We are sad to announce the passing of Madalene T. Frankum on Feb. 20, 2023, in Milford, Ohio, where she had resided for the last eight years. Surrounded by her three children and daughter-in-law, she died peacefully of natural causes at nearly 101 years of age.
Madalene grew up in Vincennes, Indiana, the daughter of Walter and Mildred Tharp.
She was quite the high school athlete, specializing in diving on her swim team and serving as captain of her cheer squad. It’s there that she met her lifelong love, Ed Frankum, who was a four-sport star. Madalene lived a charmed life as the wife of an airline pilot/executive. They traveled the world together, and even lived in Cairo, Egypt, at the foot of the Sphinx and Giza Pyramids. After returning to the U.S., Madalene and Ed eventually settled in Manhasset, New York, where she became the homemaker par excellence for the next 50 years. Madalene joined her husband on the golf course at Nassau Country Club and as crew on their racing sailboat at Manhasset Bay Yacht Club. She was also an active member of Manhasset’s Congregational Church and of the DAR. But her ultimate passion and pride was in her mastering the game of bridge. It kept her mind sharp and competitive spirit intact into her late 90s.
Madalene was predeceased by her husband in 2008.
She is survived by her three children, Stephanie Robich (husband, Dennis), Barbara Boyle, and JEF Frankum (wife, Mary); eight grandchildren, Mark Robich (children, Chloe and Channing), Scott Boyle, Jeffrey Boyle (wife, Nisha, children Mia and Dylan), Steven Boyle (wife Dana, children, Hudson and Presley), Lindsay Frankum (child, Madeline), and Jim Frankum (wife, Shannon).
Madalene will be interred at the Memorial Park Cemetery in Vincennes, joining her husband, parents and extended family.