Valeria "Val" Frey

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Valeria Jo Frey, of New Hampton, IA, passed away on Friday, August 17, 2018 at her home. Memorial Service will be held at 10:30 AM on Wednesday, August 22, 2018 at Trinity Lutheran Church in New Hampton, IA. Burial will be at a later date at her home town of Audubon, IA. Visitation will be held from 4:00-8:00 PM on Tuesday, August 21, 2018 at Trinity Lutheran Church in New Hampton, IA and will continue one hour prior to the service at the church on Wednesday. Online condolences for Val’s family may be left at Memorials may be directed to Trinity Lutheran Youth Fund or to the family for a scholarship to be given to a STEM graduating senior from Denver High School in Val’s name. Val was born September 10, 1960 in Storm Lake, IA the daughter of Richard and Betty (Robbins) McVinua. She graduated from Audubon High School in 1979. She met Kevin Frey as both were Bible Camp counselors at Okoboji Lutheran Bible Camp. In 1981 they were married in Audubon. They settled in St. Paul, MN where Kevin attended seminary. Val graduated from Westmar University and began her teaching career after the family moved to Denver, IA. Val taught her entire career at the Denver Elementary School, employed there since 1989 until the present. In addition to teaching duties, Val was a leader in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) Education both in Denver and in Northeast Iowa having led FIRST Lego League teams who qualified for state, national and international competitions. Val was also a graduate of the University of Northern Iowa receiving her Masters Degree in Curriculum Development. Youth of all ages were a passion of Val’s heart. She touched countless lives through leading church musical groups and mission trips. Val is survived by her husband Kevin of New Hampton; her children and their spouses Joshua and Franny Frey of Waukee, IA, Andrew and Anora Frey of Champaign, IL and Emma Frey of St. Louis Park, MN; her mother Betty McVinua of Audubon, IA and her brother and his wife and family Corey and Shana McVinua of Maryville, MO; and her dogs Cocoa and Oreo. She is preceded in death by her father Richard McVinua in 2001. Val’s wishes at her funeral are that all her family and friends wear their favorite colors.

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  1. Dear Frey Family, I am so sorry for your lost. Val was a true angel who walked among us here on Earth. We were all very lucky to be blessed with such a wonderful friend in our lives. I pray for your comfort as you continue your grieving process. I know that Val will continue to shine her light on us from above.

  2. I am grateful for the time I got to know Val while teaching LIGHT. Always teaching even when she wasn’t at the school. An amazing woman!

  3. I am so blessed to have known Val and worked with her for years. I have missed her presence in my teaching since I left Denver, but I know she continued to be a creative, supportive, and effective teacher. She also continued to be my friend. My thoughts and prayers are with Kevin, Josh, Andy, and Emma as they learn how to live without their beloved wife and mom.

  4. Pastor Kevin and family, Our sympathy and prayers are extended to each and everyone of you.
    Although I didn’t know Val well, we shared some time together when Kevin, Val, and I were in
    “Damm Yankee’s” ,a community theatre performance. May you find peace in knowing Val is now
    with Our Lord and enjoying eternal life. May God bless all of your family.

  5. Pastor Frey and family,
    I am so sorry for your loss. To paraphrase John 3:16, “…whoever believes in Him shall not perish but have eternal life.” May you find comfort in God’s word.

  6. Pastor Frey and family, May God wrap his loving arms around you and give you comfort and peace. May your happy memories of Val stay with you always.
    Dennis and Marj Troyna.

  7. Pastor Kevin & family…Words cannot express our deepest sympathy for your loss in Val. May the memories you hold deep inside your heart help to comfort you. You are in our thoughts & prayers….Kelly Wheelock along with Emily, Nick, & Justin Jr.

  8. Pastor Kevin and family – We are so very sorry to learn of Val’s passing. There are no words to describe our sadness for you. We extend our sympathy to you. God’s peace be with you all. Nick and Kendra Leibold

  9. So very, very sorry for your loss. Prayers of peace and comfort. May God’s grace and love be with you during this time.

  10. The Haan and Burk family are so sad to hear of Val’s passing. She helped shape the mind of not only our oldest daughter, but many children throughout the years at Denver. Prayers for her family, friends, and the town as they grieve.

  11. To the Frey family, So sorry for your loss. Val is an amazing person. She has made such a positive difference in the lives of so many youth. Memories of her beautiful, inspiring self will live on in all those she touched, and all those they touch. God’s peace and comfort be with you. Karla and Kasey Krueger

  12. Val Frey you will be missed tremendously! I enjoyed working with, and becoming friends! I am heart broken for your family and the staff and students of Denver! You are one of a kind! Love you Val Frey!

  13. Dear Kevin and family,
    You are not only my Pastor but you are a dear friend. Dave and I were so sad to hear of Val’s passing when we arrived at church this morning. Val was a dear woman and will be missed by all who knew her. She had so many friends from the Denver area and here in New Hampton. Memories of her will remain in our hearts. Our sympathy to all of your family.
    Dave and Sandy Jaschen

  14. I am so sorry for the loss of your precious Val. I enjoyed working with her for so many years in Denver.
    She brought so much of herself to her teaching and worked above and beyond to give kids experiences they would not have had otherwise. She will be remembered with admiration and fondness.
    Nancy Gaies

  15. I remember being in your wedding 35 years ago!!! I remember you meeting as camp counselors in Okoboji Lutheran Bible Camp. I’m so sorry that Val was taken from you. You are all in my prayers.

  16. I’m saddened to hear of the death of Val and have wonderful memories of a kind and caring woman. Kevin and family, my thoughts and prayers are with you. May you find joy in your memories!
    Barb DeJonge Overline

  17. Kevin, Emma, Andy, and Josh you are all in our prayers. I hope the outpour of love, thoughts, and hugs will bring some comfort as you know so many of us knew Val was an amazing lady, friend, and teacher. She always made us laugh and smile and not only was adored by myself & my 2 children but many children & colleagues. She made a tremendous impact through her dedication with educating young minds but also through her fun and easy going personality. She will always be treasured and sorely missed. Oreo and Cocoa, you are in my heart as well as you try to understand what happened to your mommy. Your dad is going to need you more now than ever. Give Kevin and Emma especially lots of love as you will each find comfort in one another. – Stephanie, Dillon, Dayton & Buck Fowler

  18. Kevin, Josh, Andy and Emma, We are so sorry for your loss. Val touched so many lives of all ages. She will be missed. Our prayers to you for peace and comfort.

  19. Kevin, Josh, Andy, Emma and families, Words cannot express how I feel at Val’s death. Her time here was spent loving her family and teaching. Know that she touched the lives of so many . You all are in my prayers.

  20. May the memories of Val fill your thoughts today and in the coming days. All our prayers to her family. David and Jeanne Roder

  21. Pastor Frey and family, our sincere sympathy. May God be with you and be a comfort to all in the loss of your loved one. Rest in peace Val.
    Jack and Betty Gorman

  22. Pastor Kevin, Josh, Andy and Emma- So sorry to hear about Val. My thoughts and prayers are with you all. May God comfort you. Deb Thorne

  23. To Pastor Frey and all of Val’s family: My prayers and sympathy are with you. May the healing presence of God give you comfort and peace.

  24. From all of us at Iowa FIRST LEGO League, we were so saddened to hear of Val’s passing. We are thinking of her family, her students and teams, her teaching colleagues and many friends, and sending our condolences. We will miss Val coaching, have appreciated her years of volunteering, and her passion for the program and giving students opportunities in STEM.

  25. Kevin- So sorry to hear about Val. I have many fond memories of you & Val in Denver. May God give you peace.

    Char Conway

  26. Kevin, Josh & Franny, Andy & Anora & Emma – our heartfelt condolences are being sent your way. Over the years we have enjoyed our visits with Val & your family. We know she was a very caring person & teacher – putting in many hours with the kids she taught. It takes a special person to do that & she was that person. She will be remembered by all that knew her, along with her dogs Cocoa & Oreo.. Laugh, cry & talk about the memories you have always & she’ll forever be in your hearts.

  27. Kevin, Josh, Andy, Emma and families, My sympathy to you all at this difficult time of loss. My Pastor shared in his sermon today about the immediate joy someone who has passed gets as they approach the gates of Heaven and is greeted by Jesus. I thought of Val and her journey. Hold onto the thought of her joy, even as you miss her physical presence in your lives. May your memories give you comfort and God’s promises bring you peace.

  28. Val was just an awesome person. With the new school season starting, we definitely feel her absence deeply, and miss her dearly. Prayers of peace to your family.
    Angie Meyer & family

  29. Frey Family, Thinking of you and keeping you in my thoughts and prayers as you face this time of loss of an important and amazing woman in your lives. Kirsten McCauley (Stilwell JHS)

  30. Kevin, Josh, Andy & Emma – Thinking of you today and in the days ahead. We were so sad to hear the news of Val. As with so many we feel so blessed to have known Val. She always had a smile and made everyone feel good around her. She was so proud of you kids and was always willing to tell a story or two about each of you. Treasure all your memories and share the many stories you have of her. With sympathy, Julie & David Larson

  31. So sad to hear of your loss! My heart aches for everyone in the family at this very difficult time. Val and your entire family has had an emotional and uplifting impact on our family and we are grateful for that. Our prayers and thoughts are with you. The Murley’s

  32. To PK & Family: Our deepest condolences to your family. What a joy Val was to the children of Denver as well as the youth at Trinity! She will be profoundly missed and lovingly remembered!
    Len, Melissa, Hayley & Michael Drewelow

  33. My sympathies to Val’s family. I went to high school with Val and have fond memories of our adventures together.

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