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Jean Lois (Heffel) Fritschen

POSTED: January 3, 2014 3:18 p.m.

Jean Lois (Heffel) Fritschen, 79, Dorrance, died died Wednesday, Jan. 1, 2014, at the Russell Regional Hospital in Russell.
Jean was born Feb. 28, 1934, on the family farm near Dorrance, the daughter of Edward and Irene (Buehler) Heffel. She grew up on the family farm, graduated from Dorrance High School, then attended Brown-Mackie College in Salina.
Jean was an administrative assistant for AGCO from 1972 to 1997. She also was the Russell County Sheriff dispatcher for a few years and a steno clerk for KAW Pipeline.  But her main occupation in life was taking care of her children and grandchildren.
Jean was a member of the St. Joseph Catholic Church in Dorrance and the Altar Society. She also belonged to the Russell V.F.W. Post #6240 Ladies Auxiliary. She enjoyed spending time outside gardening, camping at the lake, sewing, knitting, doing arts and craft projects and socializing and dancing.
Jean was united in marriage to William “Bill” Fritschen Sept. 21, 1954 in Russell. This union was blessed with five children; Sherry, Mike, Steve, Tom and Ron. They made their home in Ft. Worth, Texas, while Bill was in the military, then moved to Dorrance. Bill preceded her in death on April 21, 2009.
Jean’s surviving family include her daughter, Sherry Homeier (Will) of Russell; four sons, Mike Fritschen of Beaumont, Texas, Steve Fritschen (Paula) of Dorrance, Tom Fritschen (Cindy) of Lawrence, and Ron Fritschen (Kim) of Russell; brother, Edward Heffel of Dorrance; four sisters, Shirley Brozek of Livingston, Mont., Sherrill Marcotte of Kansas, Eleanor Libal of Loveland, Colo., Lynette Lewis of Evergreen, Colo.; 15 grandchildren and 9 great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, granddaughter Kerra Fritschen and great granddaughter Katherine Myers.
Visitation will be from noon to 8 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 5, at Pohlman-Varner-Peeler Mortuary in Russell. A vigil will be held at 7 p.m. Sunday at the mortuary. 
Celebration of the funeral mass will be held at 10:30 a.m. Monday, Jan. 6, at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Dorrance. Burial will follow at the St. Joseph Catholic Cemetery.
Memorials have been established with St. Joseph Cemetery Fund or the Paralyzed Veterans of America.  Contributions and condolences may be sent to Pohlman-Varner-Peeler Mortuary, who is in charge of these arrangements.

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