Ret. Col. Arthur A. Frey

Ret. Col. Arthur A. Frey, 90, Hollidaysburg, passed away Friday at Altoona Regional. He was born Brooklyn, N.Y., son of Anthony and Florence (Klein) Frey.

Surviving are three daughters: Carol Ann Clarke and husband, Michael, of Glendale, N.Y., Kathleen Hickey and husband, John, of Levittown, N.Y., and Jackie Long and husband, Sam, of Hollidaysburg; nine grandchildren: Brian Clarke, Shawn (Joanne) Clarke, Daniel Clarke, Caren (Keith) Wecera, Christine (Kash) Patel, Kathleen (Mike) Wildeman, Russell John Frey Long, Stefan T. (Leslie) Long and Brandon M. Long; 10 great-grandchildren: Brittni Willyoung, Deven Long, Aidan Clarke, Justin Clarke, Melania Clarke, Derrick Clarke, Kiera Patel, Hollie Patel, Mason Wecera and Mikey Wildeman; and a sister, Bobbi Gross of Lake Ronkonkoma, N.Y.

He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Frances; a grandson, Michael Joseph Clarke; and a sister, Mildred.

Arthur served proudly in WW II and continued his career until retiring with the rank of colonel in 1971. Upon retirement, he and Frances moved to Lake Horace, N.H., where many wonderful years were spent entertaining grandchildren and creating the best childhood memories for them in their cottage on the lake. They finally came to Hollidaysburg in 2002. Arthur held a deep loving devotion to his wife, Frances, whom he called his “Diamond” and his heart was broken after her death in April of this year. He never wanted to have an anniversary without her and left this earth to be with her on their “71st” anniversary to spend it with her in heaven. Theirs was a true love story.

Friends will be received from 4 to 6 p.m. today, June 16, 2013, at Sorge Funeral Home Inc., Hollidaysburg. A funeral Mass will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Monday, June 17, 2013, at St. Michael’s Church, Hollidaysburg. Interment will be at Arlington National Cemetery. Arrangements are by Moriconi Funeral Home Inc., Northern Cambria.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105.