Sat, June 06

Frederick 'Grateful Fred' Jablonski, 1948-2007

Frederick "Grateful Fred" Jablonski, 58, of Sedona, died March 24, 2007, after a long battle with cancer. He was born July 22, 1948, in Toledo, Ohio, to Vincent and Helen (Bielawski) Jablonski.

He was a veteran of the U.S. Army, having served his country during the Vietnam War. He was a sharpshooter, and was awarded the Vietnam Service Medal, the Vietnam Campaign Medal, the Army Commendation Medal and the National Defense Service Medal.

Grateful Fred was a barber and a drummer. He touched thousands with his smile, his kindness and through his music.

He leaves behind his wife of five years, Cindy Jablonski of Sedona; his son, Jeffrey Jablonski (Amy) of Phoenix; his sister, Kathlene Ernst of Knoxville, Tenn.; his stepdaughter, Alexis Preston of Sedona; and one grandchild.

A Memorial Service will be held at the Wesleyan Church in Sedona on April 5 at 2 p.m. Following the Memorial Service, a Celebration of Life will be held at the Sedona Elks Lodge at 4 p.m. For more information, call (928) 204-1316. Fred will be laid to rest at the National Memorial Cemetery of Arizona in Cave Creek on Friday, April 6, at 1 p.m.

Contributions can be made to the Arizona State Credit Union, c/o G.F. Fred Jablonski.

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