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Frances Funk

Posted on July 13, 2013 at 1:00 a.m.

Oct. 8, 1922 - Sept. 14, 2013

BELCHERTOWN, Mass. — Frances Funk, 89, died peacefully at home in Belchertown, Mass., Sept. 14, 2012.

Frances was born Oct. 8, 1922, in Cleveland. She grew up in Windom, Ohio, and graduated from Bluffton College. She met her husband of 65 years, Melvin, in voluntary service with Mennonite Central Committee.

Frances raised four children and cared for her parents in Illinois from 1950 to 1962 and in Elkhart, Ind., from 1962 to 2000. She taught swimming at the Y, was active in her church and swam the Great Race until she was 80. She and Melvin moved to Goshen, Ind., in 2000 and Massachusetts in 2009.

Frances is survived by her husband; sister Ann Mellinger of Standish, Maine; and her children and grandchildren, Elizabeth, Gabriel and Alisa Funk of Anchorage, John Funk of Portland, Ore., Deborah Funk of Aurora, Colo., and David, Aaron and Lydia Funk of Belchertown.

She was predeceased by her sister Dorothy Nilsson of Canfield, Ohio. Her memorial service will be at 10:30 a.m. Aug. 17, at Hively Avenue Mennonite Church.

In lieu of flowers, please give to the relief work of MCC, P.O. Box 500, Akron, PA 17501 or visit