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Date published: 8/19/2014

Lt. Col (Ret.) Frederick C. Brems

Lt. Col. (Ret.) Frederick Charles Brems, 95, of Fredericksburg was taken early the morning of Sunday, Aug. 17, 2014, from his labor to rest after a long illness.

He is survived by his wife, Margaret; two sons, Rick and Lew; four daughters, Susan, Priscilla, Barbara and Tylene; six grandchildren, Romey, Nicole, Katie, John Walker, Todd and Will; six great-grandchildren; and more friends than can be listed here.

He was born on Jan. 2, 1919, to Frederick William and Marie Harriel (Kleosk) Brems in Chicago, Ill., where he had a wonderful childhood and started his lifelong involvement with the Boy Scouts of America. He earned the rank of Eagle Scout and later was awarded the Order of the Arrow.

Lt. Col. Brems was drafted into the Army in 1941. He served in Gen. George Patton's 2nd Armored Division during the Battle of the Bulge as a Platoon Commander and earned both a Bronze and Silver Star, along with other awards. He remained in the service until 1979, retiring from the Army Reserve.

Helen Mary Charette became his wife on Oct. 6, 1943, while he was in the service. While in the Reserves, he also worked at Marquette Paper in Chicago, and retired in 1979 as general manager.

After his retirement, Lt. Col. Brems and his wife moved to Lake of the Woods.

Fred was preceded in death by Helen, his wife of 42 years. In 1987, he married Margaret Lois Walker. He was a member of St Mary's Catholic Church in Fredericksburg, the Retired Officers Association, the 2nd Armored Division Association and the Lions Club. He was a lector at St. Patrick's Catholic Church and a volunteer at Culpeper Regional Hospital, among other activities.

The family will receive visitors on Thursday, Aug. 21, from 6 to 8 p.m. at Laurel Hill Funeral Home. A funeral mass will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, Aug. 22, at St Mary's Catholic Church, 1009 Stafford Ave., Fredericksburg. Burial will follow in Laurel Hill Memorial Park with full military honors. There will be a gathering of family and friends afterward for refreshments and memories in a location yet to be determined.

Online condolences may be made at laurelhillfuneral home.com.