Theodore W. “Ted” Frentzel, Jr. - Spicer-Mullikin Funeral Homes & Crematory

Theodore W. “Ted” Frentzel, Jr.

December 2, 1944 - July 12, 2023

Theodore W. “Ted” Frentzel, Jr., age 78, of Newark, DE, passed away on Wednesday, July 12, 2023.

Born in Covington, KY, on December 2, 1944, he was a son of the late Theodore W. and Elizabeth (Stratton) Frentzel, Sr. Ted was a proud graduate of the University of Cincinnati and worked as a mechanical engineer at DuPont for 49 years until his retirement.

Ted had a passion for knowledge and loved to learn about history, geography, and genealogy. Known as “Mr. Fix-It”, he loved to do home improvements and work with his hands. Above all, Ted cherished his time spent with his family and attending his grandchildrens’ sporting events.

In addition to his parents, Ted was preceded in death by his brother, Don Frentzel. He is survived by his loving wife of 46 years, Donna (Anderson) Frentzel; children, Matthew Frentzel (Diane), Jason Frentzel, and Jonathan Frentzel (Kristen); sister, Bonita Frentzel; and grandchildren, Kyle, Kurt, Annabelle, Zoe, and Edison.

A visitation for family and friends will be held from 10 am until 11 am on Thursday, July 27, 2023, at Spicer-Mullikin Funeral Home, 121 West Park Place, Newark, DE, where a memorial service will begin at 11 am. Interment will be held privately.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Ted’s memory to the American Cancer Society, P.O. Box 6704, Hagerstown, MD 21741  or online by clicking here or to the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, P.O. Box 22324, New York, NY 10087 or online by clicking here.


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24 Condolences for Theodore W. “Ted” Frentzel, Jr.

  • Frentzel Family,
    We are so sorry for your loss, as Ted was always a welcoming neighbor. If my father didn’t have the tool, Ted was the first he would ask. He always provide his advice in a different perspective to help with any challenges. You are in our prayers in this time of need.
    The Strickland’s

  • We are so sorry to hear of Ted’s passing. He was such a such a courageous and lalented man. I know you were proud of him. Keep all the wonderful memories close to your heart.

    Sue & Bill Emmons

  • So sorry to hear. He was a kind father figure for Adam. A warm and wonderful fellow. Condolences.

  • My deepest sympathies to you and your family.

  • I am very sorry for your loss. Although, I haven’t seen Ted for years I remember him as a very likable and very smart guy. It is so nice to hear that he had such a good and happy family life.
    May he rest in peace.

  • Condolences to the Frentzel family, in particular Jonathan who was my son Adam’s best high school friend. Together they built the best tree houses in Ridgewood Glen. Why? Because working with hand tools was in both their DNA.

  • Mr. Frentzel was an inspiring DYI builder, always allowed Jon’s friends to use his tools to build Frankenstein bicycles, was the best chaperone on the high school Greece trip (we got to rent motor scooters) and made sure every house in Ridgewood Glen had a copy of The News Journal by 6 am in the 1990s! He will be missed-

  • I’m so sorry for your loss, my thoughts and prayers are with all of you!

  • Frentzel family,

    I’m very sorry to hear about your dad. He was a great man and I have wonderful memories of him from back when we were kids. I remember talking with him about engineering back when I was trying to figure out what I wanted to study in college. He was always smiling, and I’m sure he was very proud knowing he raised a great family. May he rest in peace.

    Cromer Family

  • We are so so sorry for your loss and we have been thinking about you all so much,
    Alison, Nick, Robin and Dottie

  • I was deeply saddened to hear about the passing of Theo. He was not just my friends dad but also a remarkable figure who left a lasting impression on all those who had the privilege of knowing him. He came up from humble means and persevered to become a remarkable engineer but more importantly a good human. I want to extend my heartfelt condolences to the family during this difficult time.

    Theo’s presence and unwavering support have left an indelible mark on so many lives, including mine. His quirky yet genuine way of caring and providing words of wisdom was truly special. Without his guidance and encouragement, I might not have found my way to VT, and for that, I will always be grateful.

    As a father, Theo was a shining example of what it means to be engaged and dedicated and I have had the opportunity and pleasure to spend time with Matt, Jason and Jon to see them grow and develop into what I would call the best gift a father could ever ask for. Theo instilled in Jon, Matt, and Jason the values and qualities that make you all the remarkable individuals you are today. It’s evident that the love and care he invested in you continue to resonate through your actions and characters in your own lives.

    In witnessing the impact Theo had on your lives, I feel inspired to follow in his footsteps. His example of being present and engaged as a father is something I aspire to replicate in my own journey as a parent. If I can have even a fraction of the positive influence on my children’s lives that Theo had on yours, I will consider myself blessed.

    Please know that the whole Frentzel family are in my thoughts and prayers during this difficult time.

    With deepest sympathy and love,


  • We offer our Sympathies to The Frentzel Family. We always will remember TED as the Mayor of Shenandoah Drive as he would stop and talk with everyone on his daily walks. We enjoyed our talks and learned about what was happening in our neighborhood. We will miss seeing him and getting advice on how to do almost everything, He was a gifted man, Our
    Prayers are with Donna and Sons. Peace be with you.

  • I am so sorry for your loss. My prayers and thoughts are with you and family

  • Donna,
    I am so sorry to read of Ted’s passing. Keeping you and your family in my thoughts and prayers.
    In sympathy,

  • Donna, and family, my most sincere condolences on the loss of Ted. He will remain in your hearts forever 🙏

  • Donna and family- keeping all in our hearts and prayers- I remember the first day I met Ted with Donna- Fenwick Island- Memorial Day weekend- and was so happy to be a part of their bridal party. Hold each other tight as you celebrate his wonderful life!

  • Donna—So sorry for your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family during this time.

  • Tony and I are very sorry to learn of Ted’s passing. We remember happier times back in Windy Hills when our children were small.
    Our love to Donna and family.

  • Matt, Diane, Kyle and Kurt,
    So sorry for your loss. Players for you and the Frentzel family.

  • Dear Frentzel Family,
    I am very sorry to hear about your loss. Ted was my cousin who I did not know as well growing up due to our age difference and distance. However, we connected by Ted’s initiative in 2018 and developed a friendship that i was grateful to have. I learned he was an innovator and an inventor, as well as a man of wisdom. He had a passion for the Frentzel family history and genealogy and a desire to keep up with our family members. I am grateful to God that our paths crossed later in life. He encouraged me to be thinking about retirement and doing more with my life. It is my prayer that you will always be able to cherish the great memories and comfort that Ted gave to you. I am praying for you.

  • Ted was not only my cousin, but my mentor after my father passed away.
    My condolences to his family.

  • Our sincere condolences. Our prayers are with you.Paul and Mary Julian

  • I was so sorry to hear of my cousin Ted’s passing. In recent years he was in frequent contact with my mom, Dorothy, as he researched the Frentzel family tree. She looked forward to their many conversations about the Frentzel family history , and hearing about your wonderful family. They were in frequent contact until she passed last July, on her 98th birthday. I know that Ted was so proud of you all and he especially enjoyed telling us stories about his delightful grandchildren. You will all be in our thoughts and prayers . Sue Brown Daytona Beach FL

  • My sincerest condolences, Donna. Prayers and friendship.