Frances (Fran) R. Mieske, 92, of Vassar and formerly of Midland, entered eternal life on Nov. 18, 2013, at Tendercare of Frankenmuth. She was born on Oct. 8, 1921, in Isabella County, daughter of the late Lionel and Dorothy (Davy) Duncan.
Frances married Thaddeus Mieske on Aug. 3, 1946, in Clare. He preceded her in death on Nov. 10, 2006. They celebrated 60 years of marriage. They had enjoyed traveling together.
Frances was one of the first members of Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church in Midland and continued as a member until 2010 when she moved to Vassar to live with her daughter. She worked as a church secretary at Blessed Sacrament and for the Music Society in Midland. For the past three years she has been a member of St. Frances Xavier Cabrini Catholic Church in Vassar.
Frances graduated from Clare High School in 1939 and continued her education at Central Michigan University in 1943 with a bachelor of science degree. She was especially interested in genealogy. Frances was a Mayflower descendant of William Brewster and was a member of the Daughters of the American Revolution, member of The Elder William Brewster Society, the National Society of Daughters of the Union and the Avery Memorial Association of Groton, Conn.
Surviving is her daughter, Kathryn and James Roskamp of Vassar; grandchildren, Kristin and Joseph Peters of Heartland, Eric and Laurie Roskamp of Burton, Jeanette and Matthew Folcik of Clio; great-grandchildren, Samantha and Lauren Peters, Tapanga Thompson, Sydney, Dylan and Clare Folcik; sister, Jennette and Carl Kappaert of Mississippi, brothers, James and Louisa Duncan of Arkansas, Eugene and Becky Duncan of Oregon and several nieces and nephews.
The funeral liturgy will be celebrated at 10 a.m., Saturday, Nov. 23, 2013, from Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church. Father Alberto Vargas will officiate, with burial in Cherry Grove Cemetery in Clare at 1:30 p.m. Saturday afternoon. Frances' family will receive friends at the Ware-Smith-Woolever Funeral Home, 1200 W. Wheeler St., on Friday from 4-7 p.m. and at the church on Saturday from 9 a.m. until the time of the liturgy. A vigil for the deceased will take place at 7 p.m., Friday evening at the funeral home. Those planning an expression of sympathy may wish to consider Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church or the National Breast Cancer