Freddy Polacsek Obituary, Death – At the Country Meadows Retirement Community in Forks Township, Pennsylvania, on Monday, June 5, 2023, Frederick Charles Polacsek, 103, of Quakertown, New Jersey, passed away. He was the late Charles and Elizabeth (Brautigam) Polacsek’s son, and he was born in New York City, NY, on May 29, 1920. He spent the majority of his youth in Quakertown, New Jersey, and graduated from Flemington High School in the class of 1939.
Fred proudly served in the Army for five years during World War II. He participated in battles in Northern France, Central Europe, the Rhineland, and Normandy with a unit belonging to the Second Armored Division. He also received the Bronze Star for combat courage during the Battle of the Bulge. He was awarded the Silver Star with the European-African Eastern Campaign Medal. As a professional granite cutter, Fred carved and engraved gravestones all over the states of Vermont, New Jersey, and Pennsylvania.
With the help of his devoted wife Jean, he ran Quaker Memorial Works, a granite company, in Quakertown, New Jersey, for forty years. The company was recognized as one of the best Rock of Ages monument retailers in the nation. Both as mayor and a committeeman for Franklin Township, Fred served two terms. He served on the Township Planning Board, where he put together and helped enact the body’s first zoning and subdivision code.
Fred was a founding member of the Quakertown Fire Company, where he served as secretary for twelve years. He was a former member and treasurer of the Quakertown Recreation Club. He was a member of the West Jersey Masonic Association, Clinton Chapter, Royal Arch Mason, The Tall Cedars of Lebanon, Flemington VFW Post 7856, and The Battle of the Bulge Association, among other organizations.