Colleen Frankenbach

Obituary of Colleen Frankenbach

Colleen M. Frankenbach,  87, of Southampton died on Wednesday, June 14th, 2017 at the Westhampton Care Center. Colleen is survived by her children Susan Steinke and her husband John, Lisa McWilliams, and Bill Frankenbach and his fiancĂ© Peggy Moeller, her grandchildren Jameson McWilliams Haight and her husband Mike, William Steinke, Kristen Steinke and Paul McWilliams, as well as many extended family members and dear friends. Colleen was married to her beloved husband Bill for 58 years before his passing in 2011.

Colleen Audrey Moore was born on April 25, 1930 in Flushing, NY to Edward and Louise Moore. Together with her parents and sister Lucille, Colleen spent summers in Southampton Shores before eventually moving to Southampton fulltime. Colleen's parents owned The Park Hotel, a bar, restaurant and inn across from Agawam Park, and it was here waiting tables that Colleen met Bill and their love affair began.
Colleen married Bill on June 20th, 1953 at St. John's Church in Southampton and they subsequently welcomed their three children. She attended Adelphi University for two years, then became a representative in the commercial department of the New York Telephone Company in Southampton. In 1962 Colleen and Bill opened William A. Frankenbach Garden Center and Christmas Shop where they both worked tirelessly until 1995. Colleen went on to run a small Bed and Breakfast from their home on Post Crossing in Southampton Village, which she enjoyed tremendously. Decorating their home for Christmas was one of the Frankenbach's favorite traditions.
Colleen was a deeply spiritual woman and was a member of St. Mary's Church in Hampton Bays and St. John's Church in Southampton. She enjoyed spending her Sundays after church driving down on the beach, a tradition she savored for almost 60 years. Colleen also enjoyed her volunteer work and civic participation with organizations like the March of Dimes, the Southampton Chamber of Commerce, and most notably the Southampton Village Memorial and Veteran's Day services and the July 4th Parade. Colleen was a natural hostess, and loved socializing with her friends. She also loved travelling, especially vacationing in the Caribbean.
Colleen loved her community and her country, her many friends, her loving husband, and especially her family and she will be so greatly missed.