Frances Wentzell

Obituary of Frances Laverne Wentzell


WENTZELL, Frances Laverne – Age 88, of Scarsdale, Lunenburg Co., passed away Friday, March 22, 2024, in South Shore Regional Hospital, Bridgewater, with her family by her side. Born in Barss Corner on September 26, 1935, she was a daughter of the late Dennis and Dorothy (Barkhouse) Moore.


Frances was born into a family of 15 children during the Great Depression.  She learned the value of love, kindness, hard work, and respect for others early in life. These values as well as her strong Faith carried Frances through life.


Frances began her career as a school teacher until the birth of her first child, eventually

becoming a mother to ten children. While raising her family she took employment with New Germany Fruit Company and later in years, Suttles & Seawinds. Frances had a brilliant mind with an impeccable memory for numbers and dates of all occasions. The word was, “ask Frances, she will know.”  She went on to study and became a bookkeeper, meticulously maintaining books for several businesses.


Frances was a fine seamstress, she sewed many quilts with love as well as various articles of clothing, accessories, and doll clothes for the little ones.  She loved her grandchildren dearly and was always there for them.


Renowned for her excellent donuts, Frances was a top-notch country cook. Always cooking for those in need, community events and her large extended family. Such a giving human being in so many ways.


Frances was a faithful volunteer in her community; supporting many fundraising events, volunteering as a Sunday school teacher, church treasurer, baby band leader, youth choir leader, and member of the Parkdale Maplewood church choir.


Frances lived in Scarsdale until her move to Ridgewood Assisted Living 5 years ago. She lived a happy and content life at Ridgewood but always looked forward to family visits and outings.


Frances faced major life challenges and losses but always had a twinkle in her eye and maintained her grace, sense of humour, positive outlook, and faith through it all. “A hundred years from now, it will not matter what was in my bank account, the sort of house I lived in, or the kind of car I drove ... but the future may be different because, I was important in the Life of a Child.”  These words epitomize Frances’ life.


‘Through It All’, Frances’ novel, is her memoir and testimonial. And now these three remain, Faith, Hope, and Love.  But the greatest of these is Love.           1 Corinthians 13


Frances is survived by daughters, Brenda (Lennis) Corkum, Newburne; Frances Silver, Scarsdale; Gaye (Terry) Meisner, Maplewood; Dawn (Kevin) D’Arcy, Scarsdale; Cynthia (Terry) Oickle, Stanburne; Krista (Stephen) Emino, Watford; Madelyn (John) Steele, Riverport; Carla Hirtle, Dublin Shore; Sandra (Darrell) Hardy, Crescent Beach; son, Robert “Andy” (Wendy) Looke, Scarsdale; sisters, Florence Wentzell, Ethel Wentzell, Ellen Wentzell, Marie Perron, Irene Mader and Ardyth Boss; brothers, Douglas Moore and Llewellyn Moore; grandchildren, Jason, Tina, Danielle, Nicki, Shannon, Matthew, Giselle, Megan, Alana, Daniel, Corey, Mark, Emily, Olivia, Camille, Ben, Danica, Jesse, Noah, and Alleah; 21 great-grandchildren; 3 great-great-grandchildren; many nieces and nephews.

Frances was predeceased by her husband, Royce; sisters, Margaret Mansfield, Annie Wood, Hazel Zwicker, and Helen Rennie; brothers, Arthur Moore, and George Moore.

Funeral service will be 1 p.m., Wednesday, March 27, 2024, in Emmanuel Baptist Church of Parkdale-Maplewood, Pastor Sam Jess officiating. Private family interment to follow in Parkdale-Maplewood Community Cemetery. The public is invited to a reception following in Parkdale-Maplewood Community Hall. In lieu of flowers, donations in Frances’ memory may be made to the Emmanuel Baptist Church of Parkdale-Maplewood.

Arrangements entrusted to Sweeny’s Funeral Home, New Germany where online condolences may be made by visiting