Brenda Patricia Frank

February 06, 1939 - May 21, 2021

Obituary For Brenda Patricia Frank

Brenda Frank, 82, of Durham, NC passed away on May 21, 2021. She was born on February 6,1939 in the Bronx, NY the daughter of Arthur and Helen (nee Duffek) Gross.

After attending foundational school in New York, Brenda attended the State University of New York at Oswego where she obtained a Bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education. She was a beloved elementary school teacher, positively influencing both children and their parents' lives for over 34 years in the Sayville, NY school district. She earned her Master’s degree in Education from the State University of New York at Stony Brook to further her knowledge in education and child development. Once she retired, Brenda decided she wanted to help new teachers grow and became a student teacher supervisor for Florida Atlantic University.

Brenda married Bart Frank on September 17,1961 and they were married for over 50 years before Bart passed away in March of 2012. Brenda and Bart worked hard to build their careers and family and enjoyed traveling the world on different adventures.

Brenda had a zest for life that included exploring, learning, entertaining, and making new friends no matter where she went. After Bart’s passing, she found a wonderful group of friends and neighbors who she truly enjoyed every moment with them. She continued to travel all over the globe, including Maui which was one of her favorite places to visit.

Brenda is survived by her daughter, Jen Baker and son-in-law, Baron Baker of Durham, NC as well as her numerous friends in New York, Florida, and North Carolina.

A memorial service will be held on Friday, May 28, 2021 at 3pm. Please contact Jen for service location at [email protected] In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in memory of Brenda to the Giraffe Conservation Organization for animals that gave her so much joy and happiness, https://giraffeconservation.org/donate/

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Brenda and I taught together at Sunrise Drive Elem. School. She was one of the first to greet me as a new teacher. I will always remember her warm welcome, inviting me over for lunch and offering me her plan book from the year before to help guide me as a first year teacher. She was always eager to give of herself and had a caring heart. I am glad to hear that her retirement years were so fulfilling, both with Bart and after his passing. My sincere condolences to Jen and her family.
- Bonnie Glenn
I met Brenda & Bart when I moved to the Hawthorne Community. We shared many many fabulous evenings together. After Bart's passing, we continued to enjoy Brenda's company. For her 75th birthday, we flocked her entire front yard with flamingoes. She totally loved it. She had such a zest for life! This photo of her is a great representation of her ever flowing spirit. I was truly blessed that my life touched hers. She will be missed by many.
- Kathleen Boate'
Jen, our family wants to offer our condolences for the loss of your mother. We wish you and your family peace and comfort during this difficult time. May God's peace and love lift you from sorrow.
- Laura Gonzalez

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