John Norman Freedlund

June 20, 1948 - September 26, 2020

John Norman Freedlund, 72, passed away suddenly on Saturday, September 26 at Mercy Hospital in Aurora.  He was born to Norman and Virginia (Anderson) Freedlund on June 20, 1948.  John was a long-time resident of Batavia, graduating with the high school class of 1966, and was proud of the friendships he maintained with many of his classmates.  He graduated from Carthage College in 1970, where he met his wife Lynn (Christiansen) with whom he recently celebrated their fiftieth wedding anniversary.

John taught history and coached basketball for many years at Carl Sandburg Junior High School in Mundelein, Illinois.  After which he worked as a commodities broker at the Chicago Mercantile Exchange.  After retirement, John volunteered for many years at the Batavia Interfaith Food Pantry and more recently, at the Batavia Depot Museum.  John was an avid Cubs fan and a proud father and grandfather. 

In addition to his wife, John is survived by his children Emily Freedlund (Fiancé Adam Michalak), Daniel (Megan) Freedlund, Amy (Edward) Frankowski, and Anders (Kara) Freedlund; two grandsons, Oscar Frankowski and Otis Freedlund, and his brother Jim (Kathy) and nephew JJ.

Visitation will be held 4:00 P.M. until 8:00 P.M. Thursday, October 1, 2020 at Moss Family Funeral Home, 209 South Batavia Ave. Batavia, IL.  Funeral services will be held privately. 

Due to the current COVID-19 pandemic and the restrictions of occupancy, the visitation will be limited. All visitors entering the funeral home are required to wear a face covering.  Be prepared to wait outside if occupancy becomes an issue. Due to the number of people who would like to pay their respects, we ask that you make your visitation a brief one.  The family appreciates your sincere cooperation during these very challenging and difficult times

In lieu of flowers, contributions in John’s name can be made to the Batavia Interfaith Food Pantry or the St. Joseph’s Indian School, P.O. Box 326, Chamberlain, SD 57326, a charity he has supported for many years. 

For additional information contact Moss Family Funeral Home, 630-879-7900 or

Guest Book

  • Michael Stiers Volunteering at the Depot Museum John and I shared many stories of our time in Batavia. His Humor and wit will be missed by all of us who knew him. My condolences to Lynn and family. Mike Stiers
  • Deb Nielsen I am so sorry to hear about your loss, Lynn and family. Hoping in these coming days you will find a sense of peace and solace as you celebrate the many good memories of your husband and father.
  • Chris Curl One of the best things that happened to me later in life, was counting John ss one of my closest friends. He was simply one of the finest men I've ever known.
  • Steve Patzer John was a fine man, cut from the same humble cloth as all the Freedlunds. If only more of the world had the same fabric. Batavia was blessed with many. My sincere condolences to all the family. Steve Patzer
  • Julie Meyer I am so sorry to hear about John's passing. He was such a gentle soul and will be greatly missed. My prayers to you and your family at this time.