Charleen Frankforter, 89, passed away on December 30th, 2018 in Stockton, CA, surrounded by her family. She was born to the late Bluebell (Bailey) Clover and Delphin Clover on October 20th, 1929 in McCook, NE. Charleen grew up in Exeter, NE, graduated from Exeter High School in 1947 and attended the University of Nebraska in 1948. In 1949 she married Norris Frankforter. They started their marriage in Friend, NE, then moved to Lincoln in 1951 where they remained until 2016 when they moved to Stockton, CA in order to be near their daughter and son-in-law.
For many years Charleen was a model in style shows, newspaper ads and television for local department stores. She enjoyed volunteering for community service organizations such as the Lincoln Symphony Guild, St. Paul United Methodist Church, the YWCA and Campfire Girls of America. She loved travelling, gardening, cooking/entertaining, interior design, exercising and staying physically fit, but spending time with family and friends was her greatest pleasure.
Charleen’s life was one of joy and gratitude. She was a devoted wife, mother and friend. She will be remembered for her infectious smile, her kind and compassionate nature, and for the consistent, heartfelt support that she gave others.
Charleen is survived by Norris, her loving husband of nearly 70 years, who was by her side every step of the way during her long journey with Alzheimer’s; her daughter and son-in-law, Lynelle and Frank Wiens, of Stockton, CA, and step-grandson Jeffrey Wiens and his wife, Amanda Ronconi, of New York City.
No services are planned at this time.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be sent to:
St. Paul United Methodist Church
1144 M Street
Lincoln, NE 68508
Hospice of San Joaquin
3888 Pacific Avenue
Stockton, CA 95204