Zientek, Frances

Frances Sophia Zientek, 94, of Assumption, Ohio, died March 8, 2020, at the Elizabeth Scott Community in Maumee, Ohio.

Frances was born May 2, 1925, in Metamora, Ohio, to Bartholomew and Frances (Konecny) Stasa. Fran or Franny  was a life-long resident of the Assumption-Metamora area.

She was a 1944 graduate of Metamora High School, entering nursing school in support of the war effort and graduating with an R.N. degree in 1947 from the Mercy School of Nursing. She retired in 1980 from Toledo Hospital after 25 years. 

On Aug. 23, 1947, she married Edward Zientek in Assumption. Together, the couple raised 10 children and were married for 53 years.

Frances was a devout Catholic, a member of Holy Trinity Catholic Parish, and the proud mother of 10 graduates of St. Mary’s Assumption School. She was active in the Altar and Rosary Society, Catholic War Veterans Ladies Auxiliary and Catholic Order of Foresters.

She was proud of her Czech heritage and taught all who asked how to make Czech pastries. She was an avid polka dancer well into her later years. Above all, Frances was proud of her family and the achievements of each of her children, grandchildren, greats and great-greats, and she consider them to be her legacy.

Frances is survived by children Carol (and Robert) Willson, Barbara Witney, Beth Foley, Michael (and Marlene), Charles (and Linda), Steven (and Gayle), Edward (and Amanda), Brian (and Amy), Laura (and Tim) Gold; daughter-in-law, Loria Zientek; sisters Betty Harbal and Millie Oliver; numerous grandchildren, great-grandchildren, great-great grandchildren, nieces and nephews.

Frances was preceded in death by her husband; son Donald; daughter-in-law Deborah Zientek; grandson Kevin Zientek; parents; sisters Frances Stasa, Rose Patek, Mary Patek and Anna Mrkva; infant brother Edward; brothers Steve, Frank, John, Tony, Charlie and Leslie; and numerous sisters- and brothers-in-law.

Visitation is planned from 3 to 8 p.m. Friday, March 13, at Weigel Funeral Home in Swanton. Rosary will be prayed at 7 p.m. Visitation will continue Saturday from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. at Holy Trinity Catholic Church in Assumption, where a Mass of Christian Burial will begin at 10:30 a.m. with Fr. Brown presiding. Interment will follow at St. Mary's Cemetery.

Memorial contributions are suggested to Holy Trinity church or school.