|Brother Bernard Frey, O.F.M. Cap.
The Capuchin Franciscan Friars of the Province of St. Mary mourn the death of their Brother Bernard Frey, O.F.M. Cap., who died on December 29, 2007, at St. Lawrence Infirmary, Beacon, NY. He was 92.
Walter Francis Frey was born March 9, 1915 in Yonkers, the son of Otto and Julia Blaisewitz Frey. He was baptized March 25, 1915 in the Church of St. Joseph, Yonkers. Walter attended St. Casimir Elementary School, Yonkers, from 1921 to 1929. He attended the Capuchin High School in Garrison, graduating in 1934.
He was invested as a brother novice in Huntington, IN and received the name “Bernard” when he professed vows on August 28, 1939. He remained at St. Felix, serving as a tailor and assistant cook until July 1942. Brother Bernard was then assigned to St. Anthony Friary in Marathon, WI as a cook and pronounced his solemn vows on Aug. 27, 1942.
For the next twenty-eight years Brother Bernard faithfully served the friars as a cook: St. Felix, Huntington, IN 1943-1945; Our Lady Queen of Angels, New York City, 1945-1947; St. Anthony, Marathon, WI, 1947-1948, where he also served as tailor and porter; St. Joseph, Appleton, WI, 1948-1949; Mary Immaculate Friary, Garrison, NY, 1949-1952; St. Fidelis Friary, Interlaken, NJ, 14 Jun to 14 July 1952; St. Lawrence Friary, Milton, MA, 1952-1953; Our Lady of Sorrows, New York City, 1953-1965, where he also ministered as sacristan and porter; and St. Francis Friary, Springfield, MA, 1965-1970.
In 1961, Br. Bernard began a correspondence course at the National Radio Institute in Washington, DC, receiving a diploma in 1963. He became a licensed Radio Operator with the call letters WA1-FKE. For many years, his faithful dedication as a radio operator was our only contact with our missionaries in the Central American regions.
In 1970, Br. Bernard became a promoter of vocations. His affable personality and attentiveness to youth proved to be an asset to our vocation office where he ministered for the next seven years. During this time, he resided at St. Lawrence Friary, Milton, MA 1970-1971; St. Francis Friary, Providence, RI, 1971-1972; and Mary Immaculate Friary, Garrison, NY 1972 -1977. Even at the age of 60, our brother Bernard ministered in the Marriage Encounter Movement, Engaged Encounter, Renew Program, as well as a spiritual assistant to several secular Franciscan Fraternities in the New York area, where he was blessed with hundreds of lifelong friendships.
From 1977-1989, Br. Bernard ministered in a variety of areas: St. John’s, New York City, as sacristan (1977); Our Lady of Sorrows, New York City parochial staff (1977); St. Fidelis, Interlaken, NY (1977-78), Mary Immaculate, Garrison, as cook (1978-81); Trinity Retreat, Larchmont, NY (1981-87); and St. Francis, Garrison (1987-89).
In 1989, Br. Bernard joined our senior community in Yonkers, NY, where he remained active until 2002. Several heath-related issues forced him to full retirement to St. Lawrence Infirmary, Beacon, where he peacefully died on Saturday, December 29, 2007.
A wake will be held at the St. Lawrence Infirmary Chapel, 180 Sargent Avenue, Beacon, on Tuesday, January 1, 2008, from 4 to 8 p.m.
A wake will be held at Saint Clare Friary, 110 Shonnard Place, Yonkers, on Wednesday, January 2, 2008, from 2 to 4 p.m. and 7 to 9 p.m.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered on Thursday, January 3, 2008, at 11:00 a.m. at the Church of the Sacred Heart, 110 Shonnard Place, Yonkers.
Burial will follow in Sacred Heart Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, kindly offer your prayers and donations to the continued support of our missionaries in Central America, Japan, and the Marianas Islands to The Capuchin Mission and Development Office, Attn Fr. Francis Gasparik, 210 W. 31st Street, New York, New York 10001-2876.
Local funeral arrangements under the direction of Halvey Funeral Home, Inc., 24 Willow Street, Beacon. To send a personal condolence, please visit www.halveyfh.com.