Marlene A. Frankhouser, 84, passed away Monday evening, May 11, 2020, at William Penn Healthcare, Lewistown. Marlene was born Sept. 2, 1935 in Woodland. She was a daughter of the late Merle A. and Ruth I. (Rhoades) Kuhns. She was the wife of Maurice B. Frankhouser, who preceded her in death on July 27, 2015.
She is survived by three children, Maurice B. Frankhouser, Jr. and wife Gayla of Segel, Allan M. Frankhouser of Lewistown, Lorraine G. Peachey and husband Gary of Centre Hall, and a grandson whom she adopted Gabriel Specht-Frankhouser of Reedsville; siblings, Fred L. Kuhns of San Angelo, TX., Grace Reed of Reedsville, Dorothy Stitt of Lewistown, John and Shirley Wert of Lewistown, Paul E. Kuhns of Milroy, James A. Kuhns of Milroy, four other grandchildren, Maria Ciecierski and husband Rodney of Brookville, Amy Peleckis and husband Joseph of Philadelphia, Benjamin Frankhouser of Lewistown, Dory Frankhouser of Lewistown; eight great grandchildren, Marlena and Edward Ciecierski, Johanna and Reese Peleckis, Evan, Kylie and Aliah Frankhouser, Athia Treaster. She was preceded in death by a daughter, Laura Frankhouser, two grandsons, Nicholas Powell and Gary Allen Frankhouser; siblings, Charles Kuhns, Merle Kuhns, Jr., Leon Kuhns, Mary Maroni, and Louise Kuhns. She had worked at Arrow Shirt Co. and Scottys Fashions.
In life she enjoyed hunting at camp in New Lancaster Valley; where she shot a few deer herself. At family dinners she would place a mystery meat cup of her catch for the day, turtle, rattlesnake, squirrel, you name it, she served it. She liked to feed the wild birds, her favorite was the cardinal. Marlene loved sewing, collecting elephant knickknacks, rocks with fossils and insects; she would put them in a glass case to show them off. Her pride and joy was her grandchildren and great grandchildren. Every family dinner she would slave to cook a feast; she would have her family gather around a huge table in a tiny kitchen. It was her way of keeping the family close. After dinner she would always have something fun for the kids, decorating unique ostrich eggs for Easter or paper turkey hands at Thanksgiving, or building ginger bread houses at Christmas. She always thought of the children in her family.
Marlene loved attending Barrville Mennonite Church. Her favorite Bible verse was Psalm 23. She was a sweet kind hearted woman who would do anything for her children. She was one of a kind.
Private graveside services will be held at Barrville Mennonite Cemetery with Pastor Carl Geissinger officiating. Memorial contributions can be made to Bohn Funeral Home, P.O. Box 10, Reedsville, Pa. 17084
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