Roger M. Frommelt

On Monday, November 13, 2023, Roger took his last trail ride and was called home at the age of 85.  Roger was born on May 28, 1938, and grew up in East Dubuque, Illinois.  He married his high school sweetheart, Shirley Henning on August 16, 1958.  They soon moved to Hazel Green where they raised their four children, Tim, Robin, Russ, and Cory. 


Roger worked at the Pack for 30 years until they finally closed, he worked at the Sinsinawa Mound for another 30 years.  The nuns there all “loved Roger”, but as he would commonly say, “Don’t get in the habit”!


One could always find Roger busy cutting grass.  With his comb and handkerchief in his pocket, Roger would be off to the store with his faithful, furry companion Toby who “needed to take a ride” or “just needed to pick up a few things”, many times it included something for others that Roger thought they might like.  Roger always thought of others, especially his family, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren.  If anyone needed help in any way, Roger was the first to volunteer to help.  He enjoyed meeting people and was always willing to have a beer or two with someone.  Once you met Roger, you were a friend of his. He enjoyed watching the Green Bay Packers and old Western shows on TV.  There isn’t an episode of The Rifleman, Gunsmoke, Wagon Train, or Bonanza that he hadn’t seen many times.  Roger and Shirley went camping with their camper for many years. Their favorite spot was the Potosi campground.  Many of those times spent there included the grandchildren.  He enjoyed fishing when given the chance and wasn’t busy freeing Shirley’s fishing line from whatever she had cast into.  They also had horses and loved to go to rodeos to watch their children compete or on trail rides with their children and other families who also had horses. 



Those left to cherish the memory of Roger include,

his 4 children,

Tim (Becky) Frommelt, Hazel Green, Wisconsin,

Robin (Denny Dimick) Gasell, East Dubuque, IL,

Russ (Tilly) Frommelt, Dubuque, Iowa,

and Cory (Odetta) Frommelt, Hazel Green, Wisconsin;


his grandchildren,

Ben Frommelt, Devon Dimick, Jesse Frommelt, Michael Frommelt, Jalee (Josh Begle) Frommelt, Cody (Brittany) Frommelt, Olivia (Hillard) Lehman, Alea (Chase) Lynch, and Crystal (Steve) Beighley;


his great-grandchildren,

Riley Frommelt, Ian Frommelt, Mason Leib, William Begle, Gavin Frommelt, Landon Frommelt, Evelyn Frommelt, Leo Lehman, Kylin Lynch, Kash Lynch, John Lynch, Melanie Beighley, and Braelin Beighley;


his brother,

Kenneth (Judy) Frommelt, Fresno, CA;


his special friend,

Julie Kammerude, Hazel Green, WI;


along with numerous extended family, friends, and neighbors.


Roger was preceded in death by his parents, Elmer J. “Butch” and Virginia M. (Reider) Frommelt; and his beautiful bride of 62 years, Shirley (Speaker) Frommelt. 


Roger’s Celebration of Life will be held at a later date.  Online condolences for Roger’s family may be left at

To honor Roger’s life, his Celebration of Life will be held at a later date.

6 comments on “Roger M. Frommelt
  1. MaryLinda Coward says:

    I’m so sorry for your loss. Your Dad was so much fun to be around and he always had a smile on his face. Such good memories with your Mom and Dad in Florida which I’ll never forget. May the wonderful memories you all have bring comfort at this difficult time

  2. Ken Frommelt says:

    I’m still trying to wrap my head around the fact that my brother Roger has passed. Judy and I are so thankful that we were able to spend time with Roger this past June. Roger and I spent many happy days growing up in East Dubuque swimming, fishing, and ice-skating on the back waters of the Mississippi river (now called Lake Lacoma). Roger was a wonderful father, grandfather, and great grandfather. He was patient and kind and loved to relate stories about their various activities and doings. I know that he appreciated all their love and attention. Judy still talks about the fun euchre games we played during family get together’s. I cherish all the wonderful memories of my brother, I love you Bro.

  3. Margery Race says:

    I give thanks for the way Roger worked at the Mound. He was so friendly. Bless Corey who died, Robin, who also worked tirelessly at the Mound at this time for your sudden family members who died. May all the living family members know of God’s loving, healing, strengthening presence at this time. With love and prayers, Margery Race, OP

  4. Sister Laura Goedken says:

    Dear Robin,
    I am so sorry to hear of your dad’s death and then your brother.
    Roger was such a pleasant guy, always had a smile and he would help anyone. I did not know Cory very well. My thoughts and prayers go out to you. I can hardly say Happy Thanksgiving.
    Love and prayers, Laura

  5. Mary Ann Carroll says:

    Dear Robin,
    My sympathy to you. I am so sorry to hear of your Dad and brother’s death.

    Your Dad was a gift to all of us at the Mound. He was so pleasant and such a hard worker. He and your Mom were so generous to us at Christmas.
    May your good memories of your Dad and brother sustain you in your grief.
    Love and prayers,
    Mary Ann Carroll, OP

  6. Ken & Judy Frommelt says:

    We are devastated that two beloved members of our family have died within days of one another. It is times like this that we wish we lived closer but know that Roger and Cory are constantly in our thoughts and prayers.

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