Cumberland Times-News


January 27, 2012

Joseph Freno [Cumberland]

CUMBERLAND — Joseph Freno, 95, of Cumberland, passed away on Friday, Jan. 27, 2012.

Born Nov. 21, 1916 in Youngstown, Ohio, he was the eldest son of the late Stephano and Concetta (Marsico) Freno. He was preceded in death by his brothers, Robert Freno, Rudolph Freno, Arthur Freno, and Guy Freno; and by his former wife of 35 years, Ada (Ryan) Freno.

Mr. Freno attended Penn Avenue High School in Cumberland. He was a member of St. Patrick’s Catholic Church, where he served as an usher and lector for many years. He served in the U.S. Army during World War II, stationed in the Pacific Arena in both the Philippines and New Guinea. Mr. Freno was a freight driver for many years. He had an extensive career spanning over 25 years as a business agent and president of Teamsters Local 453 and after retiring, he served as president of Teamsters Local 453 Retirees. He was elected a member of the Cumberland City Council, where he served from 1990-1994. He was a past president of the local chapter of The Sons of Italy, a past member of the local V .F.W., Moose and Eagles organizations.

Mr. Freno was an avid golfer and held membership at the Maplehurst Country Club.  He bowled in several local leagues.  He loved to dance and listen to music and was known for his faithful and enthusiastic attendance at the Cumberland Friday after Five events for many years.

Surviving are siblings, Tony Freno, Sun City, Calif., and Carmel (Freno) Brockman, Sante Clarita, Calif.; his daughter, Cheryl “Sherry” Twigg and her husband James “Jim” Twigg, Cresaptown; his son, Joseph “Joe” Freno and his wife Mari (Wagner) Freno, Fort Ashby, W.Va.; grandchildren, Misty (Twigg ) Dotson and her husband Bruce Dotson, Cumberland, James “J.J.” Twigg and his wife Melissa (Davis) Twigg, Cresaptown, Shana Freno, Rockville, Anthony “T.J” Freno and his wife Whitney (Cooper) Freno, Fort Campbell, Ky.; step-grandchildren, Joshua Wagner and his wife Victoria (Euzent) Wagner, Severn, and Sarah “Beth” Wagner, Augusta, W.Va.; great-granddaughters, Haylee Twigg and McKinlee Dotson. He was a wonderful father, and grandfather, and well respected union official and will be sadly missed.

Friends will be received at the Scarpelli Funeral Home, P.A., 108  Virginia Ave., Cumberland, ( on Sunday from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m.

Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church on Monday at 1 p.m. with Fr. Bernard Finerty, O.F.M. Cap. as celebrant.

Interment will be in Maryland State Veterans Cemetery, Rocky Gap, Flintstone.

Military honors will be accorded by the Post 13 Veterans Honor Guard.

Pallbearers will be Jim Twigg, J.J. Twigg, Dr. Tom Ghobrial, Bruce Dotson, T.J. Freno, and Joshua Wagner.

Immediately afterwards, friends and family will be welcomed at a fellowship gathering at the Social Room of St. Patrick’s Catholic Church.

Condolences may be sent to the family at

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