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Karl A. Freiheit, 73, a retired jeweler and a member of the Buffalo Bowling Association Hall of Fame, died Friday (Sept. 22, 2000) in his Town of Tonawanda home after a brief illness.

An avid bowler, he joined the Bowling Association board of directors in 1959 and served as an associate director, director and president (1990-91). He was named a Hall of Famer earlier this year.

As an organizer, Freiheit put together a 20-team Masonic squad for the national ABC Tournament in Buffalo's Connecticut Street Armory in 1963 and formed a 53-team squad for a city tournament in 1971 in conjunction with the Buffalo Masonic Bowling Association's 50th anniversary.

He was president of the New York State Masonic Tournament Board in 1997-98 and was instrumental in bringing the State Masonic Tournament to Buffalo in 1997.

Freiheit was a member of Transportation Lodge 842, F&AM, and a life member of Zion United Church of Christ in the Town of Tonawanda. He was president of the Hutchinson-Central High School Alumni Association.

Until his retirement three years ago, he was owner and president of Becker Jewelers. Masons relied on him for jewelry. Chances were good for many years that any type of jewelry -- Masonic, Scottish Rite, York Rite, Order of the Eastern Star, Order of Amaranth or any other concordant body -- was fashioned, constructed, repaired, engraved or refurbished by Freiheit.

After retiring from his own business, he continued to work on jewels at Teufel's Jewelers in Williamsville.

Survivors include his wife of 52 years, the former Margaret R. Grimm, and a daughter, Barbara C. of the Town of Tonawanda.

A Masonic service was held Sunday in Lester H. Wedekindt Funeral Home, 3290 Delaware Ave., Town of Tonawanda. The funeral will be held in the funeral home at 11 a.m. Tuesday. Burial will be in Forest Lawn.

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