Catharina Frey of Palos Verdes died Friday, July 19 at Little Company of Mary Hospital of complications from Multiple Myeloma. A long-time resident of Palos Verdes Estates, she arrived from Hoek van Holland, the Netherlands in 1950 and settled on the peninsula in 1954. A member of the South Bay Bridge Club, Mrs. Frey had attained the highest level in this very competitive game, she was a Life Master. She was a very accomplished ballroom dancer as well as a passionate swimmer and could be seen swimming the waters at RAT Beach near the old Palos Verdes Swim Club. An avid reader, Mrs. Frey was an active member of the Palos Verdes Library where she was a frequent volunteer. She is survived by her husband, Robert Frey; two daughters, Mara Klein and Ellen McCourt; three grandchildren; and five brothers and sisters. Funeral services will be held Saturday, July 27, 1:00 PM at Green Hills Chapel, 27501 S. Western, Rancho Palos Verdes. Interment will follow services at Green Hills Memorial Park.

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  1. Ellen: I am so sorry to here about the passing of your mother. You probably don\’t even remember me, but you babysat me a lot when I was little. We always had so much fun playing hide and seek in the dark, ignoring my moms bedtime rules, etc… One of my fondest memories of your mom was once when you were babysitting me we went to your house because you had better snacks there. Your mom was so nice – she just sat and watched helplessly (with a big smile on her face)as we basically ate EVERYTHING in your pantry! Anyway, take care, remember all the good times, and know that your mom is loved by many. Our thoughts are with you, Rick and Marj Gwinn

  2. Our deepest sympathy for your loss. A mother\’s love can never be replaced. May you find comfort in the love of your friends and loved ones.– Love, Theresa, James, Jackie, Jamie, Jaime, and Ester “THE MADRIGAL FAMILY”

  3. We are all terribly sorry to hear of Cathy\’s passing. We have loving memories of Cathy and the many holidays and family celebrations we have shared together over the years. We will remember her delightful humor, her laughter, her energy and, of course, her most tasty yams. Many years ago, when we first started sharing holidays together, we were introduced to what our family refers to as “Mara\’s Mother\’s Yams.” Cathy graciously shared her receipe as well as the story of her first Thanksgiving in the United States. We laughed with her as she recalled her dilemma concerning her preparation of a big bird with all the thanksgiving fixings. A friend of hers helped her with the turkey and showed her how to make mouth-watering yams. It was that receipe that she shared with us and the very same receipe that I have been passing on to many of my friends and relatives. Whenever a dinner guest asks for my yam receipe I explain to them that I cannot take credit for the yams because they are “Mara\’s Mother\’s Yams.” Now, our friends and relatives refer to these yams by name! I have always considered it a small tribute to Cathy. We are thankful for having known Cathy and for the pleasure of celebrating many happy occasions together. Cathy will always be remembered in our home, especially on holidays. No holiday dinner would be complete without “Mara\’s Mother\’s Yams.” We will remember her with affection every time they are prepared. We extend our sympathy to her family for their loss. We love her, too. We hope you find comfort in knowing that she touched our hearts and that she will always be remembered with love. Sincerely, Steve, Jan, Kristine, Stephen, and Danny Falletta

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