OBITUARY

Alena Eftihia Frey

February 24, 1997June 19, 2020

Alena Eftihia Frey, age 23, of Tampa, Florida, left the world too early on June 19th, 2020. Alena's extraordinary journey began on February 24th, 1997. She was born to parents Sophia Sorolis and Carlos Frey, and was under the doting watch of her big sister Kyra Frey. Alena was fortunate to receive a heart transplant in infancy and kidney transplant as a teenager, which enabled her to live the life she desired, and we thank those donors.

After graduating Plant High School in 2015, Alena received her Bachelor's in Public Health from the University of South Florida. She was a member and leader in college associations including the USF Public Health Student Association, GloBull Ambassadors, and was an enthusiastic sister at Sigma Delta Tau sorority. She also received the USF Stampede of Service award. She had the opportunity to study abroad in London and make memories in many other exciting places.

Alena was on track to receive her Master's in Health Science degree from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. While there, she was a kidney advocacy committee member with the National Kidney Foundation, where she met with federal and state elected officials to promote legislation in support of kidney disease and organ donation.

Alena understood that her life was a gift, and every day she embraced new and wondrous experiences. Alena will be cherished by her loving parents, Sophia and Carlos; sister, Kyra; extended family including aunts, uncles, and cousins; her godparents, the Xenick family; and many friends.

Visitation will be held on Sunday, June 28, 3 to 5 p.m. at Blount and Curry Funeral Home, 605 S. MacDill Avenue, Tampa. A funeral service will be held on Monday, June 29 at noon at St. John the Baptist Greek Orthodox Church, 2418 W. Swann Ave, Tampa. Interment will follow at 3:00 p.m. at Sylvan Abbey Memorial Park. In lieu of flowers, gifts to the Alena Eftihia Frey Memorial Scholarship in Public Health may be made payable to the USF Foundation c/o the Office of Donor Relations, ALC100, 4202 E. Fowler Avenue, Tampa, FL 33620, Attn: Beth Corbin or online at https://usf.to/alenafreyscholarship

  • FAMILY

  • Alena will be cherished by her loving parents, Sophia and Carlos; sister, Kyra; extended family including aunts, uncles, and cousins; her godparents, the Xenick family; and many friends.

Services

  • Visitation

    Sunday, June 28, 2020

  • Funeral Service

    Monday, June 29, 2020

  • Committal Service

    Monday, June 29, 2020

Memories

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Danielle German

July 2, 2020

Alena was an extremely special person. I'm so grateful to have known her as one of her program directors in the Johns Hopkins MHS program. Sending warm thoughts and condolences to her family.

Leah Nanni

June 29, 2020

Carlos, Sophia, and Kyra,

My family and I send our deepest condolences and prayers to you as you bid your precious Alena farewell for now. I feel so incredibly blessed that I had the opportunity to work with Alena during her high school years, and I will forever cherish the loving friendship we maintained. As you all know, Alena was an incredibly special person who will be sorely missed. I pray that God will cover you in a blanket of peace as you navigate this new life without her. May her spirit visit you often, and may her memory continue to provide joy and light to you and all those who love her.

In peace and with love,
Leah Nanni

Carie Herrera

June 29, 2020

Dear Sophia & Family -

We are sending you warm embraces and keeping you in our prayers. We were so heartbroken to hear about Alena. She was such a sweet childhood friend to Emalee. We enjoyed reading about her impressive accomplishments. Although gone too soon, she seems to have touched so many lives. She was precious. You all hold a special place in our hearts and we wish you peace and comfort.
God Bless you all,
The Herrera Family

Sarah Callahan

June 28, 2020

Alena was my friend, mentor, and the Obama to my Joe Biden. She inspired me to get more involved in public health and encouraged me throughout all my endeavors. I always admired how she was so selfless and always put others first and without her, I would not be here where I am today. I will never forget the times we spent together in San Diego for the APHA conference, the fun late night meetings, the many volunteer events, and so much more. I miss her dearly and miss working with her. I will never forget the positive impact she made on my life. Sending much love and peace

Peggy Bradshaw

June 28, 2020

Dear Sophia, Carlos and Kyra,
Words can never express our sympathy and condolences for the loss of your precious and beautiful Alina. Our hearts are so saddened by her loss. But we will keep you in our prayers always and we will remember the light Alina brought into this world. May her Memory be Eternal!
With Love,
Peggy and Harold Bradshaw and Nicholas Patides

Frank ad Luisa Cisneros

June 28, 2020

Dear Sophia, Carlos, Kyra, and family:

Please forgive us for not attending services due to health concerns.
Although I met Alena briefly, she struck me as a sweet, warm, friendly young lady.
May God, in his mercy give you strength at this difficult time and may he bless you always.
Frank joins me in sending our deepest sympathy.
Love,
Luisa Cisneros

Diana Savas

June 28, 2020

Dearest Sophia, Carlos, and Kyra,
In honor and memory of your bright, shining star, Alena,
sending you all our love.
With you in spirit,
Diana Savas and the Savas family.

Carroll Rothenberg

June 28, 2020

Dear Carlos, Mostly lifelong classmates at Christ The King & Tampa Catholic High School and on behalf of all alumni I/we extend our very deepest sympathies during this "MOST TRYING TIME" for you as Alena's daddy..Sophia her mother & your other gift big sister Kyra. I am extraordinarily saddened since I received word from Ron Thuemler your bff since Sophomore year at T.C. within hours of her passing. Know that she is in paradise where she continues to brighten the world & beyond with her radiance & passions. She will forever be next to each of you & you will feel her presence and her arms wrapped around you sharing her love, strength, comfort & appreciation for the same you provided for her. You conceived a remarkable child of God, A GIFT that shall remain with you and your extended family & friends forever. Your daughther & sister reached heights some will ever experience. She shall remain a shining light that will forever GLOW.! May our Most Holy Mother Mary forever be at your sides and may Perpetual light shine upon her for eternity. Your friend Carroll DeGuenther-Rothenberg. 🙏

Andrea James

June 26, 2020

Sophia, Carlos and Kyra...

I am sure God welcomed Alena with opened arms......of course after Effie welcomed her!

God bless her soul and God bless all of you who loved her so very much.

Andrea and Paul James

Lauren Richard

June 25, 2020

I didn’t know Alena as well as some of my other sisters did, but Alena was always very kind to me. She was someone who lit up a room and loved to have a good time. She was so much fun (especially at formals and The Study) and really just an authentic, good person. It makes me so sad that someone so young, and loved by so many, had her life cut so short. But from everything I’ve seen sisters share about Alena, she lived her life to the fullest and was always there for others. I am glad to have known Alena and I know the impact she made on everyone she knew, will be everlasting. Rest in paradise sister💙💛