SANDUSKY - Friends and family from across the country filled the room at the Groff Funeral Homes & Crematory Thursday to pay respects and mourn the loss of Timothy Fresch, 25, and Domonic Fresch, 1.
Timothy and Domonic died Sept. 15 in a fire that also took the lives of four girls: Tiara Angel, 6; Stormie Huey, 5; Trinitie Huey, 4; and Sunshine Huey, 3.
The Rev. Mel Salyer performed Thursday's service.
"There are no words I could express that could amount to the extent of this situation," he began. "It is just tragic."
"Domonic was a beautiful little boy," Salyer said. "He brought joy and life to those that knew him."
The girls' funeral was Thursday in Tiffin.
Timothy, of Sandusky, was born June 7, 1988, to Gwenda Fresch and the late Tim G. Fresch. Domonic was born Oct. 26, 2011.
Gwenda described Fresch as someone who always wanted to have kids and to take care of his kids.
"He had always wanted to be a father just like his dad," she said. "He loved being a father, visiting family, and showing off his kids, just being a family man."
According to his obituary, Fresch enjoyed playing football and working out at the YMCA.
"It has been so long since I've seen Timmy," Teresa O'Regan, cousin to Fresch, said. "He always had a smile and was just a silly guy cracking people up. He was protective of his sisters, Amanda Fresch and Maegan Rameau. He cared for his kids and girlfriend Anna (Angel). The world suffered a tragic loss of such a great young man."
O'Regan said Fresch took care of Anna's girls and treated them like his own, and he always wanted a big family. She said their family always comes together when others need them.
"When you come into our family, we welcome you in and we take care of you."
Timothy's cousin, Christy Carico, said, "I am still lost for words. This is like a bad dream I can't wake from. This doesn't seem real. Just know, (he) will be missed everyday, even if we didn't get to see or talk to each other often the last few years. Why he had to leave so soon I will never understand."
During the service, Peggy Carico, Timothy's grandmother; Daniel Carico, his cousin; and Buddy Carico, his uncle, performed the song "Someone to Care."
Sister Amanda read a poem titled "Broken Chain."
She said, "We little knew the day that God was going to call your name. In life we loved you dearly, In death we do the same..."
Memorial contributions were made to Tiffin Fire Department Stations No. 1 and Station No. 2. Gwenda said she decided to make the contributions to the fire department because of the emotional suffering from this tragedy.
Following the service, Timothy and Domonic were buried at St. Joseph's Cemetery in Sandusky.