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Barbara M. Frese
Resident of Los Gatos
Beloved Barbara M. Frese passed away in San Francisco on December 21, 2018. She was 90 years young, having lived the length and the width of her years fully. Born in San Diego, Barbara Stone was a hairstylist before marrying pilot Robert Frese in 1951.Together they began a life of compassion and adventure, welcoming first son Paul and then daughter Beverly. In the 1960s, Barbara and Bob ran a home for disabled children in San Diego. Thereafter, they purchased a 100 ft teak and mahogany sailing vessel (the Vanda) and ran a charter tour business based out of the island of Bequia. Crisscrossing the Caribbean on the Vanda, Barbara was credited for saving the ship's passengers and crew in 1983 by throwing food to protesters trying to commandeer the vessel during the power struggle in Grenada.
In the late 1980s, Barbara and Bob left the Caribbean and traveled North America for years in a motor home until Bob's passing. Barbara then made her home in Los Gatos with Beverly, and pursued her lifelong passion for art. She had showings of her paintings at the Triton Museum of Santa Clara, and at Arden Wood in San Francisco. Her commissioned works are part of private collections.
Barbara served on the Los Gatos Art Association as Gallery Chair, and as Gallery Liaison. Panels of her skyscapes can be viewed at the carousel in Oak Meadow Park. In the late 1990s, Barbara divided up the panels of the walking bridge near the Los Gatos History Museum, and aided children in painting the bridge. For years, she singlehandedly maintained the children's art. In 2003, Barbara climbed scaffolding under the Main Street Bridge and worked for months with other volunteers in painting the massive mural of the Ohlone Village.
In 2007, Barbara moved to San Francisco where she became active as Sunday School Superintendent for the children at the Ninth Church of Christ Scientist. She also served as a weekly volunteer with the Prayer at the Gate Program – an interfaith support system for families visiting inmates at the San Francisco Jail. Barbara was adored by the visiting children for her sunny personality and coloring books. In San Francisco, Barbara enjoyed teaching art, and adventures with Arden Wood friends.
Barbara was predeceased by her parents, Sanford and Verina Stone; her husband, Robert Frese; son and daughter Paul and Beverly; and sister Lois. She leaves behind beloved cousins Melvin Behnke and his wife Peggy; Melissa Behnke and her husband David Cheezem; Steve Behnke; Dan Behnke; Jean Marshall ; and her adopted family Lisa Mammel, Christopher Potter, Cole Potter and Enza Potter. Information on a memorial may be obtained at [email protected]


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Published in Los Gatos Weekly Times Obits on Jan. 11, 2019
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