Joanie Frey

September 12, 1941April 8, 2013

JOAN FREY OBITUARY Joanie D. Frey, 72, of Leawood died at her home Monday, April 8 following a long battle with cancer. She was born in Kansas City, MO, September 12, 1941, daughter of Dr. Mark and Pauline Heller, who preceded her in death. She is survived by her husband of 33 years, William Frey, and a brother, John Heller, of California.

She graduated from the Barstow School in 1959 and later attended the University of Oklahoma. A realtor by trade and a top producer for J D Reece and later Reece Nichols for over 30 years where she led the company in sales in 1989, Mrs. Frey is best known for her work with the Kansas City Royals and Kansas City Chiefs and her long association with the teams’ players and families.

Mrs. Frey began her professional career working at Menorah Medical Center and later assumed responsibilities in the promotions department of the Kansas City Chiefs in 1972 and in public relations for the Royals in 1974. A child prodigy on the piano, she became for a time the organist for Royals’ home games during the early 1980s. She is perhaps best known for her work as George Brett’s personal assistant, a post she held from the first days the future Hall of Fame player came to Kansas City in 1973. In that role, she handled the young Brett’s bills, coordinated his appearances and later became God parent to he and wife Leslie’s first born son, Jackson.

“All my playing days were made easier because of Joanie,” Brett said following news of her death. “She handled all things important and not important for me. She became part of my family and like a second mom to me.”

Indeed, Mrs. Frey became part of many players’ families over her lifetime, searching for living accommodations and schools as players and their families arrived in Kansas City. Among her closest friends were the families of Royals Hall of Fame players Bret Saberhagen and Mark Gubicza. She did likewise for Chiefs players where she developed close relationships with Ed Podolak, Marty and Pat Schottenheimer and Donnie and Kathryn Edwards among others. Friends will be received at a celebration of her life at a gathering at Mission Hills Country Club on Friday, April 19 will start at 4:00 PM.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made in her name to Kansas City Hospice and Palliative Care, 9221 Ward Parkway, Suite 100, Kansas City, MO 64114.

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  • Celebration of Life Friday, April 19, 2013

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September 18, 2013

Having known Joanie in the mid-70s in Kansas City, but having moved around a bit since then, I was deeply saddened when informed of her passing just this week. Joanie was someone who was completely & totally driven in the quest to help others, and I am just so personally disappointed we had not kept in better touch. God bless this wonderful person.

Doug Kelly [Sacramento, CA]

May 5, 2013

Joanie, You were always so full of life!! Whenever we met through social or selling each other's listings, you were always so full of life, full of POSITIVE energy. You radiated happiness and joy. You were a pro and a pure pleasure to work with. My prayers are with your friends and family. You will be missed. Chuck Jansen

Shelia Hampton

April 30, 2013

Dear Sweet Joanie,
I am so sad you are gone and that I just found out make me terribly sad.
You gave me my first BIG listing of a Royals player in Lee's Summit Missouri
I had never had a listing over $300K and this was over $500K. I was in heaven. You have always been so very special. People say they want to be like someone...well you are my someone!

April 20, 2013

Dear Bill,

You and Joanie are two of the nicest people I ever met through real estate or otherwise. I will never forget when our daughter, Lauren was so sick and was confined to a hospital bed in our home. You and Joanie brought over a portable piano at Christmas time and Joanie played beautiful music for our family and friends. It made Lauren so happy and brought joy to our family when everything seemed so fragile in so many other ways. That is a memory that we will never forget.

Joanie, had many talents but I think her greatest talent was her beautiful heart and how she offered it to anyone. She made a person feel so special by her attentiveness and her ability to recall details about you or your loved ones any time you saw her. That always amazed me! There are people in this world that you can't imagine the world going on without. Joanie is one of them.

Our prayers are with you, Bill.

With much love,

Debbye, Bob, Lauren and Morgan

April 18, 2013

Joannie was the best. I still see her flying through Bess's office on ward parkway and then on. Friendly and helpful always. Sorry to lose her bu it is good to know that she is at peace.
By best to all her family especially her very nice husband.


Edie Jo Scavuzzo Realtor

Sherry Bonomo

April 18, 2013

So sorry to hear, thoughts and prayers to her family and friends.

Anita Chaplick

April 18, 2013

Dear Joanie, I still cannot believe you are no longer here. You had a presence larger than life and were just the best person. Every time we saw each other was fun - you were truly a ray of sunshine. Your piano playing was a sight to behold. Rest in peace dear friend - you will be missed and cannot be replaced.

Candace Sloop

April 18, 2013

I met Joanie years ago when she sold one of my listings. She was such a wonderful person to deal with and what an inspiration to us all! Joanie was FIRST CLASS all the way! Such a WONDERFUL Lady!

April 17, 2013

God bless you Joanie, you were a very special lady to all of us, Sandie Lopez

April 17, 2013

I was so sad to hear of Joannie's passing. She was one of the most interesting people I have ever met. Her heart was always full of kindness and she had a real zest for life! It was an honor and a privilege to have known her. She will be greatly missed by everyone in the real estate community and beyond.
God Bless,
Brenda Sanders
Leawood, KS