Joan Kaler Frey, 84, of Beardstown, passed away Aug. 24, at Heritage Health in Beardstown.
Joan Elizabeth Kaler was born Feb. 19, 1933 in Rantoul, the daughter of John S. Kaler and Edna Head Kaler. Joan was a 1951 graduate of Rantoul Township High School. After graduation, she went to work at Chanute Air Force Base in Rantoul, where she met her Husband, Robert (Bob) W. Frey. Joan and Bob were married in Rantoul at St. Malachy’s Catholic Church on May 28, 1955. Bob preceded her in death on March 5, 2004.
Joan was a proud Air Force wife and mother of five children. After Bob retired from the Air Force in 1965, the Frey Family moved to Bob’s hometown, Beardstown. Once all her children were in school, Joan began working at McClure, McClure, and Brannan Law Office as a bookkeeper and legal secretary. Joan retired from the law office in 1997.
Joan was a member of St. Alexius Catholic Church. She was a devoted Christian, wife, mother, grandmother, and friend. Joan enjoyed playing bridge, gardening, and collecting Hummel figurines. She especially loved reading and spending time with her grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Joan was also preceded in death by her parents, a brother, Jack, and sister-in-law, Lois Kaler.
She is survived by one son: Bill (Tammie) Frey of Lincoln, Calif.; four daughters: Barbara Frey of Springfield, Lori (David) Novak of Springfield, Melanie (Bruce) McElfresh of Brookfield, Mo., and Megan (Marty) Turner of Beardstown; 12 grandchildren: Cory (Caleb) Howard, Whitney (Jared) Stadtman, Kaley (Ben) Vasquez, Mackenzie (Ryan) Milat, Dustin (Mattie) Looker, Tyler (Carolina) Looker, Kaleb Schroll, Tara McElfresh, Tess (Blake Miller) McElfresh, Adam (Misty) Paul, Allix (Erik Reich) Turner, and Brian (Tiffany) Turner; 15 great-grandchildren: Brayden, Graeson, Peyton, Annabelle, Warrior, Legend, Pierson, Liam, Austin, Jackson, Kaler, Rocky, Rose, Hailey, and Mason; two nephews: Chris Kaler and Patrick Kaler; and two nieces: Jacqueline Cannon and Kathy Kaler.
In accordance with Joan’s wishes, she donated her body for scientific study. A memorial mass will be held 6 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 31, at St. Alexius Catholic Church in Beardstown. Private burial will be held at a later date. Family will meet with friends prior to services at Schultz Hall - St. Alexius from 4:30 to 6 p.m. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Cass-Schuyler Area Hospice or The Beardstown Harbor Project. Condolences may be sent to the family online at www.sagerfuneralhome.com. Sager Funeral Home in Beardstown is in charge of the arrangements.