Frances Dorothy Cantrelle

May 15, 1927 ~ December 20, 2021 (age 94)


Frances Dorothy Cantrelle (Suklje) residing on Chincoteague Island for the past 32 years left her battle with Alzheimer’s Disease behind to be with the Lord on December 20th, 2021. She was born in Reading, PA on May 15, 1927 to the late  Mary and John Suklje.  Frances worked for many years as a secretary/bookkeeper for several companies, most recently for Beltone Hearing Aids in Reading.  
Frances was a loving sister, aunt, wife, mother, and grandmother.  Upon retirement Frances made the move to Chincoteague where she was the devoted grandmother to Joseph and Robert Kassab.  She was instrumental in raising her grandsons and they were her source of great joy.  Their outings included the beach, pool, library, soccer games, little league games, basketball, car washes, church events, plays, speeches, and graduations to name a few.  
Frances is survived by her daughter Barbara Bugar (Cantrelle), her grandson Joseph and his wife Madeline, great grandchildren Claire and Rebecca, her grandson Robert, her sister Louise Graybill, and numerous nieces and nephews.  Along with her parents, Frances was preceded in death by her husband Earl Cantrelle, her son-in-law Dennis Bugar, her sisters Catherine Springer, Marguerite Yaklich, Anna Cowdrick, and her brothers Robert Suklje and John Suklje.
A funeral Mass will be held at Saint Andrew the Apostle Catholic Church on Chincoteague Island where Frances was a faithful parishioner on Wednesday, December 29th, 2021 at 11 AM with Father Michael officiating.  She will be buried in Gethsemane Cemetery in Reading, PA alongside her husband Earl Cantrelle on Thursday, December 30th, 2021 at 11 AM.  In lieu of flowers donations can be made to the Alzheimer’s Association, 6350 Center Dr. Suite 102, Norfolk, VA 23502.  Services entrusted to Salyer Funeral Home, Inc. on Chincoteague Island, VA.  Condolences may be made online at

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Funeral Mass
December 29, 2021

11:00 AM
St. Andrews the Apostle Catholic Church
Church Street
Chincoteague Island, VA 23336

December 30, 2021

11:00 AM
Gethsemane Cemetery
3139 Kutztown Road
Reading, PA 19605

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