Philip Frerk, 83, of New Hope, Mn. died from Congestive Heart Failure on 1/17/2024. Phil was a loving husband and soul mate for life to his wife Jeri, for 58 years. He is survived by his wife Jeri; children; Greg Frerk (Karen) and Cindy Arndt (John), four grandchildren; Jessica Frerk, Reilly Frerk, Erica Arndt, and Ryan Arndt; his brother Ed Frerk, and sisters, Phyllis Schwartz (Jack) and Fran Herdt.
He is preceded in death by his mother and father, Walter and Viola Frerk and his nephew, Dan Schwartz.
Phil graduated from Slayton High School where he lettered in 4 sports in each of his high school years, and voted “Athlete of the Year” at graduation in 1958. Phil’s father died when he was 11 years old when he learned the vital skills to work hard and persevere. He often chuckled when he showed a log he kept that listed 59 various jobs he had throughout his lifetime.
After graduating from high school, he attended Bemidji State College where he majored in Recreation and played football and basketball for the college. He received his BA degree from St. Cloud State College and worked at Moose Lake State Hospital as a Recreational Therapist.
He continued on in his schooling, receiving his B.S. degree in Education from U.M.D., a Master’s Degree in Health and Phy. Ed. from St. Cloud State College, and a Master’s Degree in Special Education from St. Thomas University.
He began his teaching career in St. Louis Park, teaching and coaching for the next 30 years. He taught Elementary Phy. Ed., Special Education, and was Dean of Students at St. Louis Park High School until his retirement. For 30 summers, he managed the New Hope Municipal Swimming Pool where he became well known in the community.
Phil’s excellent work ethic and perseverance persisted throughout his teaching and coaching career. In his 6 short years as St. Louis Park Girl’s Basketball Head Coach, his team qualified for the State Tournament five out of those six years, winning: Two State Championship Titles, one Consolation Championship, and two 3rd. place titles. He was elected into the Minnesota Basketball Coaches Association Hall of Fame, The St. Louis Park High School Athletic Hall of Fame, and awarded the Classic Lake Conference Distinguished Service Award. Coaching was his love, but never more than his wife and children.
For 35 years they owned a cabin on the Minong Flowage in Wisconsin. It was a place close to his heart where all the family could be together. His grandchildren were his greatest joy and he treasured his time spent with them. Phil unselfishly gave himself to his family for all his days and will always be remembered
for his everlasting love.