Obituaries: Arline Frankowski

Arline (Flanagan) Frankowski, 77, died on October 16, 2016 surrounded by her family’s love and support.  She was born March 11, 1939 in Bristol, Connecticut, the daughter of the late William and Arline (Doyle) Flanagan.  Arline was married to Raymond Frankowski, Sr. for 53 years before his passing in 2011.  She leaves behind a son, Raymond, Jr. and his wife, Diane, and a daughter, Robin Frankowski, all of Bristol.  She is also survived by her three granddaughters: Amber and Coral Frankowski, and Sydney Predmore; a brother-in-law William Hague; a sister-in-law, Linda (Frankowski) Lavigne and her husband Ronald; a brother-in-law Marshall Cutler; and several nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her sister: Dorothy Hague.  She also leaves behind a very close cousin and best friend, Charlene Horbal, who was in touch with Arline almost every day, and her husband Peter of North Adams, MA. Arline graduated from Bristol High School in 1957 and the Certified Nursing Assistance program at Post College.  She had a variety of careers including working as an operator supervisor for SNET, as a CNA for the Bristol VNA and as an aide at the BARC.  She particularly relished her time assisting her clients and made them a strong part of her life.  Arline devoted hours to the care and wellbeing of a variety of animals as she considered them to be fellow inhabitants of our earth.  Her care extended to the adoption of abused and homeless dogs.  She loved music, especially listening to her husband’s band, and was an accomplished artist, enjoying her time as a painter.   Entertaining friends and family, especially pool parties, were highlights in her life.  She spent many joyful years vacationing in Florida with her sister and their families.  Her greatest joy was spending time with her granddaughters whom she adored.  Arline also served her community in numerous ways.  She enjoyed her roles as both a Girl Scout leader and Cub Scout den mother as she was fond of working with youth.  She was most active as a member of the Bristol Lions Club and assumed many leadership roles on both the local and district levels within the organization.  Arline was held in high esteem by her fellow Lions who elected her to numerous club leadership positions, including that of club president.  She also played key roles in establishing the LEO chapter at Bristol Eastern High School as well as the Bristol Lions Low Vision Center in partnership with Bristol Hospital.  On the district level, Arline served as a zone chairperson as well as a chairperson for CRIS Radio, a communications service for her fellow citizens who were sight-impaired.  Along with her husband, Ray, Arline often volunteered for additional assignments in Lions at both the local and district level.  As a couple and as individuals, both personified the spirit of service for the many Lions with whom they came in contact.  In recognition of her many efforts to be of service to others, Arline was honored by the Bristol Lions Club with an Ambassador of Sight award.  Her passion for service as well as her concern for her fellow Lions will be sadly missed by the many Lions she befriended within the local club and around the country.  A celebration of Arline’s life will take place on Saturday (October 22, 2016) at 11 AM at Funk Funeral Home, 35 Bellevue Ave., Bristol.  Burial will follow in St. Joseph Cemetery, Bristol.  Relatives and friends may call at Funk Funeral Home on Friday between 4 and 8 PM.  Memorial donations may be made to the Bristol Lions Club, PO Box 1421, Bristol, CT 06011-1421 or to the Animal Rescue Foundation, 366 Main St., Terryville, CT 06786.  Please visit Arline’s memorial web-site at www.FunkFuneralHome.comfrankowski-arline-prayer-card-etc-photo-001