Frances Schlichting

Published 12:00 am Thursday, March 4, 2010

Frances Amelia Garbisch Schlichting, 94, passed away March 2, 2010 at Austin Medical Center.
Frances Amelia Garbisch was born April 5, 1915, at the farm home of her parents in Waltham Township, Mower County, Minn. She was the second child and first daughter of William Carl and Selma Louise (Wollenburg) Garbisch.
Frances was baptized April 7, 1915, at the home of her parents by the Rev. F. C. Milius. Her sponsors were her maternal grandmother, Louise Friederike (Wollenburg) Wollenburg, and her paternal uncle, George Paul Theodore Garbisch. She was confirmed June 3, 1928, at St. Michael Lutheran Church in rural Waltham, also by theRev. F. C. Milius.
Frances attended grade school at the public school in Waltham, receiving her diploma July 27, 1928. She attended Hayfield High School in Hayfield, Minn. for two years and graduated from Austin High School in Austin on June 2, 1932. Frances then attended Austin Normal (Teachers Training) College for one year. She subsequently taught in the rural public schools of Mower County for seven years.
On July 2, 1939, Frances was married to John Frederick Ernst Schlichting, the son of Henry William and Emma Johanna (Reinke) Schlichting at St. Michael Lutheran Church by the Rev. William Plantz. They celebrated their 65th wedding anniversary on July 2, 2004.
After their marriage, Frances and John resided on a farm in Section 20 of Waltham Township. Frances taught grade school for one more year, then became a full-time homemaker and assisted her husband in their farming. Frances and John resided on the farm for 57 years. On May 6, 1998, they moved to The Cedars in Austin.
Frances was a member of St. Michael Lutheran Church her entire life, participating in women’s organizations, leading Bible study, teaching Sunday School, making quilts and helping out whenever food was served. She was an original member of the Luther League in her youth. Frances enjoyed growing flowers and tended a huge garden each summer. She enjoyed traveling.
John passed away Aug. 1, 2004. Frances continued to reside at The Cedars until the spring of 2008, when she moved to Prairie Manor Care Center in Blooming Prairie, Minn., where she resided at the time of her death.
Frances is survived by three children, William Henry (Steve Lenius) of Golden Valley, Minn., James John of Northfield, Minn. and Evelyn Marie (Don Knapp) of Rochester, Minn.; sister, Hazel (Wilmer) Schlichting of Brownsdale, Minn.; sister-in-law, Helen (Gilbert) Garbisch of Austin; brother-in-law, Donald (Julie) Schlichting of Mankato, Minn.; and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins. 
She was preceded in death by her parents; brother, Gilbert; sister, Anona Koehler; brothers-in-law, Harlon, Henry, Wilmer and Arnold Schlichting and Otto Koehler, and sisters-in-law, Sylvia Georg and Beatrice Alpers.
Funeral services will be held at St. Michael’s Lutheran Church in Waltham at 11 a.m. Saturday. Visitation is at Worlein Funeral Home Friday from 4 to 7 p.m. and at the church one hour prior to the service. Interment is at the church cemetery. 
Worlein Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
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