Frances Kathryn Blank 72, of Kearney, Missouri, passed away peacefully at her home Wednesday, March 28, 2012 surrounded by family and friends after a long battle with pancreatic cancer. Visitation will be at Fry Bross & Spidle in Kearney, Missouri on Friday, March 30 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Funeral services at Church of the Annunciation in Kearney at 10 a.m. Saturday March 31. Burial to follow at Resurrection North Cemetery Kansas city, Mo. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Northcare Hospice. Arrangements Fry Bross & Spidl, Kearney, Mo.
Frances was born December 1, 1939 in Sleepy Eye, Minnesota to Joseph and Rose Piehl. She was a graduate of Mankato State University. She was a teacher for many years and worked at North Kansas City Internal Medicine for over 20 years. Fran had the most vibrant personality and more self-abnegating of any angel on Earth. She was an amazing cook, well known for her ribs, taco pie, and chocolate cupcakes.
She is preceded in death by her husband Richard. Survivors include her sisters Barbara Roetzler of Buffalo, Minnesota, Kathy Grausam of New Ulm, Minnesota, and Brother Jerry Piehl of Sleepy Eye, Minnesota. Sons Paul of Kansas City, Missouri, Tim and his wife Bobbie of Kearney, Missouri, and daughter Christine Blank Dunn of St. Louis, Missouri, and nine grandchildren.