June 28, 1920 - March 9, 2013
George McCarthy Funeral Home
March 22, 2013
Fred J. Bozaich,
92, a native Puebloan, passed away on March 9, 2013 in Lincoln, California
where he had lived since January 1, 2012 with his sister and brother-in-law.
Fred is preceded in death by Kay, his wife of 70 years; his parents, Mary
and Joseph Bozaich; sister, Albina (Charles) Feldhaus and brother, Stan
He is survived by his sister, Harriett (Wally) Anderson; aunt, Dorothy
Cernac; numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.
Fred was a proud member of St. Mary Church and truly enjoyed living in
Pueblo. His baseball career in Pueblo was a highlight of his life. He
and his brother, Stan, played for the Pepper Furniture semi-pro team with
and against many special friends from his church and his neighborhood.
He signed a professional baseball contract with the Texas League, but
was drafted and entered World War II. He was a soldier of the elite 3rd
Infantry Division and fought in French Morocco, Sicily, Italy, France
During his years of foreign service he took part in many campaigns including
the battle for the Anzio Beachhead and the capture of Hitler's Eagles'
Nest at Berchtesgaden. His decorations include the European African Middle
Eastern Service Medal, The American Defense Service Medal, the Distinguished
Unit Citation, the European Theatre Bronze Service Arrowhead and the Croix
de Guerre of France.
Fred's baseball dream was somewhat realized when he was the center fielder
for the Marne Nine, the 3rd Infantry Division's baseball team. There were
ten professional baseball players on the team, including Gil Dobbs, Bob
Savage and the famous Cal McLish.
He is fondly remembered by family and friends for his love of life and
his wonderful sense of humor.
Funeral Mass, 10:00 am, Thursday, March 21, 2013 St. Mary Church with
interment to follow at Roselawn Cemetery.
Under the direction of George McCarthy Funeral Home.