Marcella Mae (Frehn) Trego
Marcella Mae Trego (nee Frehn) of Windy Hills in Newark, DE, passed away in the company of her beloved family on Wednesday, September 21, 2016 at Christiana Hospital.
Marcella was born on March 31, 1932 in Huntingdon County, PA to the late Charles O. and Goldie Mae Frehn. A literal “coal miner’s daughter,” she was the first person in her family to graduate from high school. Her senior yearbook quote was “Good goods come in small packages,” and anyone who knew her quickly came to realize that she epitomized the Shakespeare quote, “though she be but little she is fierce.”
She married the love of her life, James W. Trego on October 18, 1952 in Huntingdon County, PA and together they moved to Newark in 1964 to give their young family better opportunities. He predeceased her in 1996, and she is also preceded in death by her son, Michael Dennis Trego and grandson, Walter Michael Snyder.
Marcella held a variety of jobs, mostly in retail. While she was serving as a manager at Mae Moon in the Castle Mall, and handsome young politician on campaign came in one day. He shook her hand and said, “Hello, ma’am, my name is Joe Biden and one day, I’m going to be your President.” She was delighted when he became Vice President in 2009.
In addition to her love of politics and current events, Marcella was a diehard Phillies fan and closely followed NASCAR, her favorites being Dale Earnhardt, Jr. and Tony Stewart. She also enjoyed country music and cooking and baking – everything from scratch and absolutely delicious. She was a longtime and active member of Newark Baptist Church in Fair Hill, MD.
Although she had many achievements and interests, her greatest accomplishments were her progeny. She loved her family more than anything and is survived by her children, Shirley Snyder (Walter) of Hustontown, PA, James Trego, Jr. (Marilyn) of Port Deposit, MD, Brenda Shields (Stephen) of Middletown, Timothy Trego (Gale) of Newark and Gregg Trego of Bear; her adored grandchildren, Lori Deshong (Christopher), Walter Snyder, Jr. (Jennifer), Jamie Molitor, James Trego III (Maureen), Jessica Kuhl (Peter), Trevor Trego, Brett Trego, Richard Gilmore and Deborah Smedley; 18 great grandchildren; 3 great great grandchildren; as well as a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, neighbors, friends and her sister, Anna Shore.
The family wishes to thank the staff of the Christiana Hospital Emergency Department, 4E and especially 2E for their compassionate care during this difficult time.
A funeral service will be held at 11:30 am on Monday morning, October 3, 2016 at the Newark Baptist Church, 6011 Telegraph Road, Elkton, MD, where a visitation will be held from 10 am until 11:30 am. Interment will follow in Delaware Veterans Memorial Cemetery, 2465 Chesapeake City Road, Bear, DE.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Newark Baptist Church, 6011 Telegraph Rd., Elkton, MD 21921.