Three members of a New Jersey family all died from coronavirus within the same week.
Larry Freda, 85, and wife Victoria Freda, 83, were married for 62 years and both passed away on April 24, reported People. Their son, John Freda, 51, succumbed to the novel virus two days prior, on April 22nd.
Earlier this week, Governor Phil Murphy honored the Fredas in a succession of tweets.
“We remember Larry and Vicki Freda, and their son, John. One family,” Murphy tweeted.
“Larry and Vicki loved being grandparents, and always had fun. May God bless these three souls.”
Larry was an Army veteran and spent 24 years working at a Pabst Blue Ribbon Brewery, according to his obituary.
Victoria held multiple positions within the Township of Fairfield before her retirement in 2007, according to her obituary. Her greatest pleasure in her later years was being a grandmother.
The couple was said to be “inseparable” and shared three children and six grandsons.
John was a licensed optician and “had a knack for trying to make people feel special,” his obit noted.
He is survived by three sons and two brothers.
“John was a proud Jersey product all the way. He had a creative soul, loving to write, draw, and work on art projects. He was an avid reader & movie buff. John was funny, thoughtful, intelligent, & introspective,” Governor Murphy tweeted.
As of Friday, New Jersey has recorded 187,164 positive cases of COVID-19, with at least 15,903 fatalities, reported NJ.com.