OBITUARY

Dorothy Ann Frank

November 12, 1943November 16, 2021
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Dorothy Ann Frank

Dorothy lived affectionately and lovingly for 78 years. She passed away peacefully in her sleep at SCL St. Joseph’s Hospital in Denver from chronic obstructive pulmonary disease exacerbated by Covid-19, in spite of being fully vaccinated. She was surrounded by her husband and daughters at the end, after four weeks in the hospital and a weekend celebrating her birthday.

She was born in Edgewater, Colorado and at the time she passed away she lived in Edgewater in the home built by her father, Doyle Downing. Her mother was Madeline (Hirsch) Downing and her sister is Darlene Avery. She raised her family in East Denver and attended St. James Catholic Church. After graduating from Jefferson High School, she worked at Mountain Bell as a teletype operator, and married Joe Frank Jr. in 1964. She made a beautiful home for her family for more than 57 years and served as secretary at St. James Catholic School for more than 20 years. Upon retirement, she and Joe took their dream vacation—a cruise to Alaska.

She was devoted to her family and relished making people feel special, celebrating every birthday, anniversary, wedding, and graduation. During her life she loved dancing, bowling, playing Scrabble and cards, vacationing in Las Vegas, and visiting her family in Georgia, and Iowa.

She is survived by her husband, Joe Frank Jr., her four daughters, 16 grandchildren, and 6 great grandchildren. Their daughters’ families include:

• Theresa and Bob Keatinge (Colorado) and their children, Alyson Brown, Mike and Kym Keatinge and their daughter Grace, Courtney Keatinge, and Eric Brown and his children Sylas and Emerson • Chrissy and James Taylor (Iowa), their children, Natalie Taylor, Jimmy and Audrey Taylor and their children, Junior, Sam, and Dominic Diebert, Bella Taylor, Nicole Taylor and Bryce Grunewald and their daughter Elizabeth • Julie and Grant Bremer (Colorado), their daughters Madeline and Avery Pulley, and Ericka Bremer • Deanna and Sean Sullivan (Iowa), their children, Seamus, Shannon, and Cici, Kielan and Breanna Sullivan, Aidan and Haley Sullivan and their sons Kael and Archer, Michaela and Kaleb Brood and their children Lyla, Ayveri, and Jackson.

Also surviving Dorothy is her sister, Darlene Avery who lives in Mount Vernon, Georgia and her son, Donald Avery and his wife, Stacie and their children, Austin Proctor, and Caleb and Jacob Avery; her brother-in-law, John Frank; her sisters-in-law Betty and Bud Pastori and their children Cory, Kevin, and Eric Mitchell, and Amy and Buster Pastori, and Anne Forest, and her children Shawn and Shannon Forrest, and her other nieces and nephews, Steve and Izzy Warrington, Rick and Pat Warrington, Laurie and Ken Franti, and Doug and Amber Warrington and their families.

Her rosary will be held on Tuesday, November 23, 2021, at 11:00 am, immediately before her funeral mass which will begin at 11:30 am at St. Mary Magdalene Roman Catholic Church, 2771 Zenobia St, Denver, CO 80212, officiated by Father Robert Barry. Her graveside service will be held afterwards at Olinger Crown Hill Mortuary & Cemetery, 7777 W. 29th Ave. in Wheat Ridge Colorado, with a lunch reception to follow. Memorial donations may be made to St. Mary Magdalene Roman Catholic Church in lieu of flowers.

  • PALLBEARERS

  • Sean Sullivan
  • Seamus Sullivan
  • Aidan Sullivan
  • Grant Bremer
  • Bob Keatinge
  • James Taylor

Services

  • Rosary Service

    Tuesday, November 23, 2021

  • Funeral Service

    Tuesday, November 23, 2021

  • Committal Service

    Tuesday, November 23, 2021

  • Reception

    Tuesday, November 23, 2021

Memories

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Theresa Keatinge

November 25, 2021

One of the first musicals our family saw live was The Original Scene’s “The Sound of Music.” Kari Knoll, our lifelong friend and daughter of mom’s good friend and neighbor Kay Knoll, played Gretl Von Trapp. I think that was one of the reasons mom loved musicals so much.

Theresa Keatinge

November 25, 2021

When I was a young adult I was so busy I wouldn’t talk to Mom for months. We joked I was her long lost daughter. When she called me to catch up she’d often ask, “How am I doing?” She said she didn’t know how she was doing until she knew how I was doing. Her well-being was so tied up with ours.

Theresa Keatinge

November 24, 2021

More memories from the eulogy:
Chrissy remembers and appreciates how much mom and dad supported Nicole and Natalie when they played softball, even traveling to Las Vegas for one of their tournaments. Mom loved supportinging us in all of our endeavors.

She had many hobbies and they all revolved around making gifts for others. I treasure the ceramic mouse Christmas ornament she painted for me and the baby blanket she crocheted for Alyson. In fact, she crocheted baby blankets for all her grandchildren. Her latest hobby was embroidering pillowcases for their weddings.

Mom was affectionate, tickling our back sometimes when we watched TV and giving us hugs and kisses at bedtime. Sometimes when we were going up the stairs she’d say, “I’m gonna get your teeny and pinch our bottoms.” We’d run up faster so she wouldn’t catch us. Deanna carries on this tradition with her kids and grandkids.

All through the pandemic, mom continued the Sunday Zoom calls that Julie started, helping us to stay connected even though we couldn’t be together physically.

One of the reasons I think mom was able to love us so well is because she had Dad’s steadfast and loving support and she took care of herself. She spent time with friends like Kay Knoll, Gerrie Gebbie, and Arlene Bohall. She had regular manicures and pedicures. Even in the hospital, the nurses complimented her nails. She relaxed by taking baths, reading, watching tv and movies, and having her hair done.

When I was in 8th grade, she wrote a letter in her beautiful handwriting for my continuation in which she said, “…to be a true friend is what life is all about.” At a market in Madrid during our recent trip to Spain, I bought pastries at a shop called “Madreamiga.” In Spanish, “madre” means “mother” and “amiga” means “friend.” At the center of the two words is the word “dream.” She was our mother and friend and helped make our dreams come true. Thank you, Mom, for teaching us how to work, play, and love.

Theresa Keatinge

November 24, 2021

More memories from the eulogy:

Mom loved family gatherings with extended family members including the Downings, Hirsch’s and Heinrichs, Pastoris and Forrests, Warringtons and Frantis, Gallos and Haberkorns, and as most of you know, she was an amazing cook. On our birthdays she made us our favorite meals. Mine was chile rellenos. Dad loved her turkey dinner. We actually made it in her honor this past Sunday and celebrated an early Thanksgiving. Uncle John loved her pork and sauerkraut. She even shared that recipe with us when she was in the hospital. She was very practical; when we asked her how long to brown the country pork ribs before putting them in the crockpot, she said, “Until they’re brown.” Of course!

Mom was an expert seamstress and made many of our clothes including my first prom dress, numerous bridesmaid dresses, and even Barbie clothes!

She was competitive and loved games of all kinds especially Scrabble and May I. I remember traveling with their pinochle club—the Gallos, Luceros, Henrys, Bohalls, and Hollands to Las Vegas. She hit more than 30 royal flushes over the years and told us, “It’s always more fun if you win.”

She enjoyed family fishing trips in Glenwood Springs. After fishing, we’d relax and swim in the pool at the Holiday Inn. She enjoyed summer visits with Aunt Darlene, Uncle Don, and our cousin Donald when they came to Denver every summer. We took road trips to visit them in Georgia too, with stops in North Carolina to visit their friends Jim and Caroline Larson and their kids, Teresa and Jimmy.

Mom enjoyed seeing plays and musicals. I remember once when her granddaughters were invited onstage to dance before a performance of Grease. She enjoyed watching her children and grandchildren sing and perform.

Chrissy remembers and appreciates how much mom and dad supported Nicole and Natalie when they played softball, even traveling to Las Vegas for one of their tournaments. Mom loved supportinging us in all of our endeavors.

Theresa Keatinge

November 24, 2021

These are some of my favorite memories of mom from the eulogy:
She met Joe Frank Jr., our dad on his 20th birthday, March 9, 1963 dancing at La Pichet (The Pitcher). She liked him so much, she gave him a lapel pin celebrating her achievement of scoring over 200 points bowling, as a memento. What she really wanted was to give him a reason to call her back after her trip to Georgia where she was traveling the next day to visit Aunt Darlene and Uncle Don Avery, her sister and brother-in-law.

We’re so blessed that they fell in love and got married on January 18, 1964. She worked for 57 years making a beautiful home for us.

I remember playing in the backyard while she hung laundry and folding diapers with her while watching Days of Our Lives. I learned how to read while she ironed. We cleaned house on Saturdays, and I remember using an old sock on my hand as a dust rag. She got up early to make our school lunches. My favorite was fried bologna. Julie says she made her lunch even when she was in college!

We were members of St. James Parish in East Denver where mom served as a Eucharistic Minister and we attended school. Mom volunteered there too and she and dad worked Bingo to help pay for our tuition. When Deanna was in 3rd grade and I was a freshman at DU, St. James hired her to be school secretary. Deanna loved seeing her mom in the school office. Mom worked there for more than 20 years until her retirement. She was our biggest advocate.

Mom was calm under pressure. Once when Julie fell down the stairs and cut her eyelid, she quickly gathered towels and we held Julie in the car while she raced to the doctor’s office for stitches. She did the same for me in 9th grade when I cut my finger adjusting the uneven parallel bars in gym class. She also kept me calm when I needed a c-section to deliver Alyson, my daughter. In fact, she was there when Nicole, Natalie, Kielan, Aidan, Michaela, Seamus, and Madeline were born.

Theresa Keatinge

November 24, 2021

I’m so grateful for all of the prayers and kind messages of condolence our family has received this week. They continue to bring us consolation.

With the help of my dad and sisters, it was an honor to write and deliver the eulogy for our mom, Dorothy Frank.

The church livestreamed the rosary, eulogy and mass and a recording is available here:
https://www.facebook.com/MaryMagDenver/videos/1035188573936337/

Alyson Brown

November 23, 2021

Grammy meant so much to me. She was such a special, God loving woman and she filled her home with nothing but the best home cooked food (as Grandpa would attest to). I always remember the whole family at Thanksgiving fighting over the gizzards, how beautiful her nails always looked, and the amazing memories all of the cousins have had in her home together. I’ll cherish every card she ever gave me. I love you Grammy!!!

Ericka Bremer

November 22, 2021

I hope one day I can be as amazing of a wife, mother, and grandmother as Grammy Dorothy. Her selflessness and compassion was unmatched. She was the matriarch of a family who loved her very much, whether that was enjoying a warm, delicious meal around the table, playing May I, or asking us about life updates. I will miss her chile rellenos, her spaghetti, her knack for winning for most games, her compassion for her family and friends, and the feeling that she would always be there, no matter what. I am so sad that Grammy had to say goodbye when she did, but I am so grateful for our memories together and to be a part of her legacy of kindness and togetherness. Heaven is suite lucky to have her presence.

Madeline Pulley

November 22, 2021

Grandma was the type of person you could tell anything too. Her home was always full of love, laughter and smiles. Cookies or cake always in the oven and Spaghetti on the stove top.
Grandma was my favorite hug, happiest hello and saddest goodbye. She loved getting her nails done, going to church, and her family. Her love, kindness and heart will never be forgotten. Heaven gained a very special angel.

Avery Pulley

November 22, 2021

Anyone who knows me well knows how close I am to my grandparents. She was a mother of 4 daughters, grandmother, and great grandmother. My grandma was an intelligent, loving, and selfless woman. She was always the last to sit at the table and first to get up to clean; she lived her life serving the others around her. To me, she was a safe place who I could confide in and listen to. She read 1000s of books and embroidered pillow cases. She loved to play Farm Town, watch Grease, and was always interested in playing card games (especially May I). She never interrupted and truly listened to what you were saying, smiling and nodding. She was one of the first people I called when I had an achievement and the person I cried with over defeats. My heart is broken today and I hope wherever she is now that she is being held, loved, and cared for as she did for everyone in her life. Till we meet again sweet angel 💛

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