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Frances E. Michael

November 13, 1925 November 21, 2017
Frances E. Michael
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Obituary for Frances E. Michael

Frances Elaine Michael, 92, of Iowa City, died Tuesday, November 21, 2017 at Solon Nursing Care Center.

Mass of Christian Burial will begin Monday at 10:00 am at St. Wenceslaus Catholic Church in Iowa City.
Visitation will be held Sunday from 3:00 to 6:00 pm at Lensing’s Oak Hill, 210 Holiday Road in Coralville. A rosary will begin at 2:30 pm Sunday at the funeral home.
Burial will be in St. Stanislaus Cemetery in rural Hills.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to the University of Iowa Holden Cancer Center, St. Wenceslaus Church, or the Richard & Frances Michael Family Scholarship Fund (with the Regina Foundation).

Frances was born November 13, 1925 in Franklin County, Iowa the daughter of Theodore and Gertrude (Berninghausen) Beenen. Frances grew up in Alexander, Iowa and after graduation from Alexander High School, she received her nursing degree from Marshalltown Mercy Hospital Nursing School.
Frances was united in marriage to Richard Michael on February 8, 1952 at St. Wenceslaus Church. Frances and Richard celebrated their 61st wedding anniversary in 2013.
She worked as a registered nurse for Mercy Hospitals in both Marshalltown and Iowa City.

Frances was a dedicated wife, mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother. She was a model mother, a wonderful listener, and a special friend. Frances always took the time to teach both children and grandchildren how to sew and cook; her unconditional love was shown in everything she did. From the potato salad to the chocolate frosting, everything she made was made with love, including her family.

Survivors include her children, daughters Barbara Dietz (Bryan) of Iowa City, Pamela Tanaka (Richard) of Hopkins, Minnesota, Susan Michael, Patricia Michael, and Jana Michael, all of Iowa City; son Robert Michael (Cathy Zaharis) of Iowa City;
grandchildren, Molly Dietz, Jennifer Dietz Castillo (Anthony), Sara Dietz, Michael
Tanaka (Courtney), Jeffrey Tanaka, Randall Tanaka, Lauren Michael O’Neil (Dan) and Gregory Michael;
great-grandchildren, Grace and Emma Castillo, Henry Tanaka, Robert, Theodore, and Baby O’Neil;
brothers, William Beenen of Belmond, Iowa and Robert Berninghausen of Belmont, California.

Frances was preceded in death by her parents, and her husband Richard.

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3:00 PM 11/26/2017 3:00:00 PM - 6:00 PM 11/26/2017 6:00:00 PM
Lensing's Oak Hill

210 Holiday Road
Coralville, Iowa 52241

Lensing's Oak Hill
210 Holiday Road Coralville 52241 Iowa
United States





10:00 AM 11/27/2017 10:00:00 AM
St. Wenceslaus Catholic Church

630 East Davenport Street
Iowa City, IA 52245

St. Wenceslaus Catholic Church
630 East Davenport Street Iowa City 52245 IA
United States

Cemetery Details


St. Stanislaus Cemetery Final Resting Place

5423 Maier Ave SW
Riverside, Iowa 52235

5423 Maier Ave SW Riverside 52235 Iowa
United States

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