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Mary Frese

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Mary Frese age 61, of New Hampton, Iowa died Wednesday December 13, 2017 at her home with her family, watching "How The Grinch Stole Christmas". Funeral Services will be held 1:30 p.m. Saturday, December 16, 2017 at Holy Family Catholic Church in New Hampton, with Pastor Corey Orr of Prairie Lakes Church, officiating. Interment will be in the New Hampton City Cemetery with Dominic Frese, Colin Frese, Tyson Green, Adam Zeien, Seth Utterback and Brady Hughes serving as pallbearers. Friends may greet the family 3:00 - 8:00 p.m. Friday December 15, 2017 at the Hugeback Johnson Funeral Home in New Hampton. Further visitation will be one hour prior to the service Saturday at the church. If desired memorials may be directed to the Mary Frese Memorial Scholarship Fund. Mary Catherine Frese was born September 24, 1956, in Algona, IA, the daughter of Lando J. and Agnes P. (Haus) Mishak. Her education began at St. Cecelia Catholic School in Algona and when the Mishak family moved to New Hampton, she attended the New Hampton Middle School and was a 1975 graduate of the New Hampton High School. She went on to receive her Bachelor Degree in Education from the University of Northern Iowa. While still in high school, Mary met Milton “Chub” Frese and they dated until their marriage on June 23, 1979 at the United Congregational church in New Hampton. They were blessed with two sons, Dominic in 1982 and Colin in 1986. Mary began a long-time career in education at the kindergarten level. She continued teaching remedial reading and following the receipt of her Master’s Degree, she became the Technology Coordinator for the last several years. Mary had received a Fulbright Scholarship through Iowa State University and traveled to Russia recently. She also enjoyed traveling with her sister-in-law, Jane Mishak to the Azores in Portugal. In her free time, Mary had a passion for reading, golfing, computers and watching the Iowa Hawkeyes and the Green Bay Packers, but especially her grandchildren. She recently had a chicken coop built in the backyard and enjoyed raising the chickens and collecting eggs with her grandchildren. Time visiting with friends and family were important to Mary and she loved and cared for them dearly. While Chub would golf on Wednesday, that day was reserved for her ‘Wednesday Wine Club’; a time to get together with neighbors and friends. She will be missed by all who were fortunate to have known her. Left to cherish Mary's memory, is her husband, Milton “Chub" Frese; two sons, Dominic (Michele) Frese of Kenosha, WI and Colin and fiancé Haley of Cedar Falls; two beautiful grandchildren, Isabelle Frese and Avriel Frese; one brother, Frank (Marlys) Mishak of Clear Lake; one sister, Karen (Brian) Bezoenik of Milwaukee; two sisters-in-law, Diana Mishak of Denver, CO and Jane Mishak of Redlands, CA. She was preceded in death by her parents and three brothers, Wayne Mishak, Joseph Mishak and Lenny Mishak.

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  1. Chub, Dominic, Colin & Families

    Thinking of you. I always enjoyed working with Mary as we dealt with many of the technology trends/workshops for staff/hardware & software needs at NHHS. Prayers to all of you.

  2. Deepest sympathy to Mary’s family. She was a wonderful person and will be greatly missed. Thoughts and prayers to all.

  3. Mary was a very wonderful lady. My family had the honor to know and love her as a teacher and a woman of great faith. Our thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time. We will miss her dearly.

  4. So very sorry to hear of your loss. Milt, Dom, Colin and families….Prayers of peace and comfort. Marty and Deb Larsen

  5. Chub and family, Our sympathy and prayers to all. We always enjoyed visiting with Mary when you hosted the Sunrise block get together. She will be missed by many but she is no longer in pain. May she rest in peace.

  6. Giving you my deepest sympathy Chub. I remember Mary as a very committed, kind, and energized woman in all that she did.

  7. Chub, Dominic, Collin and families… I send my heartfelt sympathy and will continue my prayers for you. There are not enough words to describe what a wonderful person Mary was! I first knew Mary when she taught K across the hall from me. We shared so many memorable times at NHS😊 Her faith was such an inspiration….a beautiful soul inside and out … a good and faithful servant of the Lord. May her kind and generous spirit live on in the countless lives she touched. May God enfold you in HIS arms, comfort and give you Peace.

  8. Chub and family…..We have been praying for you.. We are sorry for this very difficult time. Please let us know if there is anything we can do. The Papousek’s

  9. Mary will be missed by all her knew her! Our memories of her will keep her alive in our hearts forever! Prayers and sympathy to the Frese family. We have lost a valued colleague and friend. Rest In Peace my friend!

  10. Her light will live on, in all the lives she touched. Mary was my son, B.J. Beckman’s favorite teacher! Eternally grateful for the gifts she shared.

  11. Mrs. Frese was one of my favorite teachers. She was always so lively, passionate, and cared about her work deeply. May she Rest In Peace. My condolences to all her family& loved ones.

  12. So sorry to hear of Mary’s passing.. May the Love of the season surround you and God hold you all in the palm of his hand.

  13. Our sincerest sympathies to you, Chub, and your family. May fond memories, the support of friends, and the love of Christ see you through these difficult times. Dan and Carolyn

  14. My deepest sympathy to Chub and Mary’s family. My thoughts and prayers are with you.
    May her memories help to comfort you.

  15. Milt, So sorry to hear about Mary, I loved her sense of adventure and spirit. She will be a wonderful addition to Heaven and an angel. Love and strength to you. Lori Tibbitts

  16. So very sad to hear of Mary’s passing. We have known Mary for many years. She always remained a very positive person and influenced many students lives including our own children. For that we are eternally grateful. RIP. Our thoughts remain with her precious family.

  17. Mary was a great teacher, my grandson struggled with finding his strengths and she made him feel like he could achieve anything. For that we are eternally grateful and he will always fondly remember her. Thoughts and sympathy to her family.

  18. Im so sorry to see this. I have remembered her always for how much an impact Mrs.Frese had on me. She helped me to read. Mrs.Frese was one of the best teachers i have ever had in grade school. May you fly high with the Angles.

  19. So sad to hear of Mary’s passing. She was a great teacher to our 2 boys and we will never forget her. Love & prayers to Mary’s family.

  20. Milt May God bless and comfort you and your family during this time of grief. Please accept my sincere condolences.

  21. Mary — our dear friend enriched our lives in so many ways– her work ethic was always to give 110%, her spontaneity, her joy in life, her love of family, & her faith. Our love & prayers to her whole family.
    Brita & Richard Reams

  22. Chub, Dominic, and Colin,
    We have been praying for you all and will continue, we were sad to hear of her passing and honestly it is hard to believe, there really was something about Mary, she will send you the strength you need, her spirit is with you now and always.
    Joanne and Jerry

  23. Chub, Dom, Colin and families,
    You are in our thoughts and prayers for your loss! Mary was always so positive and we pray her spirit will live on in all of you. May God grant you comfort and strength as you mourn.
    Joe and Sharon Haskovec

  24. Dominic, Colin, and Chub. I’m so very sorry to hear about Mary. She was such a wonderful and kind person. I will never forget how much respect and kindness she showed me throughout my life whether it was in school having a conversation, or just coming over to play flag football in your front yard when we were young. She was really one of those wonderful people in life and I’m very very happy to have had her in mine. You were very blessed to have her in your lives as both a mother and a wife. My sincerest condolences to you and your families.

  25. Chub, Dominic, Colin – I’m so sorry. Mary was a wonderful friend and teacher to so many. She was a big part of why I got into technology and followed that path into a career. I owe her a lot. I’m so happy to have known her. We’ll miss you dear friend.

  26. Dear Chub, Dominic, Colin and all of Mary’s family-Our hearts are so heavy for all of you right now. Mary was a bright spirit and so full of love for her family. She will be sorely missed by many. May God give you peace and may your many fond memories bring you comfort. We are keeping you in our many thoughts and prayers. ~Judy and Dean Knoll

  27. Chub and family, I am so sorry to hear of your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you at this difficult time.

  28. I had the pleasure of getting to know Mary at NHHS. Enjoyed our walks to her house after school and hanging out having long talks. Mary was a very special old soul that earned my respect early on. Thoughts and prayers to the family. She will be missed by many! REST IN PEACE old friend.

  29. So sad to hear about Mary’s passing. She was a true professional and made New Hampton School a better place. We are thinking of you all and sending prayers. Never forget all your happy times and memories.
    Jerry & Connie Kramer

  30. This is very sad news. Mary and I were kindred spirits of a sort and my world just got a little smaller. My condolences to everyone else who is missing her. Life is so short.

  31. I am deeply saddened by this news! My condolences to the whole Frese family. I am here if you need anything. Jason Richards

  32. So sorry to hear of Mary’s passing. We were high school classmates and I remember her delightful personality, so well-suited to being an educator. I know she will be missed.

  33. Mary was a good friend of mine, in high school. She was a very beautiful woman, inside and out, Both of my parents, enjoyed being in her presence for many years, also. I was blessed to see her last year, when I was in Iowa. My thoughts and prayers to the entire family. Diane Maupin Hartman

  34. Our thoughts and prayers are with you—Mary was a very nice person –we were in high school at the same time —–May she rest in peace and cherish the memories!

  35. Mary was a great friend and high school classmate. Her wit will surely be missed. Prayers for the family in this time of grief,

  36. Mary was such a passionate and lively individual. I got to know Mary through my work at Keystone AEA and New Hampton Schools. The New Hampton students were fortunate to have her as a teacher. I will miss her much. My sympathy to the family. I heard so much about you all.

  37. I never had the pleasure of meeting Mary, but I have had the pleasure of knowing Milt for 20 years or more . I would like to extend my sympathies to Milt and the family for the loss of Mary. May God comfort you in this time of sadness and sorrow. I’ll keep you in my prayers, Milt.

  38. In a day and age when most of us don’t know who are neighbors are, we had the priviledge of having one of the best. We moved to Sunrise St. In 1995 and the first person to knock on our door was Mary. Welcoming us to the neighborhood with a huge lunch. Chub ,Mary and their family had a special gift of always inviting, welcoming, and caring for us and our family. Thoughts, prayers and love to you all. Doug and Lindy

  39. Milt, Dom and Colin –
    We’re so sorry to hear about Mary’s passing. We last saw her at last summer’s reunion and wish that we had had more time to catch up. She was a very special person with a very caring attitude. She was so thoughtful with Audrey. Our thoughts and prayers are with you. Bob and Linda

  40. Mary was one of my friends in high school. I remember her energy and positive attitude. So very sorry to hear of her passing. Thoughts and prayers to her family. Gone way too soon….

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