Charles J. Frankenbach
Charles (Charlie) John Frankenbach passed away on April 19, 2018 at the Kanas Center for Hospice Care at the age of 90.
Born on August 2, 1927 to Charles and Isaura Frankenbach, Charlie grew up in Southampton, New York. He was a Navy veteran of WW II serving on the USS Yorktown. After the Navy, Charlie went to school in New York City and became a licensed electrician. He met his wife Barbara when she visited during the summers in Southampton, and they were married on January 19, 1952 in Delmar, New York. Charlie worked at LILCO for 21 years. During that time, he was a member of the North Sea Fire Department, and he also went back to college at night and received his Bachelor’s degree in education and his Master’s degree. Charlie taught history at Eastport Schools for 20 years until he retired at the age of 62. During the summers he helped Barbara teach swimming lessons at various pools in the Southampton area, and he also turned his passion for landscaping into part time work. Charlie loved tending his rose bushes, some of which won prizes.
Following retirement, Charlie and Barbara moved to the Wilmington, North Carolina area for 25 years and then lived in Sun City Hilton Head, South Carolina for five years. They always returned to Southampton for the summers to spend time with family and friends. Charlie enjoyed playing golf, tennis, and working out regularly. He loved to dance, especially the jitterbug, travel, and read history books. Charlie also was an avid New York Giants and Yankee fan.
Charlie was preceded in death by his wife, Barbara Glick Frankenbach, whom he was married to for 64 years, and his sister Isaura (Bubby) Marshall and her husband Ernest of Southampton.
Charlie is survived by his three children, Charles (Chuck) Frankenbach of Southampton, Barbara Patton and husband Fred of Aurora, Colorado, and Steven Frankenbach of Southampton; seven grandchildren, Steven Frankenbach and his wife Michele of Southampton, Chris Patton and his wife Rachael of Colorado Springs, Colorado, Scott Frankenbach of Southampton, Katie Graham of Southampton, Peter Frankenbach and his girlfriend Rachael Zofcin of Miami, Florida, Brianna Patton and her boyfriend Arden Dennis of Aurora, Colorado, and Savannah Frankenbach of Southampton; and two great grandchildren, Amiyah Dismuke and Quincy Dennis of Aurora, Colorado. Charlie is also survived by his sister, May Griffin and her husband Don of Westhampton Beach, New York and their four children and families; his nephew Jeff Marshall; and many relatives and friends.
A memorial service will be held on Thursday, June 21st at 2 p.m. at the First Presbyterian Church of Southampton, with coffee and light refreshments served in the church parlor immediately after. Interment will be held at Southampton Cemetery, with a dinner reception following at the North Sea Firehouse at 6 p.m.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the First Presbyterian Church, 2 South Main Street, Southampton, NY 11968, or to the Kanas Center for Hospice Care, 1 Meeting House Road, Quiogue, NY 11978.