|Birth: ||Sep. 2, 1986|
|Death: ||Sep. 5, 2007|
Alison "Al" Freels, 21, passed away Sept. 5, 2007 with her family at her side, beloved daughter of John (Lynn) Freels and Annette (Roman) Nakutny; loving sister of Jennifer, Matthew, Jordan and Jena Blocher; dear great-granddaughter of Amalia and granddaughter of Jeannine Pape and Millie Flurnoy;
cherished niece of Eleanor Barrett, Cheri (Bill) Bryant, Eleanor Kepp, Sybil (Glenn) Rievley and Jan Lambert; treasured cousin of Michael, Dan, Steve Bryant, Megan and Molly Freels; and many other family and friends. She will be dearly missed by Pancho.
Funeral Prayers 10:15 a.m. Tuesday, from Kolbus-John V May Funeral Home, 6857 W. Higgins Ave, to Irving Park Lutheran Church, for 11 a.m. service. Visitation Monday, 3 to 9 p.m. Interment private. Please omit flowers. Donations can be made to Irving Park Lutheran Church for a Memorial Fund to assist her adopted family in Mexico. For info. www.kolbusmayfh.com or
You can shed tears that she is gone
or you can smile because she has lived.
You can close your eyes and pray that she'll come back
or you can open your eyes and see all she's left.
Your heart can be empty because you can't see her
or you can be full of the love you shared.
You can turn your back on tomorrow and live yesterday
or you can be happy for tomorrow because of yesterday.
You can remember her and only that she's gone
or you can cherish her memory and let it live on.
You can cry and close your mind, be empty and turn your back
or you can do what she'd want: smile; open your eyes; love; and go on.
Alison Freels died Wednesday, three days after her 21st birthday, having devoted the last two years of her life to helping others.
"Alley Cat," as her friends and family affectionately called her, moved to Bucerias, Mexico, a town just outside of Puerta Vallarta that she visited with her family every year.
Alison had graduated from Good Counsel High School in 2005. After graduating from the Cooking and Hospitality Institute of Chicago in 2006, she left for the Mexico of her youth. While there completing an externship at a nearby resort, she found her second family.
"She rescued a woman from an abusive relationship and took her and her four children in and was helping to raise them," said Alison's sister Jennifer. "They were near and dear to her heart. She cooked at the resort during the day and taught English to adults at night to support them."
Born and raised in the North Center neighborhood Sept. 2, 1986, Alison had been devastated to miss her great-grandmother Amalia Freel's 101st birthday Aug. 25. She had credited her great-grandmother with passing on her passion for cooking.
According to her sister, Alison suffered what seemed like minor knee and elbow injuries several weeks ago when she fell in the street during the deluge from Hurricane Dean.
Though she was hospitalized immediately, severe swelling made her increasingly ill. Jennifer Freels and her mother traveled to Mexico to help Alison celebrate her birthday in a Guadalajara hospital and beg her to leave the family she had adopted -- Juana Gonzalez and her four daughters, Juana, Beatrice, Clara and Isabella, as well as her dog Pancho -- to come home for treatment.
"We went to surprise her, we brought her a cake and celebrated; she shared with the nurses," said Jennifer Freels. "We had to promise we'd look after the family if she came home, but she didn't want to leave the children. We finally got her on a plane. She was in a lot of pain."
The day after her arrival, Alison had surgery at Swedish Covenant Hospital in an effort to save her right leg from an advanced infection. She died from cardiac arrest before her surgery was completed.
'Help anyone, anytime'
"She was a free-spirited, caring person who believed in equal rights for everyone and had great sympathy for those in genuine need," said her sister. "She would run to help anyone, anytime, and believed in everyone getting a fair chance."
"I found one of her journals, and she had written that her one wish was that the day she died it would be surrounded by her family. She was," said Jennifer Freels. "She died doing everything she wanted."
Created by: Breadlady45 from Chicago
Record added: Sep 10, 2007
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