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Helen M. Frank

Helen M. Frank

Helen Marie Frank passed away at age 79, in 2010.

Helen was born on February 23, 1931, in Milwaukee, Wis., to Paul and Hedwig Millonig. She received her elementary education degree from Milwaukee State teacher's College in 1953. During the same year, Helen met and married Paul Gandt. They started their family in Medford, Ore. Helen gave birth to two sons, Mark in 1954, and Tom in 1959.

During that same time, Helen taught first grade at Jackson, Oak Grove, and Lone Pine schools in Medford. In between school district jobs, she operated a home kindergarten in the 1960's. Helen and Paul were divorced in the late 1980's. Helen married Warren Frank, of Medford. That union lasted 10 years in the Portland area.

Helen moved to Lincoln City, Ore., where she became a very visible figure in arts and crafts. Over her lifetime she became an excellent potter, weaver, and Japanese brush artist. Helen shared her enthusiasm and creativity with many senior citizens in town.

Helen is preceded in death by her parents; and her second husband, Warren Frank.

She is survived by two sons, Mark Gandt, and Tom (Megan) Gandt, all living in South Lake Tahoe, Calif.; sister, Marge Schantner, of Camp Douglas, Wisc.; brother, Paul Millonig, of Marco Island, Fla.; and many nieces and nephews; her live-in companion, Peter Wagstaff; and ex-husband, Paul Gandt who maintained a lifelong friendship.

A day of remembrance is planned for Sunday, August 15th, at 12:00 p.m., at the Lincoln City Senior Center. Helen's wishes were that no flowers or donations accompany the affair.