Father Fortune C. Frenoy, SM, of Camden, New Jersey, died Friday, November 21, 2014 at Good Shepherd Nursing Home in Wheeling surrounded by their caring staff and his brother priests of the Society of Mary at the age of 87.
He is the son of Fortune C. Frenoy, Sr., and Marthe Rollin. Father Frenoy was predeceased by a brother, Louis, and sisters, Eleanore and Claire.
He is survived by a niece, Suzanne Scanlon of New Jersey, grand nephew Brian Scanlon of Connecticut, and grand niece Audrey Cavanaugh of New Jersey and several great grand nieces and a great grand nephew. He is also survived by his brothers in the Society of Mary.
Father Frenoy decided to study for the priesthood while in high school and entered the Marist Minor Seminary in Penndel, Pennsylvania, in 1942 and made his profession of religious vows in 1948. His theological studies took him to Rome to earn degrees in theology at the Pontifical Gregorian University (STB & STL) in 1954, and where he was ordained to the Catholic priesthood for the Marists.
Father Frenoy did advanced studies at the Institute Catholique de Paris, France, (Deploma), Tulane University, New Orleans, (M.A., education); Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, (M.A., French); University of Colorado, Boulder; University of Detroit; Fairfield University, Connecticut; University of Alabama; and Boston College. His teaching assignments included theology, adolescent psychology, Latin, French language and culture, and he also served as guidance counselor at the Marist schools in Atlanta and Cleveland.
Father Frenoy’s parish assignments took him to Georgia, Louisiana, West Virginia and Florida. Father Frenoy is also a former chaplain at Good Shepherd Nursing Home, his last official assignment.
Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated in the Chapel at Good Shepherd December 2 with Father John Beckley, SM, as celebrant. Interment was in Mt. Calvary Cemetery in Wheeling.
In lieu of flowers, memorial gifts to the Marist Community Support Fund, 5 Marist Center, 4408 8th St, NE, Washington, D.C. 20017 are preferred.