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Norma (Lagnese) Frey

November 03, 1924 - December 16, 2022


Obituary For Norma (Lagnese) Frey

Norma Frey (nee Lagnese) passed away peacefully at the age of 98 on December 16, 2022 at Juniper Village. She is preceded in death by her beloved husband, William Frey, Sr. (Billy), her parents, Tom and Maria Lagnese, and her siblings, Rose, Mike, Joe, Mary, and Eddie. She loved being a wife and mother; she and Billy had two dear children, Mary Kay (Bruce Connelly) and Bill (Barb). She spent as much time as possible with her 3 granddaughters, Jennifer (Jake) Zvanut, Lisa Henry (Damien Feiklowicz), and Lauren (Chris) Zappa and her 6 great grandchildren, Emma, Olivia, Liam, Ella, Luca, and Leo. She very much loved her godchildren, Norma, Kylie and Craig. Her family was her pride and joy from Sunday dinners to reunions to many· holiday parties to helping her grandchildren move.

Next to spending time with family, she and Billy enjoyed spending time with their childhood friends: the "Club Girls" and their families; their neighbors from their longtime home on Mayville Avenue, Brookline and later in Canongate, and of course, her parishioner friends from Our Lady of Loreto. She was a founding member of Our Lady of Loreto, a Eucharistic Minister, President of the Women's Guild and an Alley Cat in the church variety show.

Norma was all about giving to others, from her specialty food - "THE best Tollhouse chocolate chip cookies", to her prayers as she was the "go to" person for those in need, to wonderful conversations, to her stories of the past, and to giving rides, well at least in volunteering Billy for rides: "Oh, Billy will take you!"

Her family would like to thank all of the caring people that assisted her at Canongate and Juniper Village and the care she received from Monarch Hospice. She will always be remembered in our hearts and will remind us to be kind to one another, spend time with those we love, and to "drive carefully" as Billy and Norma always said.

Friends will be received at the John F. Slater Funeral Home, Inc., 412-881-4100, 4201 Brownsville Road, Brentwood 15227, Thursday, December 22, 2022, 2:00 pm - 8:00 pm. Funeral Prayer on Friday morning at 9:00 am. Mass of Christian Burial in St. Teresa of Kolkata Parish at St. Pius X Church in Brookeline at 10:00 am. If desired, family suggests contributions to Angel's Place, Inc., 2538 Woodstock Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15218 or St. Teresa of Kolkata Parish, 1810 Belasco Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15216.

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  • December 27, 2022

    Bill and Mary Kay and family, Your Mother was a special neighbor. My sincere condolences, Paul Rhing

  • December 25, 2022

    My sympathy I lived on Dunster St my father Henry Phillips was very good friends with the family, i think he was in the service with Bill. We used to visit during Christmas and i was the mailman for the Lagnese family on Morton St.

  • December 23, 2022

    I got to know Norma when she moved into where I worked, at Juniper Village! Her room was right next to my desk. Norma was a wonderful and very funny lady! We shared many stories together and funny times, something I will never forget! If I was having a bad day I'd go into see her because I knew she would be able to turn my day into a much better day just by how she was and how funny she was! She looked very much and acted very much of my late grandmother who passed back last December right after Christmas. Norma and I shared a special bond while she was here at Juniper and I am greatful I had the opportunity to meet and get to know her! I'll always remember her tell me that "we have to go home" " "it's time to go home." RIP Norm! - Joe Front Desk Concierge at Juniper Village- Monroeville!

  • December 22, 2022

    Sending our deepest sympathies to your family. Your mother, grandmother, and great grandmother will always will be with you as long as you share your memories. Memories will also offer comfort in the sad time. Richard and Brenda Caugherty

  • December 21, 2022

    Mimi and Bill - to you and your families-our prayers and thoughts are on you. Sorry we could not come to Pittsburgh for funeral. Your mom always made everyone feel so welcomed and special.

  • December 20, 2022

    Our Aunt Norma was as sweet and loving that a person could be. She was always there to lift you up. We loved going to her home every Sunday evening for family gatherings and Christmas eves. My Aunt is truly in Heaven where Jesus is welcoming her as a good and faithful servant. We love you Aunt Norma and we will truly miss your bright light here on earth. . . until we meet again in heaven. Love and Miss you, Tom & Kay Lagnese and Family

  • December 19, 2022

    Norma always called me her, "Angel" & to me she was the one who was the real "Angel" I'll always remember her Club Girl stories, her strength, taking one day at a time wishing she could make it to a family member's wedding, a special occasion. She brought joy and, a new friendship in my life. She lived a long beautiful life & I will always pray 🙏🏼 for her & her beautiful family. Mimi, Bill, Bruce, grandchildren the entire family you're in my prayers and sending my condolences and love ❤️ Marla

  • December 19, 2022

    So sorry for your loss, was always a smile on her face and looked forward to talking with her.

  • December 19, 2022

    I loved working bingo at Loretto with Norma. She wad a joy. RNP Love . .Mary Manfredo