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Obituary for Frank S. Gartner

May 15, 2019
Horsham, Pennsylvania


Frank S. Gartner, of Horsham, passed away surrounded by his family on Wednesday, May 15, 2019 at the age of 90. Beloved husband of Grace L. (nee Baxter); loving father to his daughter Linda Bruno (Michael LeMaitre) and Barbara Ehlmann (Mark); cherished Poppy of Jennifer Spadaro (Vincent), Kimberly Ehlmann, Stephanie Ehlmann (Matthew Weaver), and Mark Ehlmann Jr.; loving great grandfather of Dominick Spadaro; and caring brother of the late Joseph Gartner, the late Henry Gartner, and Robert Gartner (Patricia); and loving uncle of many nieces and nephews.

Born in 1928, Frank spent his early years in Cheltenham Township, playing baseball with his friends and creating a lifelong passion for the sport. He met his wife Grace in 1947 at a football game and they were married in 1950 at the Holy Nativity Episcopal Church of Rockledge.

During their first year of marriage, Frank served in the United States Army, stationed in Camp Carson, CO as part of the Engineer Construction Battalion. He kept in touch with Grace regularly through letters she has saved for the past 68 years.

Through the next three decades of his life, Frank successfully ran his Texaco station at York Rd. and Welsh Rd. in Abington, in partnership with Grace's brother Charles Baxter Jr. He once said, "Half the customers come here because of Charlie and the other half come here because of me. And that's what makes this business work."

In his free time, Frank and Grace vacationed in the Poconos with Linda and Barbara, permanently relocating to Pocono Pines from Hatboro in 1984 when he retired. Always with a shot of Canadian Club whiskey or a cold Schaefer beer in his hand, Frank spent his free time hunting deer, traveling the country with Grace in their RV and taking his grandchildren on hayrides through his part-time employer, Mr. Wagner's grounds. Never far from his tool bench, Frank spent hours building wooden keepsakes for his family and friends.

When the cold weather hit, Frank and Grace flew south for the winter to their residence in Bradenton, Florida. They lived at Tropical Gardens and Plantation Village for 15 years, regularly spending time with close friends Doris and Ray, Fran and Helen.

In 1997, Frank decided he was too far away from the Philadelphia Phillies and he and Grace returned to Horsham, PA, where he lived the rest of his life. Grace and Frank were members of the United Methodist Church of Horsham.

Relatives and friends are invited to share in Frank's Life Celebration on Tuesday, May 21, 2019 beginning at 10:00AM followed by his Funeral Service at 11:00AM at Craft/Givnish of Abington 1801 Old York Road. Abington, PA 19001. Interment Whitemarsh Memorial Park. In lieu of flowers memorial contributions in Frank's memory made to the Abington Heath Foundation or the American Kidney Fund would be greatly appreciated.

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