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Maxine C. Frey


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Maxine C. Frey Obituary
Maxine Carla Frey, 73, of Penn Hills, died Sunday, Nov. 25, 2018, in UPMC Heritage Place. She was born Feb. 27, 1945, a daughter of Paul Edward Frey and Helen Ferguson Edge Frey Clawson. Maxine was a graduate of Wilkinsburg High School. While in high school, she participated in track and field. After graduation, Maxine continued her education at the University of Wisconsin Superior, pursuing a degree in education. While in school, Maxine worked and lived with 10 emotionally disturbed girls as a child-care worker. This would later influence her decision to enter social work. After her college graduation, Maxine substituted at schools in the Pittsburgh area, eventually accepting a position as an English teacher with Swissvale School District. Max would later go on to pursue her dream and graduate from the University of Pittsburgh with her master's degree in social work, majoring in health/mental cluster and specializing in gerontology. Aunt Max received honors at the annual Honors Convocation at Carnegie Music Hall in Pittsburgh for having been awarded the Geriatric Mental Health Training Scholarship from the National Institute of Mental Health in recognition of outstanding scholastic achievement and noteworthy contributions in the Graduate School of Social Work at the University of Pittsburgh. This gave her the opportunity to be a co-facilitator of a group of de-institutionalized mentally ill patients who were being mainstreamed into society. She was a co-editor of a mental health geriatric case-textbook that was being written by University of Pittsburgh gerontology and social worker professors. After graduation, Max would accept a position with Shadyside Hospital as a social worker. Shortly thereafter, Max was diagnosed with Dukes C colon cancer. Max was diagnosed with Muir-Torre syndrome, a cancer of Lynch syndrome. She fought hard for more than 37 years with several other cancers and was the strongest person I've ever known. Throughout her life, Max loved to run until one of her doctors told her about biking. She would go on to purchase her bike and ride throughout Allegheny County and the Pittsburgh area and on the Rails to Trails in Pittsburgh. Max rode three days a week in the summer and five to seven days in the fall, about 8 to 13 miles a day. After a major bicycle accident, she was told to not bike anymore due to severe osteoporosis from her cancer treatments. Max loved cats and adopted many cats and a dog throughout her life. She often watched neighbors' pets when they were away or at work. Raised in the Presbyterian Church, Max would eventually become a deacon in the church. In addition to her parents, Max was predeceased by her brother, Paul "Gene" Frey; brother, Henry Frey and his wife Carole; brother-in-law, Harvey Goldstein; and nephew, Paul Goldstein. Max is survived by her sister, Paula Goldstein, of Mt. Lebanon; sister-in-law, Joyce Frey; niece, Denise and Jim Marts, of Greensburg, and their sons, Anthony and Mariah Banks and children Asher and Brielle, of Irwin and Weston, and Leah Banks, of Rostraver; nephew, Mark and Peggy Frey, of Pinedale, Wyo.; niece, Stacey and Chris Carson, of Whitmore Lake, Mich., and children Alaina and Hattie Carson; her former husband of 20 years, Edward Shippos; friend, Pat Kennedy and family; many cousins and friends; and her best friend, her cat Oreo. Special thanks to all of the friends, family, neighbors, doctors, nurses and aides who had cared for Max in one way or another during the last 37 years. A heartfelt thank you to many special aides and nurses at UPMC Heritage Place who truly cared for her this last year and never complained when I asked for another chocolate ice cream, a glass of ice or to help reposition her because she just wasn't comfortable. In memory of Max, the family requests that donations be sent to the Paul Gene Frey Memorial Fund at Commercial National Bank, 867 Georges Station Road, Greensburg, PA 15601. The fund was set up when Gene died to assist with the purchase of athletic shoes for disadvantaged high school track-and-field and cross-country athletes. The family had little income because of my grandfather's electrocution accident that occurred while working at Westinghouse. Consequently, my dad had to run track in his hard-soled church shoes when the school ran out of track shoes. For more information on Lynch syndrome, please visit https://lynchcancers.com.
A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 12 at Calvary Baptist Church, with Pastor Mark Shaffer presiding, 101 Caruthers Lane, Irwin, PA 15642. Interment will be private. Thomas M. Smith Funeral Home and Crematory Ltd. in Pittsburgh was entrusted with arrangements.
Published in Greensburg Tribune Review from Jan. 10 to Jan. 11, 2019
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