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Frances Merfeld

Frances M. Merfeld

Thursday, August 23rd, 1923 - Sunday, February 24th, 2019
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Frances Marie (Frazier), 95 of Kenosha, Wisconsin, went to be with the Lord, February 24, 2019 surrounded by her family. She was born August 23, 1923 in Chapin, Iowa daughter of the late Milton and Hazel (Peterson) Frazier.
After graduating from Clear Lake High School, Clear Lake, Iowa, she attended Hamilton Business College, Mason City, Iowa, Olivet Nazarene College, Bourbonnais, Illinois, then in 1976 attended and graduated in secretarial courses at the top of her class from Gateway Technical College, Kenosha, Wisconsin.
She was employed by Otto Nelson Moving and Storage Company for 30 years. She retired in 1999.
Frances married the love of her life Wayne G. Merfeld on November 23, 1946 in Mason City, Iowa. They moved to Kenosha, Wisconsin in 1959. Frances was a lifelong member of the Church of the Nazarene. She had a special place in her heart for children and taught young children in Sunday School for over 40 years. She loved flowers, gardening, watching birds, and looked forward to the arrival of the Baltimore Orioles each Spring. Frances will always be remembered for her caring heart and words of encouragement through notes, cards, and acts of kindness. She was a loving wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother.
She is survived by her sisters, Mildred Crosby, Dorothy Heinold, brother, Maurice (Marlene) Frazier, sister in law, Irene Gabe; six children, Darrell (Nancy) Merfeld, Cheryl (Doug) Samples, Gerald (Doreen) Merfeld, Merrill (Mary) Merfeld, Carol Hoeft, Jeneyl (Steve) Anglin; grandchildren, Jill Pageau, Scott Samples, Mark Samples, Melissa Merfeld Westland, Daniel Merfeld, Tamara Patton, Jacob Merfeld, Alaina Roth, Seth Anglin, Jennifer Baum, Shari Gilchrist, Patty Grant, -Lesley VanLinn; greatgrandchildren, Michael Marshall, Taylor Pageau, Henry, Capron, Marlo Samples, Angelica Lidzy, Andersen and John Henry Patton, Mishayla and Joey Merfeld, Nolan and Aubrey Merfeld, Kyle and Cole Gilchrist, Coner and Quinn Grant, Jackson and Dylan VanLinn, Joslynn Hoeft, Travis and Nataliah Roth.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Wayne G. Merfeld; two sons-in-law, Larry Stewart and Michael Hoeft; and two brothers, Leonard and Dewitt Frazier. She will be greatly missed by all!
Visitation will be held on Thursday, February 28th, at Proko Funeral Home from 4:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. and will continue on Friday, March 1st, at First Christian Church, 13022 Wilmot Road, from 10:30 a.m. until the time of the service at 11:00 a.m. Interment will follow at Sunset Ridge Memorial Park.
Proko Funeral Home and Crematory
5111-60th Street
Kenosha, WI 53144
Phone: (262) 654-3533
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  • Visitation

    Thursday, February 28th, 2019 | 4:00pm - 7:00pm
    Thursday, February 28th, 2019 4:00pm - 7:00pm
    Proko Funeral Home & Crematory
    5111-60th Street
    KENOSHA, WI 53144
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  • Second Visitation

    Friday, March 1st, 2019 | 10:30am - 11:00am
    Friday, March 1st, 2019 10:30am - 11:00am
    First Christian Church
    13022 Wilmot Road
    KENOSHA, WI 53142
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email
  • Service

    Friday, March 1st, 2019 | 11:00am
    Friday, March 1st, 2019 11:00am
    First Christian Church
    13022 Wilmot Road
    KENOSHA, WI 53142
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email
    Pastor Doug Samples, Pastor Wilson Deaton
  • Interment

    Friday, March 1st, 2019 |
    Friday, March 1st, 2019
    Sunset Ridge Memorial Park
    4300 Green Bay Road
    Kenosha, WI 53144
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email


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Pat & Connie McDevitt

Posted at 02:08pm
With heartfelt condolences, She was a very special person
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Diane Sinnen-Schmeiser

Posted at 12:33pm
Being neighbors as a kid had many rewards. Mrs. Merfeld was an excellent baker. On Halloween when we would trick or treat you knew going shouldn't pass up the Merfeld house. Mrs. Merfeld would greet you at the door then have you come with her into the kitchen where she made you a fresh doughnut for your treat. This was a yearly ritual for both her and the neighborhood kids. What a loving and giving soul this Saint was. She will truly be missed by many.
Diane Sinnen-Schmeiser

Kelly Laux

Posted at 06:11pm
Frances was my client at the bank, and as soon as I met her over 4 years ago, she became like a second grandmother to me. I loved hearing her stories of her growing up, her education (she was very happy to hear that my son started at Gateway last year, and sent a card to him wishing him luck), and about her family. And in return she always asked me how my family was doing, and asked about vacations or other events that I told her about and she remembered. I have kept her many cards that she wrote to me at the bank, and the personal Christmas cards and birthday cards she sent to my house. She truly was a remarkable woman and lived life to its fullest and with grace, dignity, and her belief in God. May he have wrapped his arms around her and welcomed her. She will be missed.
-Kelly Laux

Kelly Laux Posted at 10:34am

I also wanted to mention that she would bring us PussyWillows from her house, and we still have them at the bank. They are displayed proudly in a vase behind the teller line and will remain there in memory of her.

Mike and Debbie Owens

Posted at 09:16am
Our Deepest Sympathies and Condolences.
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Gail Principe and Anna Amato

Posted at 05:15pm
Please accept our most heartfelt sympathies for your loss. Our thoughts are with you and your family during this difficult time. With love and hugs,
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