CAROL FRENO

Carol Freno died of cancer on June 23rd 2017 with her family by her side peacefully in her sleep.

She is survived by her husband Edwin Freno, daughter Rachel Freno Jones, and Son-in-Law Thomas Jones.

Carol was born in Plymouth, Wisconsin, September 29th 1932 to Arthur and Luetta Gerber, the youngest of three children. Predeceased by her parents, brother Richard Gerber, and sister Judith Gerber Schulenberg.

Raised in Plymouth she attended Elementary School and Plymouth High School, graduating in 1950 as a member of the National Honor Society. She attended University of Wisconsin, Oshkosh, Wisconsin as a Liberal Arts Major and began her lifetime interest in sculpture. She moved to Milwaukee and enrolled in Business College. After a year she entered the work force, working for Northwestern Mutual Life Insurance Company.

Carol then moved to San Diego with her good friend Kathy. Carol’s sister, Judy Schulenberg, was teaching at the Chula Vista Elementary School and so began her life in the South Bay in 1961.

Carol went to work at General Dynamics Astronautics in San Diego and met her future husband, Edwin Freno, at the Singles Club where Ed was the Photographer and Carol was the writer for the singles club newsletter in 1961. They married in November of 1962 at The Chapel of the Roses and then moved to Bonita. Rachel came along in 1966.

Carol went on to complete her Bachelor’s Degree in Art from San Diego State University in 1984.

Her art career spanned many decades. She had showings at Southwestern College, Spanish Village (Balboa Park), and The Bonita Museum.

Both Carol and Ed played tennis and had a great group of friends that they would play with on a regular basis and go to tennis tournaments in San Diego and in Indian Wells. She always called the group “The Tennis Bunch” The friendships have lasted many years.

Carol also volunteered at the Olympic Training Center. She was a tour guide and helped with programs geared at elementary school children to provide insight to the benefits of Athletics.

One of her favorite events to participate in was the annual Sandcastle Contest held every July in Imperial Beach. Her team, “The Sandwitches” over several years won at least 13 trophies in the different categories that they entered in. She was very proud of her “all women” team which consisted of nine of her friends.

Carol had a strong sense of Community Consciousness. She was involved in Preserve South Bay, Crossroads, The Sweetwater Valley Civic Association, Republican Women, and The League of Women Voters. She also volunteered helping new citizens register to vote and manned the booth at the San Diego County Fair. She also had strong ties to the Bonita Museum and Historical Society where she had been part of at least two shows where her works were displayed.

Carol also belonged to a golf club, The Wiffers, which met every Wednesday. She always got up early so she could be there to meet the starter and enjoy 9 holes of golf with her golf friends. She also belonged to a book club which met every month on Thursdays. Always a new book was on the agenda and she enjoyed reading books that she may or may not have picked out herself.

In addition, she also was part of an all women Investment Club where they would research stocks and as a group, decide what to buy and sell etc. She followed the stock market religiously and was very well versed in stocks, bonds, mutual funds, and all that goes with investing.

Every year Carol would put together up to 75 Easter Baskets for Community Services of Chula Vista for families. She took it upon herself to assemble these baskets with donations from the Republican Women, friends and her own contributions. This was very near and dear to her heart.

In spite of all these community commitments, she and Ed were also avid world travelers. They had visited most of Europe, China, Japan, Australia, New Zealand, Central and South America and in the later years enjoyed travelling with their daughter Rachel, on many cruises through Mexico, The Caribbean, Central America, and South America.


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