Ellen L. Hagerstrand Frey

Nov. 25, 1919 - Dec. 12, 2006

Ellen L. Hagerstrand Frey, 87, formerly of this area, died peacefully Tuesday, Dec. 12, 2006, at Nathan Adelson Hospice in Las Vegas, attended by family members. Born in Wayne, Ill., Ellen spent her childhood and early adult life in Waukesha and Pewaukee. She was a 1937 graduate of the Metropolitan High School in Waukesha, and was married to her high school sweetheart, Raymond E. Frey, in 1941.

As the wife of a career Air Force officer, Ellen traveled with her growing family to several U.S. postings, as well as to the Philippines, Puerto Rico and Germany. She was an active volunteer for numerous community and youth organizations, including hospitals, the Girl Scouts, parent-teacher associations and youth sports. Athletic all her life, she enjoyed golf and was an accomplished bowler. Music was an abiding interest; Ellen played guitar and piano and sang in choral groups through the years. Other interests included bridge, gardening, reading and crafts.

After raising her family, Ellen returned to school and subsequently was employed for many years as a medical assistant by Desert Orthopedic Clinic in Las Vegas. She was a 30-year resident of Las Vegas, where she and her husband enjoyed an active retirement. Ellen was preceded in death by her husband in 1984, retired U.S. Air Force Lt. Col. Raymond E. Frey.

Surviving are her children, Judith (Alex) Friedman of Fayettevile, N.Y., Sylvia (Paul) Cornell, Kathleen (Niels) Hansen, both of Las Vegas, and Raymond (Regina) Frey Jr. of Eugene, Ore.; a brother, Russell Hagerstrand of California; a half-brother, Milton (Marilyn) Hagerstrand of Waukesha; nine grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren. In addition to her husband, she was preceded in death by an infant son, Ronald, and three brothers.

Ellen was loved and cherished by her family and friends and will be greatly missed. Burial will be beside her husband at Riverside National Cemetery, California. A memorial celebration of her life will be held in January.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Nathan Adelson Hospice Foundation, 4141 Swenson St., Las Vegas, NV 89119.