Frederick (Fred) Schwegel, of Dawsonville, passed away peacefully on Thursday, Oct. 31 at his home in Dawsonville.
It had been Fred’s wish that when his time came that he be at home when it happened with his loving and devoted daughter, Debbie, by his side. He got that wish.
In July of 2019 following back surgery from a fall, Fred started showing signs of what ended up being a rare, incurable and fast acting brain disease called Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease (CJD). He was officially diagnosed with CJD in September. CJD affects only about one in every 1,000,000 people in the world every year. It can hide in the body unseen for decades until something, such as a fall or surgery, sets it in motion.