Dolores "Dodie" Lee Fraunfelter, age 90 of Amanda, passed away Thursday, April 7, 2022, at Pickaway Manor. She was born May 12, 1931, in Circleville, to the late Lawrence and Mary (Heeter) Shaffer.
She is survived by her daughters, Peggy Ann Hendrix, of Circleville and Susan Noble, of Spring Valley, Ohio; grandchildren, Christopher (Brittany) Kirby, Kiel (Jamie) Noble, and Amanda Gunn; great grandchildren, Darian Keith and Alivia Kirby, Lane, Hudson, and Sawyer Noble, and Cody Gunn; brother, Robert (Mildred) Shaffer, of Pataskala; niece, Rise and nephew, Rudy.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, James E. "Ferd" Fraunfelter; son, James E. Fraunfelter Jr.; sisters, Jean (Chick) Stoneburner, and Hazel (Grant) Thomas; great granddaughter, Ava Grace Gunn.
Dodie attended high school at Summit Station where she was a member of the band. She attended 4H camp as a child and later became a 4H instructor in the years that followed. She taught Bible School at the Amanda Presbyterian Church where she was a member for over 60 years and worked with her parents on their 50-cattle dairy farm when she was growing up in Licking County. Not only did she work on the family farm, she also worked for other farmers in the area due to the fact that she could operate any tractor that a farmer owned.
Dodie was married at the age of 17 to James Fraunfelter and they started their own farm just outside of Amanda. They built their house together from the ground up out on Cincinnati-Zanesville Road. She served as a band mother at Amanda High School and was a founding member of the Cub Scouts and Boy Scouts troops in the Amanda area, as well as the Campfire Girls who had their meetings at her house. They hosted a weekly football game out back on their property with the country boys playing the city boys. She enjoyed singing and performing a number of duets with her husband and was the choir director at their church for 20 years. She enjoyed her yard, flower and vegetable gardens, and always canning the fruits of her harvest. She loved to sew and made the cheerleaders' uniforms at Amanda H.S. for years, as well as the clothes for her children.
She was a member of the Republican Central Committee for over 20 years, and the Fairfield Republican Executive Committee for 5 years. She cherished her personal phone call at her house from President Reagan, congratulating her and thanking her for all her efforts with the Republican Party through the years.
She took landscaping classes at The Ohio State University to help understand more the workings and beatification of her own property. She and her husband had a place in the Long Keys in Florida for a number of years, and she and Ferd built their own house there also. She was a member of the local Methodist church in Florida and was the choir director for quite some time.
Funeral service will be held at 2:00 p.m. Thursday, April 14, 2022, at Taylor-Theller Funeral Home with Chaplain Jeff Taylor officiating. Interment will follow at Amanda Township Cemetery. Friends may call from noon until the time of the service Thursday at the funeral home.
In lieu of flowers, the family would like contributions payable to "Dayton Children's Hospital" in memory of Dodie and in honor of her great granddaughter, Ava Grace Gunn by mailing them in care of Taylor-Theller Funeral Home, P.O. Box 176, Amanda, OH 43102.