Johnson Funeral Home

2685 Henderson Dr, Jacksonville, NC


Janet Frey

September 5, 1942October 18, 2019

Janet Gay Frey (nee Buske) was a lot of things: a stay-at-home mother, realtor, college graduate, gallery owner, and wonderful wife. She passed away on Friday, October 18, 2019. Her family was with her at the final home she created for them in New Bern, NC. Born on September 5, 1942 in Watertown, Wisconsin to Florence and Ewald Buske. Her father taught her to "always look around one more corner” which became our family motto. She grew up in the Watertown community that she loved, among cousins, uncles, and aunts and many friends that loved her dearly. She went on to college at UW Whitewater, then on to UW-Madison, where she met Danny Frey. Introduced by friends, she was wary at first, but just 2 years later, married Daniel Reed Frey in 1964, alongside the mighty Rock River in Watertown. (Married for 55 years!)

What a journey they had, starting in Northern Minnesota, then on to Caterpillar in Peoria, Illinois then Geneva, Switzerland, Salisbury, Rhodesia, Johannesburg, South Africa, Paris, France and back to Peoria, Illinois. Son Peter was born in Peoria, IL and daughter Sarah was born in Paris, France. Peter (Amanda Triplett) live in New Bern, and Sarah (Don Howe) live in St.Petersburg, FL.

Sarah and Peter grew up in Kansas City area, after which Jan and Dan moved to Columbus, OH, Milwaukee, WI, and finally Savannah, GA after they retired. The journey continued with Jan starting and owning art galleries with both art and artful objects (janfrey gallery) in Columbus, Milwaukee, Sheboygan, Apalachicola, and Savannah. After retiring to Savannah, they continued their journey to Apalachicola, Ybor City, Passe-A-Grille, Fl, before settling in New Bern 5 years ago.

Jan always had a talent for recognizing and enjoying emerging artists, and created artful homes at every stop on their journeys.

Janet Gay Frey was a strong and independent woman who loved raising 2 great kids, supporting her husband's career, and was very successful in her own career. Her son-in-law reflected on his 1st meeting with Jan: She was standing on the front porch with “a candelabra in one hand, and a glass of champagne in the other hand”. She was one of a kind, and always will be remembered with love and laughter.

There will be a private memorial service at a later date.


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Cathy Winkler

November 2, 2019

Pete, not sure we ever met your mother but did enjoy sharing our Badger heritage.

Marge Avery

October 20, 2019

Jan and Dan moved to New Bern a few years ago and I first met them at church. They had ridden their bikes there and that caught my eye. We would see each other at the Y and also at church dinners etc. Dan played pickleball with our group sometimes. I could tell right away they were a fun loving couple. Today I learned of Jan's death and my heart goes out to the family.

Sandi Hughes

October 20, 2019

There are so many happy memories with Jan and Dan when they moved into our neighborhood on Rosewood Lane, Prairie Village Ks. Kids played together. Sarah and Peter were 2 and 5. Many nights of red wine, laughter and great conversations
Years later I lost track of the two but managed to connect within the last 2 years, and shocked to find out they had spent a lot of time in San Francisco, where I live. Didn't get to see her but had a wonderful conversation. Never had forgotten the special friend, and am so sad at her loss.

Laura McGovern

October 20, 2019

Jan was an incredible woman. Intelligent, creative, witty and loving. She always loved to talk about her children and how proud and honored she was to be their mother. She was so proud of the brewery and told me many times that her daughter was the best real estate agent in the world!
Dan and Jan’s home is cheerful, bright, happy, a place you felt at home. One of the last times I saw Jan I came to their home to give her a haircut. She and Pete showed me the pictures they drew together that morning, she was so proud of them. We listened to music, a playlist Pete created with each song about hair. We played with the cats, as I’m a fellow cat lover, and they told me the story of their cat named Birthday Girl. Jan always shared wonderful stories of travels and adventures and inspired me to not take life too seriously and to remember to have fun, laugh and embrace your own personal spirit.
My heart aches for the Frey family, and I hope they find peace and comfort through beautiful memories of their mom and wife.
Peace be with you.