Frances Agnes Oetken, loving wife, mother and grandmother, passed away at the age of 100 on Friday, March 19, 2021 at the home of her daughter in Burlington, Iowa.
Frances was born to Joseph and Agnes Popp of Burlington, on October 15, 1920 and was on of two children. After graduating Burlington High School she married Milton L. Oetken and together they raised their five children, Michael, John, Jim, Susan (Skalinski) and Maryann (Beckman) on the family farm north of Burlington. At the time of her death, she had 17 grandchildren, (one passed away at the age of 16 in 1983), 19 great-grandchildren, and two great-great-grandchildren.
She loved being a farm wife and homemaker and was also a devout Catholic and member of the Third Order Franciscans. Fran and Milt loved traveling around the country and took many trips west where they could enjoy the mountains. In the late 80's Mom began painting and traveled with a class to Colorado to paint her beloved mountains.
Survivors include two daughters, Sue Skalinski of Burlington, Maryann Beckman of Williams Bay, WI; two sons, John Oetken of Las Vegas, NV, and Jim Oetken of Yarmouth; 17 grandchildren; nineteen great-grandchildren; and two great-great-grandchildren; one sister-in-law, Lorraine Oetken.
Besides her husband, she was preceded in death by her parents, one son, Michael, one grandson, Jeffery, and one brother, Joseph Popp.
Visitation will be from noon until 3:00 PM with the family to receive friends following a 1:00 PM Rosary Service until 3:00 PM Sunday, March 21, 2021, at Prugh~Thielen Funeral Home.
The Funeral Mass of the Resurrection for Mrs. Oetken will be 10:00 AM Monday, March 22, 2021, at Divine Mercy Parish-St. John the Baptist Catholic Church with Fr. Marty Goetz as the Celebrant. Burial will be in St. Mary's Cemetery, rural Kingston.
A memorial has been established for St. Mary's Lady of the Grotto in West Burlington.
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