Mary Violet Fronk, 97, Defiance, passed away Tuesday morning, October 15, 2019 at Vancrest Health Care Center, Holgate, after a brief illness.
Mary was born April 25, 1922 in Defiance County to the late Frederic and Viola (Fair) Slough. She graduated from Sherwood/Delaware High School in 1939. After graduation, she worked at Swift & Company where she met her husband, William Leo Fronk, Jr. Bill and Mary were married on August 28, 1943 and he preceded her in death on September 14, 1995. While Bill was serving in the Marine Corps in WWII, Mary worked for Automatic Screw Company in Defiance. Upon his return from the war, they raised their three boys (Dave, Mike, and Pat), and built their home together where she remained living independently until early this fall.
Mary was an excellent seamstress, making many of her own clothes and teaching her granddaughters how to sew. She enjoyed spending time with her family most of all, and her great grandchildren affectionately referred to her as “GG”. Her family was also very fond of her peanut brittle at Christmas time and loved her sugar cookies.
Mary is survived by her sons, David (Julie) Fronk of Tucson, AZ, and Patrick (Deanna) Fronk of Defiance, daughter-in-law Joyce (Greg) Johnson, 7 grandchildren, Jeff, Greg, Matt, Bridget, Andy, Jenny, and Brad, and 13 great grandchildren, Joshua, Jacob, Emily, Brendan, Gabriel, Zach, Marissa, Chase, Brooke, Grady, Hannah, Ethan, and Ian.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Bill, son, Michael, brothers, Ted, John, and Bill Slough and sisters, Mabel Butler, Bertha Smith, Lelah Clemens, and Mildred Wire, granddaughter Dana, and great-grandson Isaac.
Visitation will be held Friday, October 18, 2019 at the former Lawson Roessner Funeral Home (now Schaffer Funeral Home’s south location) from 4-8 pm. Funeral services will be held Saturday, October 19, 2019 at 10:00 am, also at the funeral home’s south location, with Rev. Kurt Mews officiating. Additional visitation will be held for one hour prior to the start of services.
Memorial Contributions can be made to Hospice the Caring Way, Defiance, or Tinora Music Boosters new uniform fund. Online condolences can be given at www.Schafferfh.com.
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