Franklin R. Schade
Franklin Ross Schade passed away on January 13, 2024 while in hospice care at Lions Gate Continuing Care Community in Voorhees, NJ. He was 98 years old.
Frank was born in Toronto, Canada to Carl and Enid Schade. The second of three children, he outlived his siblings Robert and Mary Lou. The family moved to Detroit when he was a baby and then to the NY/NJ area. He attended Cranford High School, where he learned to love art and music and developed his talents in these fields. He graduated high school in 1942, and in anticipation of being drafted into World War II, spent a fifth year of high school at The Choate School.
After high school Frank spent three years in the U.S. Marine Corp as a radio operator in the South Pacific. After returning from the war, Frank studied at Temple University’s Tyler School of Art and received an art teaching degree. Rather than teaching, he pursued a career in commercial art. His working life was spent at numerous art studios and advertising agencies in NYC.
He met Rosalind (Roz) Gagliardi in college. They graduated in 1951 and were married in 1952. They raised their family in Croton-on-Hudson, Montrose, and Peekskill, NY. In 1971 they bought a summer house on Dale Island in Lake Winnipesaukee. Frank and Roz retired early, in 1985, and moved to Doylestown, PA to be closer to their children and grandchildren, spending half of each year at the Lake. They moved to Ormond Beach, FL in 1997 and then to Voorhees, NJ in 2012. Throughout their life together, Roz and Frank took on many house renovation challenges and spent thousands of hours making their homes beautiful for their family and friends to enjoy with them.
Frank had an amazing sense of humor and could make anyone feel comfortable when talking with them. He was a very talented and prolific artist and left behind many wonderful paintings and drawings. He was also a gifted musician, able to play piano by ear, and loved playing and listening to stride piano and jazz.
Frank is survived by his children Suzanne (and Dan) Gulbins, Michael (and Rachel) Schade, and four grandchildren Philip Schade (and Rachel Wiseman), Timothy Schade (and Narine Atamian), Taylor (and Rachel) Gulbins, and Baely Gulbins. Roz passed away in April 2020, of COVID.
Relatives and friends are welcome to a memorial service to celebrate the lives of Frank and Roz at 11 AM, Saturday, January 27 at the Kain Murphy Funeral Home, 15 West End Avenue, Haddonfield, NJ. Many of Frank’s paintings will be on display and available for anyone who would like to take one home.