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Frank Fronhofer

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SALEM | Frank Fronhofer, 65, of Salem, passed away unexpectedly on Sunday, Aug. 9, 2015, from injuries sustained in a mountain bike accident.

Born June 6, 1950, in Elizabeth, New Jersey, he was the son of Leonard Fronhofer III and Minerva Shallcross Fronhofer of Salem.

Frank graduated from Greenwich High School and continued his education at SUNY Plattsburgh and Russell Sage College, where he earned his bachelor’s and master’s degrees.

Frank was a dedicated teacher of math, health and computer science at Salem Central School for 38 years, retiring in 2009. He was also a wrestling coach for more than 40 years. Frank touched the lives of countless students, parents, colleagues and community members with his endless support, infectious optimism and zest for life. He lived every day to the fullest, appreciating and promoting the finest qualities of everyone he knew. Frank’s greatest loves were his wife and family. He never missed a chance to be a part of their endeavors, big and small. Frank also enjoyed spending time with them biking, playing tennis, hiking, and any and every game. His grandchildren, especially, loved his “playful” soul. Enthusiastic, kind and entirely selfless, he spent all his time enriching the lives of others. Frank’s work ethic, strength and generosity guaranteed a life of happily helping others.

In addition to his parents, Frank is survived by his wife of 44 years, “his girlfriend,” Janet Keenan Fronhofer; his children, Frank (Laurie) Fronhofer of Salem, Sarah (Rich) Kim of Montclair, New Jersey, Lisa (Charlie) Oswald of Arlington, Massachusetts, and Chris (Susie Thomas) Fronhofer of Salem. He is also survived by his brothers and sisters, Leonard Fronhofer of Salem, Van Fronhofer of Hebron, Carl Fronhofer of Greenwich, Fred Fronhofer of Argyle, Paul Fronhofer of Salem, Minerva Campbell of Old Chatham, Joan Phillips of Oakdale, Connecticut, Susan Jaworski of Shokan, Diane Carlton of Amherst, Massachusetts, Socrates Fronhofer of Salem and Elaine Fronhofer of Amherst, Massachusetts. Frank also leaves behind eight grandchildren , Luke, Scout, Maya, Marley, Meadow, Thomas, Jeffrey and Oliver as well as many loved nieces and nephews.

He was predeceased by a nephew and two nieces, Matthew, Heather and Casey.

A celebration of life service will be held at 3 p.m. on Wednesday, Aug. 12, at Salem Central School, 41 East Broadway, Salem. A time for sharing memories with family and each other will follow from 4 to 6 p.m.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be given to help fund the new Salem Fire Department facility, P.O. Box 449, Salem, NY 12865.

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Funeral arrangements are with the McClellan-Gariepy Funeral Home, Inc., 19 East Broadway, Salem.

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