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R. Arlene (Tappe) Frohnapfel

Posted By DeBord-Snyder Funeral Home & Crematory On March 27, 2013 @ 5:03 pm In Obituaries | 19 Comments

R. Arlene (Tappe) Frohnapfel, 72, of New Martinsville, WV, entered eternal peace with the Lord on snowy white angel wings, on Monday, March 25, 2013. She was the loving wife of Charles E. Frohnapfel to whom she was married for 51 years.

She was born in Warwood, WV to the late Charles and Doretta Tappe.

Arlene was a member of the St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Proctor, WV where she was the organist and choir director.

She was president and owner of Aloette Cosmetics of Lancaster and formerly opened the first chapter of Nar-Anon in New Martinsville, WV.

Her favorite hobby was spending time with her loving family on her beloved Frohnapfel farm.

In addition to her husband she is survived by daughters; Lisa Vollrath, Jody Sutton (wife of Gregg), Krista Sultzbach (wife of Ty), Erika Wolf (wife of Rick), Laurissa States, and son; C. Dean Frohnapfel (husband of Kim); 18 grandchildren; 5 great-grandchildren and many nieces and nephews. She is also survived by her older brother Charlie Tappe. She was preceded in death by her sister Johanna Brown.

Relatives and friends are respectfully invited to attend a Memorial Service at LCBC Church, 2392 Mount Joy Road, Manheim, PA 17545 on Saturday April 13, at 11:00 a.m. with Sonja Waltman officiating. Friends may greet the family on Saturday from 9:00 a.m. until the time of the service.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in her memory to St. Joseph’s Catholic Church at RR 1, Proctor, WV 26055.

Condolences for the family of “R. Arlene (Tappe) Frohnapfel”

Condolence from Lisa Vollrath on March 27th, 2013 9:04 pm

Mother, my heart is so heavy. I just want you to know how much you are loved and how very much you ard missed. I am hoping Dad can go on…56 yrs is a lot of years…but we will watch out for him. Please tell my Gran and Aunt Jo how much i love them!

Condolence from Robert Hoffman on March 27th, 2013 10:40 pm

Eika, Colleen and I send our condolences. I know how hard it to lose someone like your mother. Keep your head up, it will get better.

Condolence from Bonnie Ressler Johnson on March 28th, 2013 9:30 am


I’m so sorry to learn of Arlene’s passing. Fran just sent me the obituary otice. I have so many happy and funny memories of Arlene, Lisa and Krista from Aloette seminars. I know how much she loved ALL of you and what a loss she will be to everyone who knew and loved her. You are all in my thoughts and prayers.
Bonnie Ressler Johnson

Condolence from Gary Eller on March 28th, 2013 11:09 am

Arlene was one of the most remarkable women I have known. It’s an overused phrase, but in Arlene’s case it is true to say she was bigger than life. Life was never dull around her. A quote of the French writer Emile Zola applies to Arlene: “If you ask me what I came to do in this world, I will tell you, I came to live out LOUD.” I’ll really miss her. Sent with love and prayers to Chuck and his amazing family.

Condolence from Adriane Jacoby Witthuhn on March 28th, 2013 1:20 pm

Sending our love, prayers and deepest condolences. Alan and Adriane Witthuhn

Condolence from Jackie Klopp on March 28th, 2013 3:24 pm

I was so saddened & shocked to hear of your wife/mother’s passing. Oh..the memories I have of the fun years we had in Aloette and the meetings held in your home. Arlene was such an encourager to me, and she will not be forgotten. You are all in my thoughts & prayers, and I wish you God’s peace, comfort and love as you adjust to a new chapter in your lives.

Condolence from Melody Edwards on March 28th, 2013 6:29 pm

Most important this message is for the Husband who is grieving the loss of his soulmate of 56 years then to my Best Friend Lisa and her family.

There are no real words of comfort at a time such as this so to each of you I say take your time in this grief process and in your heart be at peace knowing you all will arrive at acceptance at different times and in differnt ways. Just be there to support each other because you all have either a little or a lot of Arlene in you and she would not want it any other way then for her family to come together to celebrate the passing of her life for an enternal life with God. You all should be proud of the Wife, Mother, Grandmother, Great Grandmother and Sister who will always be funny, smart, loving, caring, yet able to tell you like it is even when you didn’t want to hear it and those days are not over because while someone so powerful may not be here visually they are always in your heart and she will never miss a beat to let you know how very much she loves you all.

All My Love to the family of
Arlene ( Tappe) Frohnapfel
My heart is with you all

Melody Edwards

Condolence from James C. and Tina M. Estep on March 30th, 2013 2:15 am

On behalf of myself, my wife Tina and all the family members of the Clement Walter and Emma (Frohnapfel) Estep Family, our condolences to your family on the loss of a most wonderful lady, Arlene. It was a pleasure meeting her and other Adolph Frohnapfel Family Members at the last reunion. You will all be in our prayers.

Condolence from Dawn Clay on March 31st, 2013 3:08 pm

Arlene worked at the giant in Centerville
, where i currently work. She was such a great person. I will never forget the xmas parties there that she organized. She always made it so much fun for everyone. Memories last a lifetime… thank you Arlene…. may you rest in peace.

Condolence from Kris Trainer on April 1st, 2013 10:30 am

My sincere condolences to Arlene’s family. She and Chuck were long-time members of the Lancaster Nar Anon family and were always encouraging to other family members in the group. Arlene had a “bigger than life” personality (I can still hear her laugh)and she touched many lives with her generosity. Her family will be in our prayers.

Lancaster Nar Anon Family Group

Condolence from Tammy Rhodes on April 1st, 2013 4:32 pm

Chuck and family,
i have many fond memories of Arlene. She worked with me at Giant also and she was always such an inspiration and someone I could talk to about everything. She had a great gift of listening and giving advice when needed. Yes, she would always tell you like it is whether you wanted to hear it or not. I truly will miss her and may she rest in peace.
Tammy Rhodes

Condolence from Flo (slaven) McRae on April 2nd, 2013 9:30 am

Wish I could be there to be part of the celebration of Arlene’s life .She was smart funny and always real.After Aloette I saw her in Palm Coast and in Pa.She was always the same,big smile,full out and talking about her family.
I know you will all miss her but step up,stay together and take care of your Dad.
Make her proud!

Condolence from Sandy Shealy on April 2nd, 2013 10:11 am

My sincere condolences to Arlene’s family. I knew her through Aloette and although its been years since I have seen her, she was the kind of person you never forget! Funny, kind, happy and welcoming are the words that come to mind when I think of her. I know she will be greatly missed.

Condolence from Chris and Charley Dolan on April 2nd, 2013 11:45 am

Our sincere condolences to Arlene’s family. We both knew Arlene through Aloette and can never forget her beautiful smile and warming presence. For this reason, she will never leave us.

Condolence from Pat & Larry Presley on April 2nd, 2013 12:06 pm

Chuck and family,
We are so sorry to hear of your loss. We loved Arlene very much. She changed our lives in an awesome way. She will be missed. She was one great lady and it was our delight to have known her!
Love and prayers,
Larry & Pat

Condolence from Judy and frank cook on April 2nd, 2013 3:06 pm

Chuck and family,
So sorry to hear about Arlene. What great memories we have of her and our Aloette times!
May the peace of our Lord and Savior be your rock today and in the days ahead. She was one delightful woman. Love and blessings Judy and Frank Cook

Condolence from Nan and brad Reynolds on April 2nd, 2013 8:00 pm

Dear cuck and family, nan and I were so saddened to read of Arlene ‘s passing. Nan goes Way back with Arlene(and family),having been a primary babysitter in the late sixties. I even accompanied her on several occasions . I believe we attended most ,if not all weddings! Arlene was a PISTOL!, but Chuck could also give as good as he got! They say behind every good man is a good women. This was certainly true in Arlene and Chuck’s case. We know this will be a difficult time for the entire family. May the many fond memories you have ,help to sustain you now during this difficult period. We look forward to the life celebration for Arlene on the 13th. Please accept sincere sympathies on your loss. Warmest Regards, Nan and Brad

Condolence from Robin and Jerry Kurland on April 6th, 2013 12:12 pm

Dear Chuck and family,
We are so sorry to hear of Arlene’s death. A ray of sunshine has left this world, but we are certain she is shining brightly in the arms of her Lord. Arlene has been a gift of joy to all who have spent any time with her. We surely enjoyed knowing her during the St. Anne/ St John Neuman days, as well as our joyful meetings at Giant. Time talk and tears will help, but we are sure that happy memories of Arlene will cement all of you together and give you strength.
You are in our thoughts and prayers.
Love to all of you, Jerry and Robin

Condolence from Karen Nelson on April 13th, 2013 1:01 pm

Chuck and family:
I remember Arlene best for the time we were at traffic club and Chuck bid on the slot machine and she was so excited.
She will be missed, but I know how much she was loved.
I was over at LCBC but I have a pinched nerve in my back and didn’t think I could walk to go inside and decided to come home and send your family a note.
Jody, I would of loved to see you again. Please call me sometime when you are here in Lancaster, I’m in the book.
I am so sorry for your loss.
You are in my thoughts and prayers
Karen Nelson

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