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Frank M. Fenton Dies at 89


August 10, 2005



WMOA News, Marietta, OH

This morning, the Williamstown community and the Fenton family are mourning the loss of Frank M. Fenton, who passed away Tuesday afternoon.

The son of Fenton Art Glass founder, Frank L. Fenton, he was born December 1, 1915 in Williamstown. He graduated from Marietta College in 1936. Along with his brother, Bill, Frank Fenton led the family business for nearly 40 years as the company's legacy grew to realize worldwide recognition.

Most recently filling the role of Fenton Art Glass historian, he was last seen publicly at a May appearance with West Virginia Governor Joe Manchin in celebration of the company’s 100th anniversary. Fenton was 89.

The family will hold visitation at the First United Methodist Church in Williamstown Friday from 6-8 p.m. and Saturday from 10 a.m. noon.

A memorial service has been scheduled for 2 p.m. Saturday at the Williamstown church.

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