FRANK, Allen

b. 30 Sep 1960 - Laurel, Montana

d. 2 May 2007 - Laurel, Montana

From Billings Gazette, Billings, MT - 25 May 2007

Submitted by Henry L. Schmick

LAUREL - Allan Frank, 46, of Billings, died peacefully on May 23, 2007, at the Horizon House, where he had recently resided.
Allan was born on Sept. 30, 1960, to Elsie and Herman Frank, both of Laurel. Allan was raised in Laurel, where he graduated from Laurel High School in 1978. After graduation, Allan worked in retail for many years and then as a certified nurse's aidw in several area nursing homes. Allan loved working with the elderly and brought much comfort to all those that he touched in his short life. We will truly miss his smile and kind heart.
Allan was preceded in death by his parents. Allan is survived by his brother, Gerald (Jody); his brother, Ken (Maureen); and his sister, Karen (Steve) Frickel. Allan was a loving uncle to Jill (Karson), Jeremy (Maggie), Kara (Mark), Kim (Wade), Travis, Chloe and Liam and a loving great-uncle to Halle, Jenna, Josh, Justin and Kaycee.
Memorial services are at 10 a.m. Saturday, May 26, at Smith Funeral Chapel in Laurel. Interment will be in the Laurel Cemetery. Memorials are suggested to Big Sky Hospice in memory of Allan.

FRANK, Darlene

b. 9 Nov 1937 - Hardin, Montana

d. 14 Aug 2007 - Billings, Montana

From Billings Gazette, Billings, MT - 15 Aug 2007

Submitted by Henry L. Schmick

Darlene (Frank) Vinecke went home to be with the Lord on Tuesday, Aug. 14, 2007, after a courageous battle with ovarian cancer.
Darlene was born on Nov. 9, 1937, in Hardin. She was the first of seven children born to Alexander and Helen (Herman) Frank.
As a child, she lived in Spokane, Wash., and then Tillamook, Ore., and later settled in California.
Darlene married Keith W. VINECKE, Feb. 25, 1956, in Palo Alto, Calif. Darlene returned to Billings with her husband and children in 1973. She and her family also lived in Lolo and in Great Falls, where she worked at the Eagle Mount Retirement Home as a food service supervisor. Darlene previously worked in the San Jose School District lunch program and then later worked in the Billings area school lunch program.
She was an active member of the Shiloh United Methodist Church, in which she served as chairperson on the "Worship Environmental Committee." She was also involved in the Outreach Shelter Program, as well as many other church and community functions.
Darlene was a gifted artist, and she loved crafting, home decorating and working in her yard. Darlene loved the Lord and started her day meditating in the Word. She cherished her Bible and devotionals. She was loved by many friends and family and she will be greatly missed, but always remembered for her sense of humor and loving spirit.
Darlene was preceded in death by her brother, Ruben Frank; her father, Alexander Frank; and by her husband, Keith Vinecke.
Survivors include her mother, Helen Frank; brothers, Alex Frank, Ken Frank and David Frank; sisters, Vondalee Frank and Cathy Frank; and her children, Mark Vinecke, James Vinecke and Marjorie (Vinecke) Rudio and husband Roger Rudio. Darlene has seven grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren.
Funeral services will be held 10 a.m. Friday, Aug. 17, at Shiloh United Methodist Church, 1810 Shiloh Road. Interment will follow at Sunset Memorial Gardens. Smith's West Chapel is in charge of arrangements.

FRANK, Emma K. (Knaub)

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FRANK, Dorothy Mary

b. 17 Nov 1928 - Loveland, Colorado

d. 13 Jun 2007 - Loveland, Colorado

From Greeley Tribune, Greeley, Colorado - 06-17-2007

Submitted by Elaine McDowell
Dorothy Schwindt - Nov. 17, 1928-June 13, 2007 - Age: 78 - Residence: Loveland
Tribute: Dorothy Mary Schwindt was born was born to Philip and Charlotte Frank and grew up in the Loveland/Johnstown area. Her parents and grandparents were German-Russian immigrants who settled and farmed in a little known area of the American West: the sugar producing farmlands of northern Colorado. Her family quickly integrated into the area that depended on immigrant families. As tenant farmers and factory workers, they quickly became part of the local fabric.

She grew up in a family with 10 brothers and sisters. It was always fun to listen to stories of their childhood antics during the Great Depression and beyond.
Mrs. Schwindt learned to work hard at a very young age on the farm and in the beet fields. The work ethic stayed with her throughout her life and was passed on as a value to all of her family. She attended schools in the Johnstown area, and at the height 5 feet 10 inches, she was involved in girls' basketball in high school.
She was confirmed at the First Congregational Church in Loveland, where she also married William H. "Bill" SCHWINDT on Jan. 26, 1947. They celebrated 60 years of marriage in January.
Mrs. Schwindt was a caring and generous person. She was always willing to set aside her own needs to help anyone struggling in her family. She was a strong woman who her family could consistently rely on, and she embodied a spirit for life few are lucky to possess. She enjoyed her six grandchildren and two great-granddaughters along with four adopted great-grandchildren. She loved flowers and cooked of some of the best German dishes ever made without a recipe, a talent that will be missed by her friends and family. Spending time with her grandchildren was one of her favorite activities, and they will forever cherish the wonderful relationship and lasting memories they have of their grandma.
Mrs. Schwindt died Wednesday at North Shore Care Facility, Loveland.
Survivors: Her husband, William "Bill" Schwindt; her daughters, Karen Scheck and husband Gary and Lola Johnson and husband Cliff, all of Loveland; six grandchildren, Angie Baldwin and husband Derek of Iowa, Garth Scheck of Wiggins, Leah Johnson of Washington, D.C., Katie Johnson of Loveland, Jonathon Schwindt and wife Tina of Colorado Springs and Jared Schwindt and wife Cammie of Loveland; six great-grandchildren, Sage Baldwin and Madysen Schwindt and four step-great-grandchildren.
She also is survived by her sisters, Lilly Gieck of Lakewood, Gladys Sterkel and husband Vernon of Lakewood, Ruth Dill and husband Ed of Greeley; her brother, Melvin Frank and wife Joyce of Longmont; and brothers- and sisters-in-law; and about 20 nieces and nephews.
Preceded in death by: Her parents; a son, William H. Schwindt Jr., and an infant son, Melvin Gene; a sister Olinda Bernhardt; and brothers Philip Frank, Sam Frank, Daniel "Jerry" Frank and Allen "Sonny" Frank.
Services: 11 a.m. Monday at the First Congregational Church, Loveland. Interment: Loveland Burial Park. Visitation: An hour before services Monday at the church.
Note: Memorial gifts may be made to First Congregational Church in care of Viegut Funeral Home, 1440 S. Boise Ave., Loveland,CO 80538.

FRANK, Emma (Schreiner)

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FRANK, Dustyn Don

b. 5 Oct 1981 - Billings, Montanta

d. 17 Jun 2007 - Aledo, Texas

From Billings Gazette, Billings, MT - 20 Jun 2007

Submitted by Henry L. Schmick

ALEDO, Texas - Dustyn Don Frank was born Oct. 5, 1981, in Billings.
Dustyn attended school in Glendive, Mont., and graduated from Aledo High School in 2000. Dustyn was captain of the Aledo High School basketball team his junior and senior year of high school. He attended college at the University of Texas in Austin; Sam Houston State University in Huntsville; and Weatherford College in Weatherford. At the time of Dustyn's death, he was the director of All About Kids Daycare in Weatherford.
Dustyn died in a vehicle accident in Aledo on June 17, 2007.
Funeral services will be held Friday, June 22, at Aledo Methodist Church. Galbreaith-Pickard Funeral Home, 913 N. Elm St., Weatherford, TX 76086, 817-594-2747, 1-800-593-2747, is in charge of arrangements.
Dustyn was preceded in death by his grandparents, Mary and Valentine Frank of Laurel; uncle Doug Frank of Laurel; and aunt Vicki Bjorgum of Billings, great-grandparents, Oscar and Evelyn Bjorgum Sr. of Billings, and Mathilda and M.I. "Pop" Merritt.
He is survived by his parents, Donald and Danna (Bjorgum) Frank of Aledo; sisters Vicki Grizzle of Fort Worth and Amanda Frank of Aledo; nieces, Alyxandra, Victorya and Samantha Grizzle of Fort Worth; grandparents, Oscar and Jackie Bjorgum of Billings; and numerous aunts, uncles and cousins of Billings and Laurel, Mont.
In lieu of flowers, please send memorials to Dustyn Frank Memorial, c/o Weatherford National Bank, PO Box 279 Aledo, TX 76008, 817-441-9551.


FRANZ, Joel Lynn

b. 24 Aug 1944 - Goodland, Kansas

d. 20 Oct 2007 - Burlington, Kansas

From Salina Journal - Wednesday, October 24, 2007

Submitted by Rachel E. Smith

BURLINGTON -- Joel Lynn Franz, 63, Burlington, died Saturday, Oct. 20, 2007.
Mr. Franz was born Aug. 24, 1944, in Goodland. He was a rancher.
Survivors include his significant other, Marilyn HOMM, of the home; a son, Justin of Burlington, Colo.; two daughters, Jolynne Hoyda of Kirk, Colo., and Jasalyn Homm of Burlington; a brother, Kyle of Burlington; two sisters, Sonja Meade of Stratton, Colo., and Cara Daise of Goodland; and 11 grandchildren.
The funeral will be at 10:30 a.m. Thursday at First Christian Church, 1546 Senter, Burlington. Burial will be in Kanorado Cemetery. Memorials may be made to R-Calf USA, CICA or Kansas Cattlemen's Association, in care of Bateman Funeral Home, 211 E. 11th, Box 278, Goodland 67735. Visitation will be from 1 to 7 p.m. Mountain time Wednesday at the funeral home

FRANZ, Joel Lynn

b. 24 Aug 1944 - Goodland, Kansas

d. 20 Oct 2007 - Burlington, Kaznsas

From Hays Daily News - Wednesday, October 24, 2007

Submitted by Rachel E. Smith

Joel Lynn Franz, 63, died Saturday, Oct. 20, 2007.
He was born Aug. 24, 1944, in Goodland to Hugo and Vergie (Hines) Franz. He graduated high school in 1962 and Fort Hays State College in 1967.
He married Sandee CLOYD on Nov. 7, 1970, in Kanorado. He was a farmer.
Survivors include his significant other, Marilyn Homm, of the home; a son, Justin Franz, Burlington, Colo.; two daughters, Jolynne Hoyda, Kirk, Colo., and Jasalyn Homm, Burlington, Colo.; a brother, Kyle Franz, Burlington, Colo.; two sisters, Sonja Meade, Stratton, Colo., and Cara Daise, Goodland; and 11 grandchildren.
Services will be at 10:30 a.m. Thursday at Christian Church, Burlington, Colo.; burial in Kanorado Cemetery. Visitation will be from 1 to 7 p.m. Wednesday at Bateman Funeral Home, Goodland. Memorials are suggested to R-CALF USA, CICA or Cattlemans Association in care of the funeral home.

FRANZ, Velma A. (Unruh)

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FREEBERG, Catherine Carolyn

b. 11 May 1930 - Minneapolis, Minnesota

d. 21 Aug 2007 - St. Cloud, Minnesota

From Billings Gazette, Billings, MT - 30 Aug 2007

Submitted by Henry L. Schmick

CROSSLAKE, Minn. - Catherine Carolyn Freeberg Seibert, 77, of Crosslake, passed away Aug. 21, 2007, at St. Cloud Hospital, St. Cloud.
The daughter of Herbert and Vera Freeberg, Catherine was born in Minneapolis on May 11, 1930. He attended schools in Minneapolis, Sauk Rapids, and graduated from Tech High School in St. Cloud. Catherine then moved with her family to Billings, and she attended Eastern Montana College. She then taught second grade in Kalispell. Two teacher friends and Catherine decided to attend summer school at the University of Alaska, Fairbanks, and enjoyed a wonderful summer. This experience helped her to make a decision to stay in Alaska and continue her education. She earned her degree from the U. of Alaska in 1953. In Alaska, she met Robert L. SEIBERT of Tyler, Minn., and they were united in marriage on Aug. 2, 1953, in Seattle. On their 50th wedding anniversary four years ago, Robert delighted Catherine with a wonderful surprise celebration.
Robert and Catherine resided in Tyler, Rochester, Mankato, Duluth and presently lived in Crosslake. Catherine was very involved in the communities where she lived until her husband's retirement. Over many years, Catherine has been a volunteer supporter of visual arts and music programs. She also volunteered to provide Meals on Wheels for the homebound. She also did volunteer work on behalf of handicapped and challenged children.
Catherine was never happier than when she was in the company of her husband, her daughter and son-in-law, sisters or friends. She had strong opinions, and was an advocate for doing things justly. Robert and Catherine enjoyed traveling in earlier years, and also enjoyed reading, doing crossword puzzles and putting together large, complex puzzles.
Her final years were spent in Crosslake, where she and husband Robert enjoyed going for rides in their boat, and observing and feeding the wildlife that abounded around their home. She had a sense of fashion and style that carried through her entire life in her appearance and in her home. She was a very good cook, but in later years enjoyed having reservations for dinner. Catherine was a loyal and generous friend, wife, mother and sister. She was an inspiration to her family, and kept in close contact with them. She will be deeply missed by her family and all who knew her.
Catherine is survived by her husband, Robert of Crosslake; daughter Stephanie (Carl) Alelyunas of Portland; sisters Patricia (George) Anderson of Billings and Sandra (Robert) Western of Laurel, Mont. She is also survived by nephews and nieces, George (Peggy) Anderson of Boise, Idaho; William (Rhonda) Anderson of La Quinta, Calif.; Kristen Anderson of Honolulu; Katherine Anderson of Billings; Gregory (Pamella) Western of Bozeman, Mont.; CPT Matthew (Rebecca) Western of Fountain, Colo.; David (Liz) Seibert, Phoenix; Caroline Seibert, Mount Vernon, Wash.; and Barbie Seibert, Crosslake.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Herb and Vera Freeberg; in-laws, Harry and Louise Seibert; brother-in-law and sister-in-law, Jack and Toni Seibert; and nephew Michael Seibert.
Should friends or family desire, memorials may be made to charity of choice.

FRESORGER, Mary Agnes (Ershabek)

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FREY, Raymond E.

b. 23 Oct 1926 - Newton, Kansas

d. 17 Nov 2007 - Goessel, Kansaa

From Hillsboro Star Journal - November 21, 2007

Submitted by Rachel E. Smith

Raymond E. Frey, 81, died Nov. 17, 2007, at Bethesda Home, Goessel.

The son of Edward and Augusta (Neufeld) Frey, he was born Oct. 23, 1926, at Newton.

He was an educator and administrator. He was a member of Tabor Mennonite Church, rural Goessel.

On May 19, 1949, he married LuEtta June SCHMIDT at Goessel.

Survivors include his wife, LuEtta of Goessel; son, Sherwin Frey of Los Angeles, Calif.; two daughters, Marcene Entz of rural Newton and Melissa Beitler of Berne, Ind.; brother, Marlin Frey of Newton; two sisters, Earla Critchfield of Hesston and Nila Chambers of Wichita; stepmother, Adelia Frey of Newton; and five grandchildren.

Funeral services were Tuesday morning at Tabor Mennonite Church with Pastor Corey Miller and Pastor Karen Andres officiating. Burial was in Tabor Mennonite Cemetery.

A memorial fund has been established with the Mennonite Central Committee.

FRICK, Janice

b. 18 Feb 1937 - Herington, Kansas

d. 17 Sep 2007 - Hillsboro, Kansas

From Hillsboro Star Journal - September 26, 2007

Submitted by Rachel E. Smith

Janice Kaufman, 70, died Sept. 17, 2007, at Salem Home, Hillsboro.

Born Feb. 18, 1937, at Herington, she was the daughter of Ralph "Pete" and Virginia (Weber) Frick.

She was a bank teller and housewife.

On Oct. 26, 1957, she married Donley Dale MAYFIELD at Durham. He died in 1992.

On March 26, 1994, she married Delmar KAUFMAN at Durham.

She was a member of the First Baptist Church of Durham.

Survivors include her husband, Dalmer Kaufman of Durham; son, Dale and Lisa Mayfield of Hillsboro; daughter, Melanie and Bryan Ellison of Pine, Colo.; mother, Virginia Frick of Hillsboro; sister, Sharon Hotchkiss of Murphy, N.C.; and three grandchildren.

Funeral services were Friday morning at the First Baptist Church of Durham with Pastor Curtis Wiens officiating. Burial was in Durham Park Cemetery, rural Durham.

FRIEBUS, Bettie Marie

b. 18 Jun 1933 - Wilson, Kansas

d. 9 Apr 2007 - Salina, Kansas

From Salina Journal - April 10, 2007

Submitted by Janet Flickinger

Bettie Marie Keller, 73, Salina, died Monday, April 9, 2007. Mrs. Keller was born Bettie Marie Friebus on June 18, 1933, in Wilson. She was a clerk and typist for the Kansas Dept. of Transportation for 30 years. She was preceded in death by her husband, Gene (KELLER), in 1983. Survivors include a sister, Frances Vopat of Wilson. There will be no services or visitation. Burial will be in St. John's Lutheran Cemetery, Russell. Memorials may be made to Tammy Walker Cancer Center. Ryan Mortuary, 137 N. Eighth, Salina 67401, is handling arrangements. For more information and to send condolences, visit www.ryanmortuary.com

FRIES, Esther (Betz)

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FRIESEN, Bradlee James

b. 1968 - Buhler, Kansas

d. 17 My 2007 - Durham, North Carolina

From Hutchinson (Kan) News - Saturday, May 19, 2007

Submitted by Rachel E. Smith

DURHAM, N.C. - Bradlee James Friesen, died peacefully on May 17, 2007, in the presence of his beloved wife, Tiffany E. Friesen. He was the proud father of Emma Grace, 8, Claire Madeline, 5, and Anne Elisabeth, 2. He was a devoted husband and father, who found great joy in being with his family. Brad was 39 and had battled a brain tumor for five years.

Brad was born in 1968 in Buhler. He was baptized in 1982 into the Mennonite Brethren Church. Brad graduated from Buhler High School, as did Tiffany. He earned degrees in industrial engineering from Kansas State University and Purdue University before marrying in 1992, and moving to Durham, N.C., where he worked at IBM and was a member of the Church of the Good Shepherd.

These facts do not begin to convey the life of this man. He began following Christ at an early age. His faith grew and deepened as a young adult, and influenced his efforts to pursue excellence in his approach to his education, his work and later, his marriage and family.

Because of his winsome personality, huge smile, generous and humble spirit, personal integrity, unparalleled wit, and compassionate heart of service, Brad was loved and deeply respected by all who knew him. His conversations were animated by his encyclopedic knowledge of history, his passion for sports, his interest in politics, and above all, his sense of humor.

During the years before his illness, he taught Sunday school, pouring love, care, laughter and faith into the lives of many children beyond his own. The formation of his faith and character were greatly influenced by his grandparents, Arnie and Martha Balzer and Arnold and Katherine Friesen.

In addition to his wife and daughters, Brad is survived by his parents, LeRoy and Deloris Friesen of Buhler; a brother and sister-in-law, Ken and Tammy Friesen, of Manhattan; a sister and brother-in-law, Lance and Joni Hackett of Florissant, Mo.; his mother-in-law and father-in-law, Larry and Margie Engelkemier of Overland Park; brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law, Bret and Takane Engelkemier of Upper Saddle River, N.J., and Monte and Julie Engelkemier of Muscatine, Iowa. He is also survived by one niece; and six nephews.

The family will receive visitors from 3 to 6 p.m. on Saturday, May 19 at the Church of the Good Shepherd, 3741 Garrett Road, Durham, N.C. The funeral service will be at 3:30 p.m. on Sunday, May 20, also at the Church of the Good Shepherd. Interment will be at Chapel Hill Cemetery.

The family wishes to thank all of those from their church and community, as well as the Brain Tumor Center at Duke University, for their care and support during Brad's illness.

In lieu of flowers, gifts may be made to Samaritan's Purse or to the Trinity School Scholarship Fund in memory of Brad Friesen, www.trinityschoolnc.org.

"The LORD is good, a refuge in times of trouble. He cares for those who trust in Him."

Online condolences to the family can be made at www.caringbridge.org\visit\bradfriesen.

Arrangements are with Hall-Wynne Funeral Service, www.hallwynne.com.

FRIESEN, Clara D. (Blessing)

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FRIESEN, Edna Margaret

b. 27 Mar 1920 - Reno County, Kansas

d. 15 Nov 2007 - Pratt, Kansas

From Hutchinson (Kan) News - Sunday, November 18, 2007

Submitted by Rachel E. Smith

PRATT - Edna Margaret Claassen, 87, died Nov. 15, 2007, at her home, Pratt.
She was born March 27, 1920, at her home in Reno County near Burrton, Kan., the daughter of Herman and Maria Jantzen Friesen.
She belonged to First Mennonite Church, Beatrice, Neb., and the Quilters Group of First United Methodist Church, Pratt.
On March 28, 1946, she married Willard CLAASSEN in rural Hooker, Okla. He died Dec. 26, 1998.
Survivors include: a son, Stan, Rosthern, Saskatchewan, Canada; a daughter, Linda Buchmueller, Pratt; a brother, Leland Friesen, Bethany, Okla.; a sister, Leona Schroeder, Liberal; five grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by two brothers, LeRoy and William Friesen; and three sisters Elizabeth Fast, and twins Martha Friesen and Maria Schroeder.
Cremation has taken place. Memorial service will be at 2 p.m. Wednesday at Larrison Mortuary, Pratt, with the Rev. Dan Ferguson presiding. A second memorial service will be at 2 p.m. Friday at First Mennonite Church, rural Beatrice, Neb., with Pastor Weldon Schloneger presiding. Private family inurnment will be in Mennonite Cemetery, Beatrice, Neb. Memorials may be sent to the American Cancer Society or the Multimedia Outreach Ministry at First United Methodist Church, both in care of the mortuary.


b. 24 Dec 1916 - Corn Oklahoma

d. 24 Nov 2007 - Hillsboro, Kansas

From Salina Journal - Tuesday, November 27, 2007

Submitted by Rachel E. Smith

HILLSBORO -- Helen Pankratz, 90, Hillsboro, died Saturday, Nov. 24, 2007.
Mrs. Pankratz was born Helen Friesen on Dec. 24, 1916, in Corn, Okla. She was a housewife.
Survivors include her husband, Harrison (PANKRATZ), of Hillsboro; two sons, Gary of Davenport, Iowa, and Jay of San Bernardino, Calif.; a daughter, Laura Call of Holton; eight grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.
The funeral will be at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday at Hillsboro Mennonite Brethren Church. Burial will be in the church cemetery. Memorials may be made to the church. Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. today at Jost Funeral Home, 401 S. Washington, Hillsboro 67063.

HILLSBORO - Pankratz, Helen, 90, died Nov. 24, 2007. Service 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, Hillsboro Mennonite Brethren Church. Survivors: husband, Harrison; sons, Gary and wife, Becky, Jay and wife, Carlotta; daughter, Laura and husband, Charles Call; 8 grandchildren; 6 great-grandchildren. Jost Funeral Home. Published in the Wichita Eagle on 11/27/2007.


b. 24 Dec 1916 - Corn, Oklahoma

d. 24 Nov 2007 - Holton, Kansas

From Hutchinson (Kan) News -Tuesday, November 27, 2007

Submitted by Rachel E. Smith

HILLSBORO - Helen Pankratz, 90, died Nov. 24, 2007, in Holton.
She was born Dec. 24, 1916, in Corn, Okla., the daughter of Herman A. and Katrina Bergman Friesen. A resident of Hillsboro, she was a homemaker.
She belonged to Hillsboro Mennonite Brethren Church.
On June 9, 1942, she married Harrison PANKRATZ in Hillsboro. He survives.
Other survivors include: two sons, Gary, Davenport, Iowa, and Jay, San Bernardino, Calif.; a daughter, Laura Call, Holton; eight grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.
Funeral will be at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday at Hillsboro Mennonite Brethren Church, with Pastors Dave Plett and Jay Pankratz presiding. Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. Tuesday at Jost Funeral Home, Hillsboro. Burial will be in Hillsboro Mennonite Brethren Cemetery. Memorials may be sent to the church, in care of the funeral home.


b. 5 Mar 1914 - Reno County, Kansas

d. 13 Aug 2007 - Inman, Kansas

From Hutchinson (Kan) News - Wednesday, August 15, 2007

Submitted by Rachel E. Smith

INMAN - Henry W. "Hank" Friesen, 93, died Aug. 13, 2007, at Pleasant View Home, Inman.
He was born March 5, 1914, in Reno County, the son of Henry and Marie Willems Friesen. He was a lifetime resident of Inman, he had also been a farmer. He had worked as a weight officer for the State of Kansas, and as a insurance agent for MMA. He belonged to the Zoar Mennonite Brethren Church, Inman, and Gideons International and the Inman Lions Club.
On Nov. 26, 1939, he married Matilda "Tillie" NEUFELDT. She died Feb. 27, 2003.

Survivors include: two sons, Dennis and wife Judy, McPherson, and Dee and wife Ruth, Albuquerque, N.M.; two daughters, Elaine Peterson and husband Jim, Inman, and Sandy Bundy, Inman; a sister, Evelyn Holzrichter, Buhler; 11 grandchildren; 19 great-grandchildren; two great-great-grandchildren; and a great-great-great-grandson.
He was preceded in death by a daughter, Sharon Kay Friesen, five brothers, Jake, John, Leonard, Ben, and Clemens, three sisters, Kathryn Rogalsky, Mary Wiens, and Ann Wiens.
Funeral will be at 10 a.m. Friday at Zoar Mennonite Brethren Church, Inman with Pastors Rob Morrow and Dan Dalke presiding. Visitation will be from 2 to 8 p.m. Thursday, with family receiving friends from 6 to 8 p.m., at Buhler Mortuary. Burial will be in Zoar Cemetery, rural Inman. Memorials may be sent to Gideons International or Pleasant View Home, in care of Buhler Mortuary, P.O. Box 589, Buhler, KS. 67522.

FRIESEN, Leonard K.

b. 8 Oct 1926 - Garden City, Kansas

d. 23 Jul 2007 - Hillsboro, Kansas

From Hutchinson (Kan) News - Wednesday, July 25, 2007

Submitted by Rachel E. Smith

HILLSBORO - Leonard K. Friesen, 80, died July 23, 2007, at Parkside Homes, Hillsboro.
He was born Oct. 8, 1926, in Garden City, the son of Harry and Helen Klassen Friesen. He was the owner of a Carpet Cleaning Business. He belonged to Parkview Mennonite Brethren Church.
On April 10, 1949, he married Merlie A. RATZLAFF in Balko, Okla. He survives.
Other survivors include: a son, Lyle Friesen, Phoenix, Ariz.; two daughters, Lynette Perkasie, Perkasie, Pa., and Darla Flickinger, McPherson; two brothers, Elmer, Hillsboro, and Herman, Bella Vista, Ark.; a sister, Gladys Buller, Hillsboro; eight grandchildren; and six great grandchildren.
Funeral will be at 11 a.m. Friday at Parkview Mennonite Brethren Church, Hillsboro with Pastor Roy Keller presiding. Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday at Jost Funeral Home with the family present. Burial will be at 10 a.m. Friday at Gnadenau Cemetery.
Memorials may be sent to Evangelical Missions Ministry or Parkside Homes, both in care of the funeral home.

FRITZLER, Edward Henry

b. 20 Jul 1925 - Windsor, Colorado

d. 25 Aug 2007 - Brush, Colorado

From Greeley Tribune, Greeley, Colorado - 08-28-2007

Submitted by Elaine McDowell
Edward Henry "Swede" Fritzler - July 20, 1925 - Aug. 25, 2007 - Age: 82 - Residence: Brush, formerly of Greeley.
Tribute: Mr. Fritzler was born to Henry and Molly (Schneider) Fritzler in Windsor. He was the youngest of 12 children. The Fritzlers farmed and raised cattle in the Windsor and Eaton area, to which they immigrated in 1912 from the Volga River region in Russia. Mr. Fritzler attended schools in Severance and Windsor, graduating in 1943 from Windsor High School. He enlisted in the Army Air Corps in January 1944 and received his initial training at Rockland College in Kansas City, Mo. and then at Lake Field in Phoenix. Mr. Fritzler completed his pre-flight instruction at Lackland Air Force Base and Randolph Air Force Base, now the San Antonio Aviation Cadet Center in Texas. He was
discharged as an Aviation Cadet on Nov. 8, 1945. Mr. Fritzler attended the University of Colorado at Boulder where he studied engineering. He transferred after one year to Greeley where he changed his studies to education. On Nov. 10, 1949, he married Erma Jean HAASE of Topeka, Kan. He met her while they were both attending classes at Colorado State College of Education, now known as the University of Northern Colorado. They both were pursuing degrees in teacher education. Mr. Fritzler completed his bachelor of arts in education in 1949. For two years, he taught math and science and
coached sports at Sunflower High School in Mitchell, Neb. After he left teaching, he joined Warren-Bunting Ford, later Eaton Ford, where he worked until his retirement in 1984. As a salesman of light trucks and cars in Eaton, Mr. Fritzler came to know many of the area farm families, in which he retained a lively interest. He completed the Dale Carnegie Course, and while with Eaton Ford, received recognition for his outstanding sales performance. He was a 12 year member of Ford's Society of Professional Sales Counselors. After retiring from car sales, Mr. Fritzler earned his Realtor's license and worked with Wheeler Realty Company. While semi-retired, he also was employed in the dairy industry and worked at the Ironquois Dairy near Fort Collins.
Mr. Fritzler was an avid golfer and a member of the Senior Golf Association at Highland Hills. He also played recreation league basketball. He was a member of the Greeley Elks Club BPOE and the Greeley Chamber of Commerce.
Both Mr. and Mrs. Fritzler were members of the First Congregational Church in Greeley, which they joined when moving to the city in 1957. The Fritzlers moved to Greeley from a farm in Severance and lived in the same house on 23rd Avenue for 43 years. A skilled woodworker who built furniture and enjoyed wood crafts, he added a free-standing workshop in the 1970s to the back lot of the family home in Alles Acres. Mr. Fritzler took particular pride, after his retirement, in maintaining the lawn, trees, and shrubs on
the acreage. The Fritzlers enjoyed social dancing and were appreciative enthusiasts of Glenn Miller's Big Band orchestra, polka dancing and the music of the 1940s and '50s. He had been a resident of Sunset Manor Assisted Living Center in Brush. He previously lived in residential care facilities in Fort Collins.
Mr. Fritzler died Saturday in Brush after a weeklong illness.
Survivors: Two daughters, Gretchen Wheeler of Fort Collins and Dr. Marilyn Fritzler of Denver and Wheatridge; a son and his wife, Richard and Kendra Fritzler of Greeley; three sisters, Alma Schlothauer of Poway, Calif., Mollie Wilson and Elnora Shewmaker, both of Arvada; one brother, Carl Fritzler of Greeley; and numerous nieces and nephews.
Preceded in death by: His wife of 49 years; four sisters, Esther Friend, Anna Weber, Frieda Asmus and Mary Fritzler; two brothers, Augustus "Gus" and Henry "Hank" Fritzler; a grandson, Jason Daniel Wheeler.
Services: 2 p.m. Friday at First Congregational Church. Visitation: 4-7 p.m. Wednesday at Allnutt Funeral Service Macy Chapel. Cremation.
Notes: In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the National Alzheimer's Association, Heart Fund, American Cancer Society or charity of choice in care of Allnutt, 702 13th St., Greeley 80631. Friends may view the online obit, sign the guestbook and send condolences at www.allnutt.com.

FRITZLER, Elizabeth "Betty" (Ruff)

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Parents born in Russia

b. 11Aug 1939 - Saginaw, Michigan

d. 4 Nov 2007 - Windsor, Colorado

From Adamson Funeral Home - Greeley, Colorado - 11-05-2007

Submitted by Elaine McDowell

Suzann Rumsby - August 11, 1939 – November 4, 2007 - Age: 68 - Residence: Windsor, CO

Tribute: Suzann Marie Rumsby was born in Saginaw, Michigan to Henry and Marie (Eichman) Fritzler. Both parents were born in Russia and were proud to be Germans from Russia. At the age of 14 she and her family moved to Colorado. In 1957 she graduated from West High School in Denver. Mrs. Rumsby received her Bachelor of Arts Degree in Elementary Education from University of Nevada, Las Vegas in 1970 and Master of Arts Degree in Elementary Education from University of Northern Colorado in 1974. She taught elementary education for twenty years, retiring in 1990. After retirement she and her husband enjoyed traveling.Mrs. Rumsby died Sunday, November 4, 2007 at Windsor Health Care Center from complications of Huntington’s disease.

Survivors: Her husband, Robert RUMSBY of Windsor; grandsons, Cody Alan Loomis and Andrew Jeffry Babbit both of Greeley; brother Donald Fritzler and wife Viola of Port Charlotte, FL.

Preceded in death by: Daughters, Carla Jo Rumsby in 1979, Jana Kay Bennett in 1999; brother Richard Fritzler; sisters, Williametta Drude and Caroline Achziger.

Services: 10:00 a.m. Wednesday, November 7, 2007 at Bethel Lutheran Church, 328 Walnut Street, Windsor, Colorado. Reverend R. Dean Smith officiating.

Interment: Lakeview Cemetery, Windsor

Note: Memorial contributions may be made to Bethel Lutheran Church in care of Adamson Funeral & Cremation Services 2000 47th Ave. Greeley, CO 80634. Condolences may be sent to the family at www.adamsonchapels.com .

FUCHS, Curtis

b. 30 Oct 1954 - Great Falls, Montana

` d. 27 Nov 2007 - Billings, Montana

From Billings Gazette, Billings, MT - 29 Nov 2007

Submitted by Henry L. Schmick

Curtis Fuchs lost his one-year battle with cancer peacefully on Tuesday morning, Nov. 27, 2007, with his devoted family by his side.
Curtis was born in Great Falls, Oct. 30, 1954, but was a longtime resident of the Billings and Belgrade areas.
Over the years, some of his greatest accomplishments include helping raise his three children, restoration of antique vehicles, 30 years of employment with Sysco Foods, and he truly enjoyed spending time with his three grandchildren.
He is survived by son Shane (J.J.) Fuchs; daughter Brandi (Chad) Paulbeck; three grandchildren, Alden and Ashley Fuchs, and Danika Paulbeck; three sisters, LaVonne, Sharon and Sandy; five brothers, Donny, Craig (Joni), Richard (Patti), Gary (Kathy) and Gordon (Terry) Fuchs.
Curtis was preceded in death by son Daniel Fuchs; parents Raymond and Madeline Fuchs; brothers Ray and Leland Fuchs.
A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. Friday, Nov. 30, at Smith Downtown Funeral Chapel, 925 S. 27th St.


FUNK, Aldine L. (Pankratz)

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FUNK, Donald W.

b. 31 Oct 1938 - Abilene, Kansas

d. 17 Apr 2007 - Lawrence, Kansas

From Abilene Reflector Chronicle - April 18, 2007

Submitted by Rachel E. Smith

LAWRENCE--Donald W. "Don" Funk, 68, Lawrence, died Tuesday, April 17, 2007, at his home.

He was born on Oct. 31, 1938, in Abilene, the son of Richard D. and Kathleen F. (Barrington) Funk. He attended school for two years in Abilene before moving to Lawrence with his family. He graduated from Lawrence High School in 1956. He attended the University of Kansas for one year. He served in the United States Army.

He married to Shirley M. HOLDERMAN on Oct. 29, 1961, in Lawrence.

Mr. Funk was a self-employed homebuilder and developer with Funk Construction Company. He also worked for KP&L from 1958 to 1973, Kansas Color Press and the U.S. Postal Service. He was a member of the First Presbyterian Church, Lawrence, Lawrence Lodge No. 6 A.F.& A.M., the Scottish Rite Bodies, Lawrence, Adah Chapter No. 7 Order of the Eastern Star and the White Shrine of Jerusalem. He was a volunteer with Girl Scouts of America. He was also a member of the Greater Kansas City Home Builders and the Lawrence Home Builders Association.

Survivors include his wife, Shirley of the home; two daughters; Leah I. Pringle and Jennifer A. Funk, both of Lawrence; one sister; Mary Elaine Maack of Melvern; two brothers, Howard G. Funk and Robert J. Funk, both of Lawrence; and four grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents; and one brother, Edward Funk.

Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. Friday, April 20, 2007, at the First Presbyterian Church, Lawrence. Private inurnment will be in Oak Hill Cemetery, Lawrence. The family will receive friends from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Thursday, at Warren-McElwain Mortuary, 120 W. 13th St., Lawrence.

FUNK, Edna

b. 4 Feb 1915 - Hillsboro, Kansas

d. 1 Jun 2007 - Hillsboro, Kansas

From Hutchinson (Kan) News - Sunday, June 3, 2007

Submitted by Rachel E. Smith

HILLSBORO - Edna Gaede, 92, died June 1, 2007, at Parkside Homes, Hillsboro.

She was born Feb. 4, 1915, in Hillsboro, the daughter of Peter F. and Elizabeth Penner Funk. She was a homemaker and farmer. She belonged to Trinity Mennonite Church.

On May 25, 1943, she married Walter GAEDE in rural Hillsboro. He died in 2007.

Survivors include: a son, Delbert, Santa Cruz, Calif.; two daughters, Myrna Krehbiel, North Newton, and Priscilla Neal, Granbury, Texas; two sisters, Luella Stucky, Hutchinson, and Marie Boldt, Reedley, Calif.; three grandchildren; and a great-grandchild.

Funeral will be at 11 a.m. Thursday at Trinity Mennonite Church, Hillsboro, with Pastor Ann Showalter presiding. Burial will be in Johannestal Cemetery, rural Hillsboro.

Memorials may be sent to the Mennonite Central Committee, Parkside Homes, or Harry Hynes Memorial Hospice, all in care of Jost Funeral Home, Hillsboro.


FUNK, Richard Alan

b. 30 Nov 1954 - Goessel, Kansas

d. 4 Aug 2007 - Paola, Kansas

From Hillsboro Star Journal - August 8, 2007

Submitted by Rachel E. Smith

Richard Alan Funk, 52, of Paola, died Aug. 4, 2007.

Born Nov. 30, 1954, at Goessel, he was the son of LaVern and Maxine (Loewen) Funk.

He grew up on a farm outside Peabody and graduated from Hillsboro High School in 1973.

On Aug. 23, 1975, he married Dorothy SAMUEL at Kansas City, Mo.

He owned and operated Dr. Vinyl, a car service and repair company for 31 years.

He was preceded in death by his grandparents and mother.

Survivors include his wife, Dorothy of Paola; children, Jesse Funk, Jason and Heather Funk, Emily Funk, and Joshua Funk; two sisters, Janet Mitzner and Mary Leal; brother, Russ Funk; father and stepmother, LaVern and Joyce Funk; and three grandchildren.

A memorial service will be at 8 p.m. today (Wednesday) at Westside Family Church, Lenexa. Memorial funds have been established with Hope City or Forerunner Christian Fellowship.