ANDOVER -- Frank Schoonover Sr., 75, of Andover Township, died Thursday, Dec. 5, 2013, at Newton Medical Center following a long illness. Born in Swartswood, Frank was a lifelong resident of Sussex County, attending Frankford Public School and Newton High School. He proudly served in the National Guard for eight years. Before his illness forced him into retirement, Frank enjoyed working at Fresh Farms in Green Township. He loved and enjoyed all aspects of being outdoors and enjoying nature. Frank was a long-time member of the Andover Township and Andover Borough fire departments, Sussex County Firemenâ€™s Association, Sussex County Fire Police Association and a life member of the New Jersey State Fire Police. He was a member of the Andover Kiwanis and its 25th president and a member of the Andover Presbyterian Church. A happy and carefree man, he was always up for a cup of coffee, good conversation and lending a helping hand. Frank was predeceased by his foster parents, Theodore and Wilda Utter, and is survived by his loving and devoted wife of 55 years, Dolores (nee Zemencsik), of Andover; two sons, Frank Schoonover Jr., of Andover, and Thomas Schoonover and wife, Marie, of North Carolina; two daughters, Terry-Lee VanAuken and husband, F. Michael, of Newton, and Mary-Lou Schoonover, of Newton; a half-brother, Jacob Spangenburg, of Pennsylvania; his grandchildren, Claire VanAuken and Trevor Hartmann; his step-grandson, Robert Schoonover; and many nieces and nephews. There will be a graveside service at 10 a.m. on Saturday, Dec. 14, at the Tranquility Cemetery on Maple Lane in Green Township followed by a Celebration of Life Service at 11 a.m. at the Newton Presbyterian Church, 54 High St. in Newton. Memorial donations may be made to Lakeland Rescue Squad, P.O. Box 311, Andover, NJ 07821 or Andover Township Fire Department, 625 Limecrest Road, Newton, NJ 07860. Arrangements are under the direction of the Smith-McCracken Funeral Home, 63 High St., Newton. Online condolences may be offered at www.smithmccrackenfuneralhome.com.
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Published in The New Jersey Herald on Dec. 11, 2013