THOMASTON - Virginia Mae Frankowski, 79, died peacefully at Owls Head Homestead, Tuesday, August 26, 2014.
Born in Thomaston, May 31, 1935, she was the daughter of Stanley and Blanche Nosal Frankowski. Educated locally she was a 1953 graduate of Thomaston High School.
Following high school Virginia received a Bachelor of Science from Gorham State Teachers College in 1957. Later in 1964, she received her Masters of Education at the University of Maine at Orono. For one year she taught first grade in Chelsea before taking her career to her hometown roots of Thomaston. For over 29 years Virginia, or Ms. Frankowski, as she was known to the many students whose lives she touched, taught first grade at Lura Libby School. She retired in 1987 after a long and fulfilling career.
Always active Virginia was a member of the Maine Teachers Association, National Education Association, Knox County Retired Teachers Association, Maine Farm Bureau, Knox-Lincoln Soil and Water Conservation District and St. Bernard's Catholic Church in Rockland.
She was passionate about nature and the outdoors and could often been seen feeding the crows and observing their individual characteristics. She took great joy in keeping beautiful and bountiful flower and vegetable gardens and believed strongly in protecting the environment.
Virginia was well read, and kept herself up to date with world affairs and political happenings. She enjoyed watching Red Sox baseball, Jeopardy and other quiz shows on television. She was also an immaculate housekeeper, enjoying decorating, and cooking and baking, often trying new recipes.
Paramount in Virginia's life was her family. She was a devoted caregiver who tended to the needs of her family thought her lifetime. She also sent notes of encouragements to shut-ins and friends. She will be remembered as a helping hand to those in need.
Predeceased by a sister Sophie Cayton; and three brothers, Oliver, Sr., Tony and Alfred Frankowski; and a sister-in-law Hazel Frankowski; Virginia is survived by her nephews, Oliver Frankowski, Jr. and his wife Cathy of Dexter, James Frankowski and his wife Sylvia of Warren; grandnephew Aric Frankowski, his wife Amanda and their children Jessica and Logan all of Florida; as well as several cousins.
A graveside celebration of her life will be held at 10:00 AM, Saturday, September 6, 2014 at Village Cemetery, Erin Street in Thomaston.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to either, Kno-Wal-Lin Hospice, 170 Pleasant Street, Rockland, Maine 04841, or Owls Head Homestead, Seven North Shore Drive, Owls Head, Maine 04854.
Arrangements are in the care of Burpee, Carpenter & Hutchins Funeral Home, 110 Limerock Street, Rockland. To share a memory or condolence with Virginia's family, please visit her Book of Memories at www.bchfh.com.