A Memorial Mass for Fredric Carl Peaslee, 70, of Hoffman Estates, IL will be said at 11:00 am on Friday, October 23, 2020 at St. Theresa Catholic Church, 455 N. Benton Street, Palatine. A luncheon will follow at Gianni’s Café, 18 W. Station Street, Palatine. The Interment will be private.
He was a U.S. Navy Veteran of, was born on May 19, 1950 in Waukegan, Illinois, and he succumbed to prostate cancer at St. Alexius Medical Center in Hoffman Estates, Illinois, on Friday October 16, 2020.
He graduated from Antioch High School in Antioch, Illinois, and enlisted in the U. S. Navy right after graduation. He served in Oakland, California, before shipping off to Sangley Point Naval Station in Cavite, Philippines, where he worked as an aircraft mechanic.
While there he met his wife of 49 years, Paz (nee Ramones), who was chaperoning his blind date, but he thought Paz was his blind date. Paz’s girlfriend, Marivi, The actual blind date, elbowed Paz and said “This guy, Fred, thinks you’re his blind date instead of me, now what?” To which Paz replied “then shut up, let’s just play along then.” Fred asked for a follow up date and Paz obliged and they were engaged a month later on May 28, 1971. Navy orders took Fred back to his home base, Moffett Field Naval Station, Mountain View, California, in August of 1971, where Fred then quickly petitioned Paz under a Fiancée Visa. Paz worked for a travel agency in Manila, Philippines, who helped to facilitate the visa issuance and Paz arrived in San Francisco on October 11, 1971, (The Columbus Day holiday). Back then in 1971 this was a public holiday meaning the courts were closed so Fred and Paz could not obtain their marriage license or get their blood tests done. They secured both the next day and married each other at a minister’s home in Redwood City, California, on October 12, 1971 with Fred’s parents as the only two witnesses. Eleven years later, Fred & Paz took their Catholic marriage vows at St. Theresa Church in Palatine on October 30, 1982.
After his tour of duty, Fred returned home to Lake Villa, Illinois, with Paz. Fred worked as a mail carrier with the U.S. Postal Service, an Insurance agent with Combined Insurance Company and attended college courses at College of Cook County and Harper College; all this was accomplished while pursuing loftier goals of taking courses to become a Certified Financial Planner (CFP). He then worked with Woodfield Financial Advisors from January, 1988, until the end stopping only recently after cancer treatments wore him out. (Nearly 32 years).
Paz continued to work in the airline industry at ticket/reservations department at Philippine Airlines/Chicago from 1973 until 1980. When Sean was born Paz took a seven year hiatus to stay home from work. When Sean entered grade school Paz went back to work at THAI Airways International/Chicago from 1987 until 2001; both traveled the world with family in tow until 9/11 happened. After the events of 9/11 eight THIA Airways offices in the U.S. closed and travel became restrictive, almost as bad as COVID is now.
Fred is survived by his wife Paz; son Sean (Elizabeth nee Hruby) Peaslee; grandchildren Ciaran, Darius and step-grandson Anthony; siblings James (Trudy nee Parsons) Peaslee and Pamela (Scott) Huebner; nieces and nephews Glenn and Laura (Jeff) Lee; great nieces and nephews Brianna, Jenna, Alex, Tammy (Pete) Reideler.
Fred is preceded in death by his parents Glenn and Mildred (nee Awe) Peaslee, both of Melbourne, Florida; as well as many uncles, aunts, cousins and nephew Michael.