COOPERSTOWN – Margaret Lois Burroughs Frank, “Lodi” passed away peacefully on Thursday, Jan. 11, 2018, three days before her 87th birthday, at the Residence at Otter Creek in Middlebury, Vt., with loving family by her side.
She lived in Cooperstown for a period, where survivors include daughter Jeanne Dewey and her family.
Lodi was born on Jan. 14, 1931, in Rochester, to Robert and Margaret Burroughs, the second of three daughters. When she was only 4, her older sister, Roberta, died of influenza, which affected Lodi’s heart deeply and helped set the course for a lifetime of serving others, full of sharing her love, kindness and compassion with everyone she touched.
She attended elementary and middle school in Rochester, but then moved with her family several times throughout her high school years, living in Schenectedy, Marblehead, Mass., Washington D.C., and Richland, Wash. After high school graduation she returned to Rochester to attend the U of R School of Nursing.
Her first nursing job after graduation was at Strong Memorial Hospital, where she met her love, Donald Frank. Lodi and Don were married in 1955, in Rochester. They spent their first year of married life in Burlington, Vt., where Lodi worked as a public health nurse, a job she loved and frequently reminisced about.
The couple returned to Rochester in 1959, where they settled and raised their family. Lodi felt very rooted in Rochester, and cherished her strong community of friends and neighbors. She had an abiding faith in God, and was a lifelong member of Lake Avenue Baptist Church. Throughout her 86 years LABC remained central to Lodi’s life.
When Don passed away in 2006, Lodi remained in Rochester until 2015 when she moved first to Cooperstown, and then to Middlebury, to be closer to family.
Lodi loved music (both listening and singing), reading, traveling, and beach-combing, but her greatest joy was in sharing these things with friends and family. She delighted in her role of mother, and then grandmother. Lodi was a warm and nurturing soul, and always made sure her friends and family knew they were loved. She will be remembered for her gentle spirit, kind heart, and genuine wisdom. May we all see the best in others as Lodi always did.
Besides her parents, Lodi was predeceased by her husband, Donald Frank. and her sister Roberta Burroughs.
She is survived by her three children, Elizabeth Frank, David Frank and Jeanne Dewey (John); as well as four grandchildren, Olivia Frank, Josh Frank (Sierra), Sarah Dewey and Patrick Dewey; and one great-granddaughter, Delilah Frank. She is also survived by her sister, Liz Miley and family; as well as many beloved cousins, nieces, nephews, and friends.
Lodi’s family thanks her many friends in Rochester, as well as the caregivers at Otter Creek in Middlebury and Woodside Hall in Cooperstown for their care, compassion, and humor over the past several years.
A celebration of Lodi’s life will be held in Rochester in the spring. Details will be forthcoming.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Cooperstown Friends of the Parks, P.O. Box 1008, Cooperstown, NY 13326.