Helene Maurina Frankwich, a Latvian immigrant and community activist, died of heart failure Friday at the Long Island Geriatric Center after a brief illness. She was 89.
The former Baltimore resident lived in Garden City, Long Island, for the last 20 years. A graduate of Latvia Junior College with a degree in business, she was active in community and church organizations. Mrs. Frankwich worked with the scholarship fund for the Grandmothers' Club, and was a member of the Garden City Community Church and Garden City Community Club. An avid bridge player, she was also a member of the Garden City Country Club.
Born in Grobin, Latvia, she and her husband, Alexander C. Frankwich, immigrated to Baltimore in 1926, where they lived until 1967 when they moved to New York. Her husband worked as an engineer at Western Electric in Baltimore until 1967, and later worked as a Long Island high school teacher until his retirement in 1987.
In addition to her husband, she is survived by a son, Vernon T. Frankwich of Woodbridge, Conn.; a daughter, Helga Frankwich Crosby of Garden City; four grandchildren; and a great-grandson.
Memorial services will be held Saturday at the Garden City Community Church on Stewart Avenue in Long Island. The family suggested contributions to the Garden City Community Church Music board.