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Jean Frank

Issue Date: September 16, 2020

Jean (Mather) Frank, 73, of Gillett, passed away Sunday, Sept. 13, 2020.

Born in Madison, she spent early years as a square dancer, traveling the state with the Little Badger Squares and played alto saxophone in high school. She studied Early Childhood Education at UW-Madison, graduating in 1972. There, she met and married her husband of 50 years, Gary and they moved to Washington, D.C. before settling on his family farm in 1977.

She was a preschool teacher and later was a reading tutor for the Gillett Elementary School for 18 years. She engaged in 4-H leadership for over 40 years, was a charter member of the Gillett Future Farmers of America (FFA) Alumni and was a driving force in the Gillett Public Library. She also taught Sunday School and volunteered at the Madison Children's Museum.

After retirement in 2001, they traveled with family and friends. She traveled widely in the US and abroad, visiting South Africa, Australia, Norway, Greece and many other places. She visited five continents and Central America between 2001 and 2019. Several of her great-nieces and great-nephews were baptized in water that she brought back from the River Jordan in Israel. An avid photographer, gardener, quilter and reader, she passed her love of books onto her children. She took great pride in her family and was a loyal person.

She is survived by her husband, Gary George Frank of Gillett; a daughter, Carlye Sina Frank of Winter Park, Fla.; her "German daughter," Wiltraud Duft of Leeheim, Germany; two sisters, Jeri Lyn (Mather) Cramer of Minneapolis, Mn. and Judy Mae (Mather) Baukin of Dixon, Tn. and many generations of nieces and nephews.

Along with her parents, Garwood Arthur Mather and Lovina Mae (Austin) Mather, she was preceded in death by a son, Lance Jerome Frank; her "German son," Klaus Duft and his son, Jonas Duft.

A Memorial Service will be held in Spring of 2021. Gruetzmacher Funeral Home of Suring is assisting the family with arrangements. Online condolences can be made at www.gruetzmacherfuneralhome.com Donations can be made in her memory to Christ Lutheran Church, Hintz, Wi., Friends of the Gillett Public Library, St Jude's Children's Hospital, Memphis, Tn., International Crane Foundation, Baraboo, Crazy Horse Memorial, Crazy Horse, S.D. or Gillett Future Farmers of America Alumni.


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