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LaVerne "Frankie" Ann Zehrung

LaVerne "Frankie" Ann (Frankenstein) Zehrung passed away peacefully on Wednesday, January 18th, 2023 at the age of 79. She was born on Jan 2, 1944, to Nile and Betty Jane Frankenstein in Seattle, Washington, and was raised in Sonora California. A graduate of Sonora High School in 1957, she met her future husband Bob at a burger joint. She studied nursing at a local Junior College and is a proud Alumnus of the Chico State University Nursing Program, graduating with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing.

Frankie's first jobs included school nurse and public health nurse. She married Robert "Bob" L. Zehrung in 1964, in Standard, CA and settled in Vallejo, CA.

In 1970, the young family moved to Shelton, WA where Frankie worked at Mason General Hospital in OBGYN and Emergency departments for 40+ years. She retired to spend more time with family and volunteering.

Frankie enjoyed exploring, reading, museums, hiking, camping, skiing and traveling. In later years she especially enjoyed musicals and the theater. She cherished competing in Mason County Literacy's annual Spelling Bee and was active in volunteer tourism and other charitable organizations supporting nature conservation and historical preservation.

A world traveler, Frankie was especially excited to work with scientists in studying sea turtles, dolphins and whales; supporting Vatican work in translating historic medical journals; and assisting with archeological digs at Hadrian's Wall in England and the Olduvai Gorge in Tanzania.

Frankie was preceded in death by her parents, Nile and Betty Jane Frankenstein, and by her husband of 32 years, Bob who passed in 1996.She is survived by her son, Rod Zehrung of Marana AZ; her daughter and son-in-law Rebecca and Omendra Jayasundara of Fife WA; grandchildren, Jasmine and Tharaka Jayasundara and her brother, Tim Frankenstein of Twain Harte, CA.

Following her wishes there will be no service. If you wish to celebrate her, think of her while doing one of the following: Read a book, take a child to a museum, or just get outside and enjoy the world around us. If you wish to honor her, consider donating to one of the organizations she supported: Earth Watch:, Ocean Conservancy:, or the Disabled American veterans:


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