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Frances K. Last
Frances Katherine Last, 91, of Marinette, passed away at Bay Area Medical Center Saturday, July 12.
Born Dec. 25, 1922 in Fond du Lac, to Bernard and Grace (Verbunker) Smet, she grew up one of 23 children and from a young age had to help support her family. On Feb. 16 1942, she married Harold Last in Lena.
A devoted mother and homemaker, she raised five children and enjoyed puzzles, playing cards, dancing and hunting for collectibles, especially angels.
She is survived by her children, Genevieve Ann (Russell) Fye, Nancy Lee (James) Kuchenbecker, Carl William (Cathy) Last and June Elizabeth (Edward) Partridge; sisters, Marie Hanson, Peggy Trudeau, Helen Lindquist and Carol Miller; a brother, Mike Earl Smet; a son-in-law, Frank Shampine; 12 grandchildren; 19 great-grandchildren; five step-grandchildren; seven step-great-grandchildren; eight step great-great-grandchildren; many nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Harold; her parents; a daughter, Mary Marie Shampine and 17 brothers and sisters.
Friends called at Hansen Onion Martell Funeral Home in Marinette from 4 p.m. until 8 p.m. on Tuesday, July 15. A funeral service was held at 11 a.m. Wednesday, July 16 at St. James Lutheran Church. Chaplain Darrel Diers officiated with burial in Woodlawn Cemetery, Oconto Falls.
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