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Loretta Franz

November 12, 2022

Loretta Sue Franz died Saturday, November 12, 2022, at the age of 82.


Loretta was born on October 18, 1940, in Enid, Oklahoma, to Joe and Ruby Eck. Loretta Sue, along with her twin sister, Joetta Lou, were raised on a farm between Meno and Goltry, Oklahoma. Her dad was a custom harvester. While in Goltry High School, the twins played basketball, were salutatorians of their senior class, and were involved in many music events together. The family attended Zoar Mennonite Church in Goltry where Loretta was baptized in 1954, by Rev. J.W. Bergen.


After graduating from Goltry High School in 1958, Loretta and Joetta attended Bethel College in North Newton, Kansas. She received an associates of art degree in business. They both played basketball and volleyball during the two years they were at Bethel. The twins then worked for two years at Hesston Corporation together.


It was at Bethel College that Loretta met Kenneth Franz and they were married on June 4, 1961, by Rev. Arnold Epp at First Mennonite Church, Newton, KS where she transferred her membership. To this marriage was born Kent Wayne on October 11, 1962, and Jay Douglas on November 10, 1966


When Kent was two years old, Loretta began to teach 2 to 4 year olds Sunday School class songs and Bible stories at First Mennonite Church. She enjoyed teaching for 33 years. Music was very important in her life. While growing up, she sang trios together with Joetta and their Mom. The twins are probably singing those songs with their Mom now.


Loretta’s hobbies included keeping her yard and flower gardens beautiful. Her huge tomato plants that she planted every year kept the neighbors supplied. She also enjoyed her many years as Sales Coordinator at Premier Building Products and Shipping Clerk at Sims Enterprises. She loved watching the Kansas City Royals and Wichita State basketball games on television.


Loretta has said that her two children were her most wonderful blessings in life. She enjoyed attending all the sporting events that her sons, Kent and Jay, participated in through high school – football, basketball, and tennis and going on to college games where Kent and Jay played basketball. She especially enjoyed attending the many events that her grandchildren participated in – softball, volleyball, basketball, cross country, and track.


In addition to her husband, she is survived by her sons: Kent of Chandler, OK, and Jay and wife Monica of Wichita, KS: granddaughters, Shelbey and husband Bart Estes, Blakeley and husband Randon Gregory, Cecilia and husband Jordan Friedel, Oliva and husband Carlos Burbach, and grandson Keelan and wife Megan Franz; four great grandsons and two great granddaughters; brother-in-law Paul Penner; nieces and nephews. Preceding her in death were her mother and father, Joe and Ruby Eck, Inman, KS; and on July 8, 2010, she lost her twin sister, Joetta, to cancer.


A memorial service will be at 11:00 AM, Friday, November 18th, 2022, at Grace Community Church in Newton, Kansas. A visitation will be the evening prior from 5:00 – 9:-00 PM, Thursday, November 17th at Petersen Funeral Home. A private graveside will take place at Greenwood Cemetery.


The family expresses appreciation for all the cards and visits. Everyone is invited to join them for a fellowship lunch at the church following the memorial service. Memorial contributions may be made to Grace Community Church, 1600 S. Anderson Rd., Newton, KS, 67114.

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8 thoughts on “Loretta Franz

  1. I so much enjoyed Working
    together with Loretta in the 2-3
    year old Sunday School class
    at church when our kids were
    that age. We reconnected
    again When she and Kenneth
    moved to Paramount and they
    lived just across my backyard.
    We had fun walks and talks

  2. Loretta and the entire Franz family have always bee!n such a wonderful and such a positive influence. While it is a sad time for everyone that was touched by them it is the time to celebrate Loretta’s life. She was so instrumental in raising a great family!

  3. My condolences to Ken, Kent and Jay. Loretta was a wonderful lady, friend and co-worker. I became acquainted with Loretta at Kevco, Inc. where I had the priviledge of being her supervisor. She was a hard working lady who was willing to learn and help out wherever possible. May God be with all of you during this time. She was a beautiful lady and friend.

  4. For many years we witnessed how involved Loretta was in her family and their activities. Her love and pride in her sons and her grandchildren will not be forgotten. Many prayers are offered for comfort and peace for the Franz Family!

  5. Loretta had a beautiful heart and raised 2 wonderful sons. She instilled in them a love for God as well as family. Prayibg our Lord’s comfort and peace over all the family.

  6. Loretta had a beautiful heart and raised 2 wonderful sons. She instilled in them a love for God as well as family. Praying our Lord’s comfort and peace over all the family.

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