OBITUARY

Gertrude Dearie Frekko

April 30, 1941February 15, 2021

Gertrude Dearie Frekko, beloved wife of Dr. Tibor Eugene Frekko, passed away unexpectedly on February 15, 2021. Truda, as she was known by her close friends and relatives, was born in Newark, NJ. She grew up in Mountain Lakes, NJ, graduating high school as president of her senior class, a member of the honor society, and homecoming queen. She graduated from Chestnut Hill College in Philadelphia where she studied to become a teacher. She taught for several years in New Jersey, California, and Virginia. It was in Washington, D.C. where she met Tibby, her devoted husband of more than fifty years.

Truda worked alongside Tibby to open the first family medical practice in Montgomery Village, MD. She was instrumental in supporting and growing the highly successful practice where she was a fixture at the office, coordinating patient care with incredible compassion, warmth, and positivity. Truda became heavily involved in her children’s education. Over the years, she served many important roles along with Tibby, including co-chair of the picnic committee at Norwood School, founding member of the Society of Families at Colgate University, and co-chair of the Williams College Parents Fund. Truda served on the Board of Trustees at Landon School. Truda and Tibby were also founding members of the Parents Council at Georgetown School of Medicine, where all three of their daughters attended Medical School.

Truda was keenly interested in helping others. She and Tibby established an endowed scholarship at Georgetown to provide financial aid for students in need to attend the Medical School. Another favorite charity was the St. Clare Girls’ Center in Nchiru, Kenya. Every summer at her beloved Rehoboth Beach house, Truda would gather her grandchildren and set up a street side lemonade stand with information on St. Clare. Pedestrians, bicyclists, and cars would stop to learn about this amazing Kenyan orphanage and make donations to support the cause. A cup of lemonade cost only 25 cents, but the average donation was much higher. Truda and Tibby would gather these donations every summer and send them on to St. Clare in Kenya along with stories and pictures of the Frekko family’s lemonade stand.

Truda had a unique way of connecting with people on a deeply personal level and making them feel like they were the most important person in her life. She was also known for penning heartfelt, hand-written letters that made the recipient feel reassured, special, and loved. A gifted artist and calligraphist, Truda created many treasured pieces of art that hang on the walls of her home and Frekko Primary Care where they serve as reminders of her talent, humor, and her special ability to connect with everyone. Truda’s family and friends will miss her dearly.

Truda is survived by her husband, Dr. Tibor Eugene Frekko of Darnestown, MD; five children and spouses, Matthew and Katherine Frekko, Kathleen and Christopher Farrell, Ann and Christopher Raffo, Mary and Nicholas Kilavos, and John and Kelly Frekko; fifteen adoring grandchildren; and three siblings, Maureen Husk, John Paul Dearie, Jr., and J. Lawrence Dearie. She was predeceased by her mother and father John and Anna Dearie and brother Christopher Farrell Dearie.

Due to health and travel restrictions, a private visitation, funeral Mass, and interment were planned and have occurred. A video recording of the funeral Mass is available here: https://youtu.be/_4SNxrpgwBw?t=656.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in memory of Truda to the Frekko Family Endowed Scholarship at Georgetown University School of Medicine: Gift Processing, Department Number 0734, Washington, DC 20073-0734, by calling Georgetown Gift Processing at 800-424-2795, or using the link https://give.georgetown.edu/som.

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Tibor Frekko

February 25, 2021

To those who have written memories, I send a special “thank you “ from all our family..
Tibor Frekko

Elizabeth Alzona

February 23, 2021

We were so saddened to hear about the passing of Mrs. Frekko. Our family (Hamelin) was one of the first patients of Dr. Frekko. On each visit, and with a smile on her face, Mrs. Frekko would always take a few minutes to say hello and welcome my mother (and us) - it was like visiting family. Mrs. Frekko was such a positive force on this earth and will be greatly missed. Wishing you strength and comfort through this most difficult time. With deepest sympathy and prayers, Augustus and Elizabeth (Hamelin) Alzona and Family, and the Hamelin Family.

Allison Butts Roulier

February 22, 2021

To the Frekko family,

I am so sorry to hear of the passing of Truda! She and my mother Ginnabeth Butts were such great friends for so long! I lost my mom in 2013, so I know very well that there are no words...You are all in my thoughts and prayers, and if there is anything that I can do to be of help or comfort during this difficult time, please let me know.

With love and prayers,
Allison Butts Roulier

Myriam Diatta

February 21, 2021

Truda was a lovely, and selfless person. I had the privilege of working for Dr Frekko and his beautiful daughters for almost four years. Throughout the wonderful years of working for Frekko Primary Care, Truda always made sure to check on me, ask about my son and made me feel very welcome. She treated me like family. She is a beautiful person inside out and I will miss her deeply. She will always have a special place in my heart.

Danny Troupos

February 21, 2021

I was very saddened to hear of Truda passing. I have be taken care of by the Frekko Family practice for more than 40 years. I would always looked forward to seeing Tibor and Truda on my office visits.
We always finished by talking about our children.

MAY HER MEMORY BE ETERNAL!!!!

Danny Troupos

Denise & Dennis Asher

February 20, 2021

We were very sad to hear about Truda's passing. We have many fond memories of time spent with Truda and Tibby while watching our sons play Lacrosse at Colgate. We will carry these memories with us. We are happy we had the opportunity to know Truda and Tibby. Truda was always friendly, kind, cheerful and positive. She always made you feel good. We will always remember her with joy. She was a very special lady. Our deepest sympathy to Tibby and all of the Frekko family

Chuck & Odette Farrell

February 20, 2021

Truda was a great woman. Always very sweet to us and our kids. Our deepest condolences.

Joyce Wichman, Ranck, Sherman

February 19, 2021

Truda was a dear high school friend and my neighbor during my 6 teenage years in Mountain Lakes. I've always looked forward to her Christmas card with a beautiful family photo with all those wonderful grandchildren. Heaven has gained another angel.
Sending caring thoughts and sympathy.
Joyce (Wichman) Ranck Sherman

Abraham Mbangowah

February 19, 2021

"Truda" was one of the kindest and most cheerful persons I have met. She would greet every one in the morning with that welcoming smile and would always ask to see recent photos of my children. Her energy and positivity was contagious and made me ready to do my best for all the patients at Frekko Primary Care. Truda really cared. It is difficult to accept that she is gone. I will always remember that smile.

Rest in peace. Till we meet again.

Lois Hudgens Henderson

February 19, 2021

Blessed are they who mourn for they shall be comforted My deepest thoughts and prayers with you all during this time of sadness and sudden loss of your loved one. May God give you strength as Dave and I pray your tears will soon turn to Beautiful memories of her beautiful life and the time God allowed to share Mrs Gertrude. Be Blessed Love you Dr Frekko

FROM THE FAMILY