Betty Frantz, 89

Betty Mae Frantz, 89, North Manchester, died at 9:17 p.m. Thursday, July 11, at Visiting Nurse and Hospice Home, Fort Wayne.  She was born May 21, 1924 in Whitley County, to George and Ruth (Goff) Knoop.

Betty was a 1942 graduate of South Whitley High School.  She married Richard D. Frantz in Wabash County, on Oct. 10, 1944; he died Aug. 19, 1995.  She was a member of the Congregational Christian Church in North Manchester.  Betty enjoyed gardening, and reading works from Helen Steiner Rice and Norman Vincent Peale.  She loved babies, and was like a mother to some of her grandchildren.

Betty is survived by her five children, Richard  D. Frantz, and Janet Bircheff, both of Fort Wayne, Kevin  (Nancy) Frantz, North Manchester, Karen (Ralfs) Ravovskis, Fort Wayne, and Diana Frantz, North Manchester; sister, Madelyn Greene, Lukens Lake, Ind.;  eight grandchildren, and five great grandchildren.  She was preceded in death by her sister, Donna Belle Gall.

Funeral services will be 10:30 a.m., Monday, July 15, at Grandstaff-Hentgen Bender Chapel, 207 W. Main Street, North Manchester.  Burial will be in South Whitley Cemetery.  Friends may call from 9:30-10:30 a.m. Monday at the funeral home.

Preferred memorials are to the Visiting Nurse and Hospice Home, Fort Wayne or Congregational Christian Church.

Posted on 2013 Jul 15