Michael J. Friedenberger, 52, Duncansville, went to be with the Lord Friday at Altoona Regional surrounded by his family after a brief battle with kidney cancer.
He was born in Altoona, son of Joseph and Regina (Gority) Friedenberger. He married Susan E. Treese on May 4, 1996, at Christ Lutheran Church, Claysburg, and they had recently renewed their vows at St. Rose of Lima Catholic Church, Altoona.
Surviving are his parents of Altoona; his wife, Suzy; a daughter, Meghan E. (Treese) Montesanti and husband, Pasquale Joseph "PJ," of Guilford, Conn.; a grandson, Giacomo Joseph "Jake" Montesanti; two sisters: Mary Catherine Friedenberger of Altoona and Theresa Lasure and husband, Clyde, of Bedford; two brothers: Timothy Eugene and wife, Ginger, of Nashville, Tenn., and Mark Xavier and wife, Theresa, of Altoona; as well as many aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and cousins.
Michael was a 1979 graduate of Altoona Area High School. He retired from the Pennsylvania National Guard in 2001 with the rank of sergeant first class after 21 years of service. He retired as a corporal from the Pennsylvania State Police, Hollidaysburg, in 2009 after 25 years of service. After his retirement, he also owned and operated Resolute Investigations, a private investigation service.
Michael was a member of St. Rose of Lima Catholic Church, Altoona. He served as president of his local Fraternal Order of Police lodge, Frederick Sutton Memorial Lodge 57, and as vice president of the Pennsylvania State Troopers Association.
He enjoyed stargazing, fly fishing, hunting with his brother, Mark, playing poker with friends, spending time with his family and his "girlie-girl," taking naps with his grandson and, most of all, spending time with his wife, Suzy.
Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Monday, May 6, 2013, at The Good Funeral Home Inc., Alto-Reste Park Cemetery. A funeral Mass will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Tuesday, May 7, 2013, at St. Rose of Lima Catholic Church, Altoona, by the Rev. Brian Saylor. Interment will be at Alto-Reste Park Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Troopers Helping Troopers Foundation, 3625 Vartan Way, Harrisburg, PA 17110.