Eleonore Feihle Frey passed away after a brief illness on March 1, 2023, in the comfort of her home at Marbridge Assisted Living in Cheshire.
Born in Ulm, Germany, Eleonore met Walter Frey on a Friday the 13th in 1953. She moved to the United States in 1955 and they were married. For 63 years, until his passing in 2018, they celebrated every Friday the 13th.
After raising their family in Minnesota, Eleonore and Walter moved to New York state. She was proud to complete her college degree and returned to the workforce. She enjoyed her work in Carl Zeiss’s Manhattan office, and also freelanced as a translator.
Eleonore traveled with her husband and their grandchildren, sharing many adventures. She was the driving force behind an annual family reunion at Virginia Beach that became a 30-year tradition. She kept in regular touch with family and friends.
Eleonore is survived by her two sisters, Annemarie Gridley of Colorado and Traudel Sailor of Germany; her daughter Carol and her husband Mark; and her son Norman. She has seven grandchildren: Terri and her husband Matt, Sean and his wife Lorie, Kirsten and her husband Wade, Michael and his wife Jewell, Tim and his wife Daryl, Paul and his wife Stacy, and Elin and her husband Tom. She was blessed with 12 great-grandchildren.
A memorial service will be held in the summer. In lieu of flowers, the family invites donations to Ray of Light Farm in East Haddam, Connecticut, an animal rescue sanctuary providing therapy programs for the community. Eleonore eagerly visited Ray of Light Farm whenever she could, and she enjoyed a final outing there before becoming too ill to leave her home.