Ella Frey could have won gold medal being a mom
Funeral services for Ella Frey, 84, of Mobridge, were held Saturday, May 11, 2013, at Zion Lutheran Church.
Burial was in Greenwood Cemetery under the direction of Kesling Funeral Home of Mobridge.
Ella passed away May 5, 2013, in Sun City West, Ariz.
“Well done, thou good and faithful servant.”
If they gave out prizes for moms, she would have received the gold medal. If you ever needed a friend, there was no one better.
Ella Irene Frey was born on Dec. 21, 1928, the third of eight children to John and Rose (Lein) Rabenberg in Glenham. Ella was raised in rural Glenham. After spending her elementary school years in the local one-room schoolhouse, Ella’s life changed when she attended Northwestern Lutheran Academy in Mobridge for high school. After high school, Ella attended Black Hills Teacher’s College for the summer. She taught at the Amundsen School for one year, then taught for Zion Lutheran School in Akaska for one year and the following year taught at the Rabenberg School for one year.
On Sept. 12, 1948, she married Norman Frey, who was her high school sweetheart. After they were married, they lived in a tiny home on the same farm as Ella’s parents. Four children later and after two additions/remodels of the house, the Frey family moved into a bigger home near Mobridge. In 1967 one more son was born.
Over the years, children and grandchildren added a whole new dimension to family gatherings, and soon great-grandchildren were added to the mix.
Ella and Norman traveled extensively to visit family and friends. She kept a detailed calendar of birthdays and anniversaries and never missed sending cards to everyone on these special occasions.
As devout Lutherans, members of the Wisconsin Evangelical Lutheran Synod, Ella and Norman dedicated much of their life to helping the WEL Synod grow and flourish.
Ella was involved in Ladies Aide, Lutheran Woman’s Missionary Society, Zion Choir, and assisting Norman in Builders for Christ. She was also involved in serving her community by volunteering for Gray Ladies, Hospital Auxiliary and Retired Teachers Association.
With a total of 32 offspring, including children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren, Ella worked tirelessly to keep the family close. She and Norman attended every possible wedding, graduation and celebration, making family their top priority.
It is our wish to have you help us in celebrating Ella’s life that with her heart of gold touched the lives of hundreds of people he came into contact with.
Today she is singing with the angels on high. But here on earth, she will be deeply missed.
She is survived by her beloved husband of 64 years, Norman R. Frey; their children, Virginia (Ronald) Glock, Roger (Sheila) Frey, Thomas (Deb) Frey, Timothy (Barbara) Frey and Andrew (Luna) Frey; 14 grandchildren, Jennifer, Michael, Philip, Abigail, Brent, Jeff, Greg, Darby, Shandra, Kyler, Hannah, Naomi, Nakaia and Magnus; 13 great-grandchildren; two brothers, John and Ted Rabenberg; and four sisters, Dorothy Becker, Laila Arndt, Barbara Giese and Marie Tucker.
Ella was preceded in death by her loving parents and one brother, Donald Rabenberg.