BALTIMORE, MD. - Selma Frank, 94, a resident of Newport News from 1940 to 1997, died in Baltimore, Md., on May 27, 2010.
She was a native of the Rhinepfalz, Germany, where her family lived for hundreds of years; fled from the Nazis in 1939, spending a year in London, before receiving permission to enter the United States. She came to Newport News to marry Hans Frank, whom she knew as a teenager in Germany. They were married for 62 years. Her first employer in Newport News was Silverman Furs.
Mrs. Frank, along with her husband, who preceded her in death in 2003, owned Frank's Market in the East End of Newport News, during the 1940s-50s. Later, she and her husband were active in real estate until their move to Baltimore. She was a volunteer in the gift shop at Riverside Hospital for many years. Although the family wanted the Franks to move to Baltimore for many years, Mrs. Frank "loved volunteering at the hospital so much that she did not want to leave Newport News," said her daughter, Ellen Lightman. Also, she was an active member of Adath Jeshurun Congregation for nearly six decades.
Mrs. Frank is survived by another daughter, Judy Stieglitz of New York; sons-in-law, Dr. Noah Lightman and Richard Stieglitz; four grandchildren and five great-grandchildren. View and post condolences on our online guestbook at dailypress.com/guestbooks.
Published by Daily Press from Jul. 4 to Jul. 5, 2010.