of Pennsauken and Carol Lee and her husband James of  Cherry Hill, New Jersey. He was the father of the late U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Frederick  William Gresch, formerly of Ipswich who died in 1969 in Viet Nam; and brother of the late Robert and Edward Gresch and Bessie Lee, all formerly of New Jersey.

His funeral service will be held Tuesday November 2 at 11 am graveside in the Cowles Memorial Cemetery, Ipswich. Family and friends are respectfully welcomed. Arrangements are under the direction of the Whittier-Porter Funeral Home of Ipswich.

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