Frank E. Lanterman

Frank E. Lanterman 100, of East Stroudsburg, passed away on Monday, February 27, 2023, at his home.
Born February 11, 1923 in East Stroudsburg, the son of the late J. Harold and Freida M. (Wilson) Lanterman. He was a lifelong resident of East Stroudsburg.

Franks is survived by his 3 nieces, Ethel A. Burrows of Laurel, MD Lillian L. Reilly of Clarksville, TN, and Roberta Burrows of Gilbert PA; a nephew Michael R. Smeraldo of Saylorsburg.

He was predeceased by his sister Ethel Lanterman Burrows in 1994.

Frank was a graduate of East Stroudsburg High School with the Class of 1940, Eckels College of Mortuary Science in 1942, Graduate of Pittsburgh Institute of Mortuary Science, Graduate of Churchman's Business College, Easton PA and attended East Stroudsburg University.
Frank enlisted in the United States Navy and served Boot Camp at Sampson Naval Base, Sampson NY in 1943, he served as a Pharmacists Mate at the Sampson Naval Hospital. He then transferred to St Albans Naval hospital, St Albans NY, and was assigned to L.S.I #492 A Pharmacist Mate 1st Class and proceeded to Halifax, Nova Scotia to join a convoy of ships crossing the Atlantic Ocean for Europe in February of 1944. He arrived at our staging base in Plymouth, England awaiting orders for D-Day Invasion. He left Plymouth for Omaha Beach D-Day Invasion June 1944. He arrived 6 hours before H-Hour, took troops and equipment for the invasion, then made a return trip to Plymouth, England with wounded Army Troops and sailors as well as Germany's wounded. He left England for the Liberation of Southern France on L.S. I.#492, Left L.S.I. #492 in Oran, Algeria where he was assigned to Base Hospital #9 in Doran as a Medic in charge of the Morgue as well as overseeing sanitation for all Army and Navy facilities in the city and surrounding area of Greater Doran in 1945. Upon returning to the USA Frank was assigned to the destroyer Escort U.S.S. Durik based in Mayport, FL he was then on Independent Duty as a Pharmacist Mate. Frank was discharged from the Navy in 1946. He did return to Omaha Beach in Normandy, France for the 50th anniversary of the Normandy Invasion in 1994.

Frank's memberships include the George N Kemp Post #346 American Legion, Veterans Of Foreign Wars, Post # 2540, Elks Lodge #319, where he was nominated Elk of The Year for 2022/2023, Antique Auto Club of America, Pocono Mountain Antique Auto Club. Former board member of the East Stroudsburg Salvation Army, East Stroudsburg Savings Bank, Pocono Mountains Exchange Club, Pocono Mountain Chamber of Commerce, Burnely Workshop, Monroe County Historical Association, Monroe County Meals - On- Wheels, National Funeral Director Association, Pennsylvania Funeral Director Association and the Eastern Pennsylvania Funeral Directors Association. He was also the A. Mitchell Palmer Award Winner for 2019.

Frank joined his Father J. Harold Lanterman and his Uncle John Lanterman and his grandmother Lillian Ethel Lanterman in the operating the Lanterman Funeral Home on Washington Street in East Stroudsburg in 1946, The Funeral Home was established in 1870 in its Present location by Frank's Great Grandfather John I. Smith father of his Grandmother. It became known as Raub and Lanterman Funeral Directors and Furniture. J. Howard Lanterman died in 1943 and the funeral home was enlarged in 1946 when Frank joined the business and it became Lanterman Funeral Home until 1986. He had employed Robert Allen in 1967 and made him a partner in 1972, the firm became Lanterman & Allen Funeral Home Inc.

Frank traveled the world starting in 1960 going around the world 2 times. In 1979 when President Nixon opened travel to China, Frank made the trip and again in 1992. Frank continued travels in the USA having visited every state and their capitals. Frank enjoyed the music of the Big Band Area and enjoyed going to Penns Peak in Jim Thorpe for Big Band Shows.

There will be a visitation on Friday March 24th, 2023, from 9:30 am until the time of a memorial service at 11:00am at the East Stroudsburg Presbyterian Church, 55 Smith Street, East Stroudsburg with Pastor Nicole Vogel officiating.
Frank was generous in giving to charities, and in his name, a memorial donation may be given to AWSOM - Animal Welfare Society of Monroe, where he went every day to give the animals treats. PO Box 13, Stroudsburg PA 18360

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Published by Bensing-Thomas Funeral Home on Mar. 2, 2023.