Rosemary Frego, 94, of Rochester, passed away at Samaritan Bethany on Wednesday, Oct. 9, 2019.

Mrs. Frego was born on Sept. 19, 1925, in Faribault, to Arthur and Anna (Rosett) Vailencour.

Rosemary moved to Rochester to begin her career as a medical secretary at Mayo Clinic, starting in the Plummer Building in 1949. She met a charming elevator operator named Murray Frego, a conversation began, and they were married in 1952. The conversation and marriage continued for the next 60 years.

She was very proud to have been a medical secretary in the Endocrinology Department at Mayo Clinic for more than 18 years. In her retirement, she and Murray enjoyed spending time with family and friends and wintering in Apache Junction, Ariz.

She was a ten year breast cancer survivor.

Rosemary is survived by her four daughters, Kathryn Frego of Rochester, Nancy (Greg) Miller of Fort Dodge, Iowa, Ellen Frego of Minneapolis, and Cynthia Frego of Rochester; one granddaughter, Rebecca Summers of Tripoli, Iowa; three great-grandsons, Michael, Allan and Johnathan; and 27 nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her loving husband of 60 years, Murray; two sisters, Eleanor Stadler and Phyllis Stadler; one brother, Walter; and one nephew.

The family would like to thank the staff at Samaritan Bethany and Seasons Hospice for their consideration and care.

A Celebration of Life is scheduled at 2 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 19 at The River Park Chapel at Macken Funeral Home, 1119 11 1/2 St. NW, Rochester, MN 55901.

A visitation will be held from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. Friday, Oct. 18 at The River Park Chapel at Macken Funeral Home and one hour prior to the service. Inurnment will be held at a later date at Prosper Cemetery, Canton.

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