Virginia M. Frankowski

Aug 29, 2014
Virginia M. Frankowski

Thomaston — Virginia Mae Frankowski, 79, died peacefully at Owls Head Homestead, Tuesday, Aug. 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 Saturday, Sept. 6, at 10 a.m. at Village Cemetery, Erin Street in Thomaston.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to either, Kno-Wal-Lin Hospice, 170 Pleasant St., Rockland, ME 04841, or Owls Head Homestead, Seven North Shore Drive, Owls Head, ME 04854.

Arrangements are in the care of Burpee, Carpenter & Hutchins Funeral Home, 110 Limerock St., Rockland. To share a memory or condolence with Virginia’s family, please visit her Book of Memories at

Comments (2)
Posted by: Jane Flannery Hall | Sep 05, 2014 01:16

Our thoughts and prayers are with you during this sad time. Ginny became a part of our family for the past 1 plus years at the Owls Head Homestead. Loved by all, she flourished and enjoyed the many activities and staff. Making necklaces' and bracelets and her coloring books she lovingly shared with her caregivers. She delighted in the special love and attention of staff who exceeded  her expectations as evidenced by an amazing Birthday party, a Thanksgiving Day Parade, and all the day to day cherished memories we hold close in our hearts. We were there at her bedside in the final days and moments. She was loved and we feel privileged to have been given the opportunity to care for her.

Posted by: Sharon Linda Hill | Sep 01, 2014 15:58

So sorry for your loss. Randy and Sharon

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