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Frances Alice Krestin

March 16, 2016

Frances Alice Krestin died, Wednesday, March 16, 2016 at the St. Marys Manor.

She was born March 30, 1922 on a farm near Olmitz, Kansas the sixth child of ten born to Johan Alois (John A) Krestin and Theresia Rose Suchy Krestin. She left the farm at age 14 and worked as domestic help for a doctor in Great Bend to earn room and board so she could attend Great Bend High School. She was the only member of her family to attend and graduate from high school. She graduated in 1941 on a Friday and started work as a telephone operator the following Monday.

Fran advanced from operator, to supervisor, to shift chief at the Great Bend telephone office. From there she transferred to the Topeka telephone office in the personnel department and then on to Leavenworth as the Chief Operator (1956), followed by Craig, CO., (1971) and Grand Junction, CO. (1972). She retired from the telephone company on April 25, 1980 with almost 39 years of service.

After spending some time traveling, caring for family members, and searching for a mission for her retirement years she moved to St. Marys where she resided until her death. Fran was a member of Assumption Chapel; she was a 3rd Order member in Society of St. Pius X-Crusade for Priest. Fran was also a member of Pioneer of Mountain Telephone Company in Colorado.

Requiem Mass will be at 7:00 A.M. Wednesday, March 23, 2016 at Assumption Chapel in St. Marys. Interment will be in Our Lady of Peace Cemetery, St. Marys. Miss Krestin will lie in state at the funeral home from 2:00 until 4:00 P.M. Tuesday, March 22, 2016. A Rosary will be recited at 5:20 P.M. Tuesday at the church. Memorial contributions may be made to Alzheimer’s disease and Related Disorders Association and sent in care of the funeral home.

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8 thoughts on “Frances Alice Krestin

  1. Frances Krestin died peacefully in her sleep. Her physical and spiritual strength, her kindness, her love for the Catholic faith and prayer, and for her family were an inspiration to me. She was like an older sister that I could trust and depend on for good advice and help. May she rest in peace!

  2. Fran quickly became one of my special residents here at the Manor when I started here about 5 years ago. She was always so grateful for the care she received from all of the staff. Her gracious spirit and sweet smile will be missed by all of us.

  3. I am for ever thankful to my dear friend France, because she allowed me to live in her nice house before I married. And also for giving me her car in 2008 since she was not able to drive any more. May God give her a good place in Heaven. R.I.P. T.M

  4. I am for ever grateful to my dear and generouse France because she let me live in her house for some months before I got married. And on 2008 she gave me her white car that she couldn’t drive any more. May Our Lord give her a good place in Haven. Sincerely. Teresa Murray.

  5. Fran was a special lady never tiring in her endless job of keeping our Lord’s house clean. The cleaning ladies of Assumption chapel both past and present will forever be grateful for all she taught us and will miss her
    Immensely. May she rest in peace.

  6. We appreciate her friendship with my parents, her work at the chapel, and her kindnesses to our family. I’m sure she’s been praying for all of us these many years.

    May God rest her soul and comfort her family.

  7. I extend my deep sympathy….Fran was a warm , classy lady, with a beautiful spirit and smile .I learned to love her as I dressed her hair at St.Marys Manor….R.I.P. sweet soul…..Charlotte Kling

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