Brenda Arnelle Blain was born on June 4, 1937 to John and Beulah Blain and was raised in Goodland, Kansas. She married the love of her life, Chester Charles Frankenfeld, in 1957. They celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary in 2017. During their marriage Brenda and Chuck lived in Goodland, Denver, Stratton, and Phillipsburg. Brenda and Chuck had 4 children, Bryan (Chip), Bruce, Camie, and John.
Brenda Frankenfeld was a caregiver of others. Taking care of her husband, children, grandchildren, and anyone else that needed her was a priority and something she did well.
Brenda enjoyed all things associated with being a wife and mother. Her house was always clean and open to any friends: her’s or her children’s. She was the type of hostess that made sure everyone was comfortable and well fed. Brenda would tell stories about learning to cook from her father-in-law, Chet Frankenfeld. Every one of her family members can name a favorite meal that she would make for them because everyone enjoyed her wonderful cooking.
Some of Brenda’s interests and hobbies included sewing and doing crafts. Brenda was very creative and spent hours upon hours mastering her skills. She sewed wedding and bridesmaids dresses for her daughter Camie and daughter in-law Stephanie. Brenda also enjoyed taking care of her yard, sharing recipes, playing bridge, and cheering on her beloved Denver Broncos.
Listening and dancing to music were other pastimes of Brenda’s. You could find her listening to music on the radio at home or asking Chuck to take her for a drive with the family so she could go get an ice cream and hear Candlelight and Silver on KLOE in the car. Dancing at the Elks and VFW were special times she shared with her friends, family, and her husband.
Entertaining others with stories was something Brenda did well. She was a wonderful storyteller and loved hearing other people laugh.
Brenda was very active in her family’s lives. She was the type of mother and grandmother who attended all of her children’s and grandchildren’s activities. She loved going to their events and watching them. She was also a defender and protector of the family. Brenda let it be known that when her children had made poor decisions that she would be the one to reprimand them, no one else needed to be involved. And as most of you know, there were more than a few bad decisions between the four children and some of the grandchildren.
Brenda loved living in Goodland and enjoyed being a member of the Sugar Hills Country Club. Brenda and her daughter Camie won the Sweet Sue tournament one year and without a doubt this was one of her fondest memories she held. Some of her other special memories included playing golf with her friends and family and chairing the infamous Sweet Swinger tournament.
Brenda cherished spending time with her husband Chuck. During the last six years she devoted her life to being his primary caregiver. Her love and patience with her husband while he suffered with Alzheimer's knew no boundaries. Chuck preceded her in death by just three short months.
Brenda Arnelle Frankenfeld, 81, passed away on July 20, 2018 at the Kearney Regional Medical Center in Kearney, Nebraska surrounded by her children.
Surviving family members are her children, Chip and his wife Jenny of Sterling, CO; Bruce of Sterling, CO; Camie Schneider and husband Randy of Phillipsburg, KS; John and his wife Stephanie of Denver, CO; Grandchildren, Mike (Melissa) Frankenfeld; Dustin (Amber) Frankenfeld; Kamie (Damien) Wagner; Chris, Matt, and Emily Schneider; Jeff and Ashley Frankenfeld; Great-grandchildren, Taylor and Connor Frankenfeld, Charli and Morgan Frankenfeld; Krissy, Kaden, Kaylee, Korbin, and Kelton Wagner; sister-in-law, Virginia Blain; nieces, Carla Schmidt and Jeri Ann Blain; cousins, Jeff Eberhart, Jill Eberhart County, Mike O’Halloran; and Donna Frankenfeld.
Funeral service will be Friday, July 27, 2018 at 10:30 a.m. MT at Bateman Funeral Home, 211 East 11th Street in Goodland. Interment following service at the Goodland Cemetery. Visitation will be Thursday, July 26, 2018 from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m MT at Bateman Funeral Home.
In lieu of flowers memorial donations may be made to Alzheimer’s Association Walk to End Alzheimer’s -Team Sonny (http://act.alz.org/goto/team_sonny), First Christian Church of Phillipsburg, Prairie Wind Villa of Phillipsburg, and Remembering Ron Schneider Cancer Memorial and may be left at the services or mailed to Bateman Funeral Home, P.O. Box 278, Goodland, KS 67735. Online condolences may be left at www.batemanfuneral.com
Alzheimer's Association Walk to End Alzheimer's - Team Sonny
First Christian Church of Phillipsburg
Prairie Wind Villa of Phillipsburg
Remembering Ron Schneider Cancer Memorial
Phillipsburg KS 67661