Claude W. Frey, age 95, died on January 2, 2019. Claude was born on June 24, 1923 to William and Nelly (Demarteau) Frey in Brussels, Belgium. In 1939, his family left Europe to escape World War II and immigrated to the United States, and settled in Cleveland, Ohio, where William’s family lived.
Claude served in the Navy from 1943 to 1946. He attended the University of Illinois and graduated with a degree in architecture.
In 1957, he married the love of his life, Eve Petters. They settled in the Rogers Park neighborhood of Chicago and raised two girls, Yvette and Liane. He walked both girls down the aisle at their weddings, proudly gaining sons-in-law John and Frank. They also lived in north suburban Skokie but moved to a city condo on the lakefront after retirement.
Claude and Eve also provided a stable, loving home for Nancy, their foster daughter, and welcomed her as a part of the family.
Claude had positions with several architecture firms, including Loebl, Schlossman and Bennett, Llewellyn and Llewellyn, and Loebl Schlossman and Hackl.
Claude had an interesting and very full life enriched by love of family, dear friends, music, and travel. He played piano and had a well-pitched baritone. He sang and performed till the very end of his life. A long-time member of the Chicago Swedish Glee Club, he enjoyed gigs throughout the Chicago area. He sang in the St. Margaret Mary church choir since the 1950s.
Claude and Eve traveled the world together. They visited numerous locations in North America, Europe, China, Japan, Russia and Mexico. The home is filled with treasures from all over the globe.
He enjoyed visiting with family and friends and loved a good party.
Claude delighted in watching his granddaughter, Nelly, grow up to be a caring and accomplished young woman. Nelly has been living with grandma and grandpa while attending graduate school in Chicago.
The family is thankful for the all the outpouring of love and support from our dear family and friends.