Rough Week

This has been a very difficult week for me... on top of the usual stress of 18 credit-hours of classes, and the unusual stress of the weeks leading up to the opening of the musical, my paternal grandfather passed away on Tuesday. We were aware that this could likely happen at some point in the near future but I know I at least was not really prepared for it... and added to that the sorrow that he was not (so far as we know) a believer, and I've not had a very good week. I'd appreciate prayers for my family, especially my dad and his brother, as we grieve and work through this. Also I covet prayers for my grandmother, who is suffering from dementia, wanders in her mind a lot, and most likely does not have too much more time in this world.

I'm attaching the obituary Daddy wrote for his father: it says things better than I can.

Rest in Peace, Dad

Andrew Joseph Frank, 84, of Woodbridge, VA died Tuesday, November 3, at Birmingham Green Nursing Home.

Andrew was born on October 2, 1925, in Paterson, NJ. He served in the US Navy during WWII, reaching the rank of Hospitalman Apprentice First Class. He maintained a deep love of the Navy for the rest of his life.

Andrew married the former Alice Berg, of North Haledon, NJ, in 1948. They were a lifelong couple.

He earned his Bachelor of Science in Education from New Jersey State Teachers' College (Paterson, NJ) in 1951 and his Master of Arts (Montclair, NJ) in 1955. He began his teaching career in Florida's elementary schools, working for five years before becoming principal of schools in Nokomis and Sarasota, FL. In 1964 he moved back to New Jersey as principal of West Ridge Elementary School in Park Ridge, where he worked for twenty years, retiring in 1984. He is fondly remembered by thousands of his former students and staff.

Andrew is survived by his wife, Alice, his brother, Robert, his sons, Harry and Michael, and six grandchildren.

A final committal ceremony will be held at Quantico National Cemetery, 18424 Joplin Road (Route 619), Triangle, VA, on November 17th, 2009, at 11:00 a.m. Donations in lieu of flowers should be sent to the Navy Memorial: 701 Pennsylvania Avenue, N.W., Suite 123, Washington, D.C. 20004-2608, or

(Daddy says: I'm not sure when this [photo] was taken, but it's how I remember my dad looking when I was one of the kids in his school.)


  1. ***hugs*** What a tough week. Know you're in my prayers.

  2. I'm so sorry, Gillian. I'll be praying for you and your family.

  3. Praying for you Gillian! so sorry for your loss xxxxxxxxxxx


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