Frank L. Beppler, Jr.

Frank L. Beppler, Jr., Pittston Twp, and Lake Ariel passed away Thursday in the VA Medical Center, Wilkes-Barre, after an illness. His wife of 68 years is the former Nancy Stenzhorn.

Born in 1934 in Scranton, he was the son of the late Frank Sr. and Gladys Kizer Beppler and was a graduate of the former Scranton Technical High School.   Frank had been a lifelong member of the Myrtle Street United Methodist Church, Scranton, and later was a faithful member of the Forty Fort United Methodist Church.   He served honorably in the United States Army as a helicopter mechanic.  He was the owner of the Frank Beppler Plumbing and Heating Company.   Frank was active in the Masonic fraternity.  He was a loyal and proud member and Past Master of the former Green Ridge Lodge F&AM #597, where he was a 32-degree Mason.  Frank was also a member of the Keystone Consistory, the Irem Shrine, Knights of Pythias, and the Junior Mechanics.

Frank and Nancy enjoyed traveling and were able to expand their travels after Frank’s retirement.  With their 5th wheel trailer and Dodge Ram pickup, they visited all 48 of the lower states and parts of Canada; an accomplishment they were very excited to achieve.  In addition, they visited Alaska and Hawaii; took many cruises and made visits to the Middle East and Italy. Frank never met a person with whom he could not strike up a conversation.  

Also surviving are his children Laurie Beppler of Bradenton, FL, Diane Beppler of Swarthmore, PA, Stephen Beppler and his wife Barbara of La Mesa, CA, and Amy Staab and her husband Daniel of Reading, PA; grandchildren Amanda Dixon and her husband Caleb and Ian Beppler; great-grandchildren Aleena and Landry Dixon; nieces and nephews; countless friends.

He was preceded in death by his sister, Gloria Bronson, and brother, Charles “Chic” Beppler.

Masonic services will be held Monday, July 8, at noon at the Vanston & James Funeral Home, 1401 Ash St. Scranton, PA.   Funeral services will immediately follow and will be officiated by Rev. Richard Bradshaw, pastor of the Forty Fort United Methodist Church.

Friends may call Monday morning from 11 am until the time of the service.    

Interment, Dunmore Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, the family strongly encourages memorial contributions to be made in Frank’s honor to the Forty Fort United Methodist Church 26 Yeager Ave. Kingston, PA 18704 or to the

Shriners Children’s Hospital 3551 N. Broad St., Philadelphia, PA 19140, or by visiting

It is important that when donating online please click Philadelphia in the last section of the donation page which is the “Direct my gift to a location OR program” section. This will ensure donations go to the Shriners Hospital in Philadelphia.


  1. Brenda Grunza

    Such an incredible man- kind, loving and funny! Prayers for your family. Wishing you comfort and peace at this time of sorrow. Forever in our hearts.

    The song is ended but the melody lingers on. ~Irving Berlin

  2. Michael Stine


    I am so sorry to learn of Frank’s move into eternity. He was such a kind and good man. It is my hope and prayer that he ended his time in this world peacefully. I know he was held in the hearts of you and the rest of the family. May your you rest in peace as you await the day of reunion known as the Resurrection. Take care, “Mom”! Love, the former Pastor Michael

  3. Sis Murphy

    Sorry for your loss.

  4. Camille Trosclair

    What a legacy of hard work, church, service to others and family.
    His tenacity and strong convictions were passed down to his kids who carry on that legacy.
    The strong message of family and eternal love for his wife was evident.
    Frank was always welcoming and could sense a strong pride in the accomplishments of his kids. Sorry to see you go but “ a job well done” a faithful servant.

  5. Tracy and ARlene Gentry

    Nancy, so thankful that we met in Winter Quarters and became friends from day one. We loved you guys and thinking of you today, tomorrow and always.

  6. Linda Smith

    So many great memories with both of you at lake Ariel. Love and prayers to you and family

  7. Lori Peoples

    Frank and Nancy were the kindest, landlords ever! I rented the first floor of Wheeler Ave for a few years and Frank was always kind and smiling. My condolences to his family at this time.

  8. Susan L Costanzo

    Nancy and family,

    I am away at this time, but as per Angelo’s pattern, I read the obituary page faithfully. I am sorry for your great loss. And I still miss everyone at 311 North Main Avenue.

  9. Charles and Dawn Kraintz

    So very sorry to hear of Frank’s passing. We will miss his welcoming smile and bolero ties! But most important our chats after church.

  10. Kate Wilson

    My deepest condolences to the entire family of Frank. I hope that your cherished memories will bring you comfort and strength during this difficult time.

  11. susan simon

    Sending our expressions of sympathy. Frank was truly a wonderful person. May your good memories together give you strength and peace. You and your family are in our thoughts and prayer.

    Joe and Sue Simon

  12. Robert Edmondson Jr.

    Nancy & family,
    We were so very sorry to hear of Franks passing. Many years of friendship, gatherings at the lake, cruise ship vacations, church dinners & any other get-togethers come to mind with memories full of laughter & fun. Keeping you all in our prayers during this time of sorrow. Rest in peace Frank.

    Robert Edmondson & family

  13. Bill Davis

    Farewell my brother. I always enjoyed chatting with you at church. May you rest in peace. Nancy was always by your side. Your family was blessed and you will be missed by all who knew you.

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