Harold Reitz Frey, 95, Frey’s Farm Market owner, attended Lititz Mennonite, married 72 years

By on April 5, 2017

Harold Reitz Frey, 95, died on Monday, April 3, 2017, at Landis Homes where he resided since 2004.

He was the husband of Ruth W. Snavely Frey. They celebrated their 72nd wedding anniversary on Nov. 30, 2016. Harold was born in Franklin County on July 29, 1921, son of the late Christian E. Frey and Emma Reitz Frey Martin.

Harold was a life-long farmer and learner. He loved the land, singing hymns and studying the Scripture. He and his wife Ruth, started Frey’s Farm Market in Lebanon County, selling fresh-grown produce. It later expanded to include greenhouse plants. His farming years also involved raising poultry and livestock.

Harold served as a deacon at Gingrichs Mennonite Church for 35 years, was a Philhaven Hospital board member for 32 years and a Friendship board member for several years. He was a member of Lititz Mennonite Church.

In addition to his wife, Harold is survived by six children: daughter, Linda Frey and husband David of New Holland; daughter, Donna Frey Myers and husband Gerald of Fort Mill, S.C.; son, Leslie Frey and wife Gloria Hess Frey of Lebanon; son, Dennis Frey and wife Becky Hernley Frey of Lebanon; daughter, Anita Frey of East Petersburg; and daughter, Twila Frey Glick and husband Del Glick of Washington, D.C. Also surviving is one sister: Jean Frey Weaver of Lebanon; stepsister: Ruth Hershey of Kennett Square; eight grandchildren; and 15 great-grandchildren.

Harold was predeceased by a son: Curtis Frey; sisters: Verna Frey Bauman, Gail Kling Weaver, Elta Frey Weaver; a brother: James Frey; and stepsister: Esther Hoover.

Visitation will be held at Landis Homes in the West Community Room on Saturday evening, April 8, from 6 to 8 p.m. The memorial service will be held at Landis Homes on Sunday, April 9, at 3 p.m., in the West Bethany Chapel. There will be a private burial at Gingrichs Mennonite Church Cemetery.

The family thanks Landis Homes, especially the households of Birch, Lititz, and Lancaster; as well as Hospice and Community Care, for their loving and professional care.

All donations can be made to Landis Homes Caring Fund, 1001 E. Oregon Road, Lititz, PA 17543; and Hospice and Community Care, P.O. Box 4125 Lancaster, PA 17604-4125.

Arrangements by Stradling Funeral Homes Inc., Akron/Ephrata. Online condolences can be given at stradlingfuneralhome.com.

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