Pamela Frey Cassar was called to be with Our Lord on the afternoon of Wednesday, February 22, 2023, in her home, surrounded by her devoted family. Pam is preceded in her journey by her parents Dolores Paretti Frey and Clarence Julius “Chick” Frey, and her parents-in-law Joyce Kraft Cassar and Charles Anthony Cassar. Blessed to be part of a large and loving family, she is the sister of Kathy Olson (Glenn deceased), Cynthia Hattier (Victor), Sharon Hattier, Paul Frey (Lee Ann) and Shelley Sanders (Karl).
Continuing her legacy, she is survived by her devoted husband of 45 years Charles Robert Cassar, her daughters Annelise Cassar Tedesco and Arianna Cassar-Cruice, sons-in-law Trent Nicholas Tedesco and Wendell Joseph Cruice, Jr., and her grandson Eliam Edward Cassar-Cruice. She is loved as GiGi by Michael Cassar (Angelica Soberon-Cassar), Adelyn and Cassidy Cassar. She is the beloved aunt to Johnny Olaveson (deceased) (Julian Campos), Maria Schoppa (Wesley), Michele Wilson (David), Kristine Hedgecock (Jud), Clarence “CJ” Hattier (Janet), Emily Sixkiller (Darren), Timothy Hattier (Brittany), Cynthia Stein, Maurice Hattier, Jr. (Shannon), Kim Donnelly (Tim), Beth Hattier (Phillip Padilla), Jill Hattier (Todd Madden), Rebecca Cavalier (Zachary), Maximillian Sanders III, and Christina Sanders. She is the great aunt to a large number of wonderful, faith-filled nieces and nephews.
A woman of many talents and an abundantly giving spirit, Pam enjoyed cooking and bringing family together. She excelled in creative design. She was an artist of many capacities. Be it a brush, a sketch pad, a sewing machine, a gumbo pot, a bouquet of flowers, or a landscape plan, she saw the potential in places and people and helped make them beautiful. Throughout her life, she created stunning clothing, including countless wedding gowns, head pieces, veils, and prom dresses for herself, sisters, nieces, daughters, and friends. She loved dancing with her husband Charles, who was and remained the love of her life. Always sharing with others their love and expert talents, with flair beyond expectation and imagination, Pam and Charles created countless floral arrangements and bouquets to celebrate the weddings, funerals, and special occasions of many family members and friends, including both of their daughters’ weddings.
Known for her passion for faith, family, teaching, and community, Pam leaves a tremendous legacy of service to the community of St. Bernard Parish, Chalmette High School, and its Cultural Arts Center. She taught for over 41 years, becoming Math Department Chair, Teacher of the Year, Costume Designer for all the productions in the state-of-the-art, Broadway-style theatre, and she earned numerous accolades and commendations. An educator through and through, Pam invested in countless lives in and outside of the classroom. Her capacity for design and attention to detail elevated every performance for the many community organizations, church outreach programs, school performances, and full-scale productions of The Performing Arts Academy. Her commitment to make every student feel confident and important empowered many young men and women to see themselves beyond their current circumstances and walk with bravery and vision off the stage and into their futures.
She will be tremendously missed. Her influence will extend beyond her years, and her memory and impact will outlive her life.
Pam’s life will be celebrated on Saturday, March 4, 2023 at 11:00 a.m. with a Resurrection Service at Christ Church Cathedral, 2919 St. Charles Avenue in New Orleans. Visitation will be at 10:00 a.m., and the service will be followed by a reception where all who knew and loved Pam are invited to gather and fondly remember her journey.
Charbonnet Labat Glapion Funeral Home
1615 St. Philip St.
New Orleans, LA 70116