Frances L. Orthwein

February 07, 1922 - July 11, 2015 

Frances L. Orthwein

February 07, 1922 - July 11, 2015 

Obituary for Frances L. Orthwein

Frances L.

Frances L. Orthwein, 93, of Sylvania, passed away Saturday, July 11, 2015, at Aspen Grove. She was a graduate of Hamler High School and Davis Business College. Fran was an executive secretary for the Dana Corp., for 42 years, retiring in 1984. She enjoyed playing cards, especially cribbage, golf, music and spending time with friends. Fran always had a positive outlook, never complained and had a terrific sense of humor. She was a great lady and will be missed by her family and friends.

She was preceded in death by her husband of 55 years, Robert Orthwein, in 2003; sister, Bernice Van Zandt; and brothers, Bernard Howe and John J. Howe. Fran is survived by her “adopted” family, Rich and Sharon Roman; Tina (Roman) McDermott and Jason Roman; her great-grandson, Liam McDermott, who always made her smile; many nieces, nephews and friends, especially, Melissa Bernak and Joanne Kinney.

Friends are invited to visit from 2-4 p.m. Wednesday, July 22, 2015, in the Ansberg-West Funeral Home, 3000 Sylvania Avenue, (between Secor and Douglas Roads), where a “Celebration of Life “ Service will follow at 4 p.m. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests contributions be made to ProMedica Hospice.

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