Shelia (Neidigh) Frankenfield
April 11, 1969 – May 29, 2022
Shelia (Neidigh) Frankenfield, 53, of Manheim, was called home to God on May 29, 2022, after a long, hard-fought battle with breast cancer. She was born on April 11, 1969, in Bellefonte, Pennsylvania to Terry and Donna (Anspauch) Neidigh.
She is survived by her parents, Terry and Donna (Anspauch) Neidigh of Bellefonte, loving husband, Gordon Frankenfield of Manheim, children and grandchildren, sister, Renee (Neidigh) Campbell (Doug) of Wellsville, as well as many nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles, and cousins. She was preceded in death by and now rejoins her maternal and paternal grandparents.
While growing up in Bellefonte, Shelia was surrounded by a loving family and a close-knit circle of friends graduating from Bellefonte High School in 1987 where she made lifelong friends, “The Bellefonte 9.”
After high school, Shelia attended Lock Haven University where she graduated with a Bachelor’s in Social Work. She continued her education at Penn State University where she obtained a Bachelor’s of Science in Nursing, and rounded out her education with a Master’s of Science in Nursing in 2020.
Enlisting in the Air National Guard at the age of 22, she served her country proudly. In 2008, she served in Operation Iraqi Freedom, which later led to a medical retirement in 2009 after 16 years of service. Serving together, she met the love of her life, Colonel Gordon Frankenfield, whom she later married in 2014.
She had expertise in a multitude of career fields but regardless of the duties or the work detail, Shelia went 100% at each and every job, often using her cumulative experience to her advantage. However, no profession could ever replace her favorite role as mother to her three children, Jacob Nieto (Kyra), Olivia Hale (Mason), and Isabella Smeck, and Gigi to her two granddaughters, Sophia and Channing Nieto.
Shelia loved everything about family tradition: remaking her Mema’s famous perogies and orange cookies around the holidays, welcoming friends and family into her home for the Apple Butter Festival, and canning hot peppers. She enjoyed traveling, the beach, and creating memories with her family and friends.
Shelia will be laid to rest with a private burial held at Fort Indiantown Gap, on June 13, 2022, followed by a public Celebration of Life at Fort Indiantown Gap, Building 4-134 from 2:30 – 5pm.
In lieu of flowers, her family asks that you make a contribution to the DAISY foundation in Shelia’s honor, an award she received for her compassionate care in the nursing profession: https://www.daisyfoundation.org/donate.
The Sullivan Funeral Home is honored to serve the Frankenfield family.