Frances Ethel Mintel, 102, of Minooka and formerly of Decatur and Quincy, died Friday (Dec. 28, 2012) at Provena St. Joseph Medical Center in Joliet with family by her side.
She was born on Nov. 9, 1910, in Bozeman, Mont., to Jotham Riley Wiley and Ethel Kizer. She married Walter Otto Mintel in December 1937.
Frances grew up on a farm in northeast Missouri in an area settled in the early 1700s and attended classes through eighth grade at Haycraft School, a one-room school, built by her grandfather on land that the family donated. In order to attend high school, Frances moved to Ewing, Mo., and lived with her great-aunt and uncle. She walked a mile to school, home for lunch, back to school for the afternoon, and then home again. Graduating as valedictorian of her class, she continued her education at the Sinclair School of Nursing, University of Missouri at Columbia, graduating with a BSN in 1933. Her choice of a career pathway was determined when she watched a neighbor's child die. She believed that better medical care would have saved the child. Frances did her clinicals at Chicago Lying Inn Hospital (now a part of the University of Chicago) and Cook County Hospital. She worked in nursing in Idaho and Michigan, and in her later years in Quincy as a private duty nurse. She met her husband at the University of Michigan
in Ann Arbor, as she pursued her master's degree in public health.
During her lifetime, Frances thirsted for knowledge and never knew a stranger. She enjoyed engaging others in conversation to learn of their life stories. One of her most memorable moments was that the Berlin Wall came down on her birthday in 1989, especially poignant, as her husband immigrated from Germany, having lived and worked in Berlin. Frances was a continual learner and hoped that people today would take the time to study history and its effects on us.
She enjoyed music, dancing, flowers, traveling, activities and spending time with her family and friends.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband; stepbrothers, Charles Wiley (Irene) of Seattle, Wash., and Daniel Nelson of Bozeman; and a grandson, Mark Mintel of Atlanta.
She is survived by her children, Richard (Judith) of Chicago and Savoy, Ralph of Seattle and Margate City, N.J., and Janice (Donald) Jack of Minooka; a sister-in-law, Esther Nelson of Bozeman; a granddaughter, Josephine Mintel of Chicago; a stepgranddaughter, Anastasia (Ubaldo) Cepeda of Oswego; stepgreat-grandchildren, Alec, Austin and Aidan Cepeda of Oswego; cousins; extended family; dear friends; and neighbors in many communities.
The family would like to thank the following medical community for the compassion and loving care extended to Frances over several years for a quality life: staff of Provena St. Joseph Medical Center; Dr. Singla and Dr. Gutta (primary care); Dr. Kelleher (dermatology); Dr. George (podiatry); Dr. Battista (Hinsdale otology); and Dr. Barba (Bloomington ophthalmology).
SERVICES: 6 p.m. Monday in the Blackburn-Giegerich-Sonntag Funeral Home in Joliet. Burial will be held at a later date in Nelsonville (Mo.) Baptist Cemetery with arrangements by the Ball-Davis Funeral Home, Ewing.
VISITATION: 3-6 p.m. Monday in the funeral home.
MEMORIALS: In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to a
or to the following: MU Sinclair School of Nursing, Office of Development, S219 School of Nursing, Columbia, MO 65211; Central Baptist Church, 321 N. Seventh St., Quincy, IL 62301.
ARRANGEMENTS: Blackburn-Giegerich-Sonntag Funeral Home, 1500 Black Road, Joliet, IL 60435.
Condolences may be expressed online at www.whig.com