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Marcia Fratz

Marcia Ruth Fratz (Maiken)

Friday, August 14th, 1942 - Friday, January 17th, 2020
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Marcia Ruth (Maiken) Fratz, 77
Friday, August 14, 1942 - Friday, January 17, 2020

Marcia Ruth (née Maiken) Fratz went to be with her Savior and Lord on Friday, January 17, 2020, after a courageous battle with cancer. She was born August 14, 1942 to David and Ruth (née Bussinger) Maiken in Dover, Ohio.
On June 25, 1960, Marcia married Roger Freelon with whom she had four children: Rebecca, Debra, Rita “Cathy,” and Michael. Over the years she worked at Gerwig’s White Barn, Kresge, W.T. Grant, Cresco, and A.L. Garber Company.
On March 26, 1977, Marcia met the love of her life, Jesus Christ, and became a child of God.
After her first marriage ended, mutual friends Eldon and Pattie Barone introduced Marcia to Donald Fratz from Litchfield, Ohio, a widower with four children: James, Carolyn, Heather, and Andy. Marcia and Don were married on March 5, 1983, and together had a daughter, Rachel.
While living in Litchfield, Marcia worked for Buckeye Schools as an aide, and crocheted 500 hat and booties sets for Medina hospital newborns.
During their life together, Marcia and Don served on five short-term mission trips to a Navajo reservation. Other mission trips took them to England, Ireland, and New York City.
Marcia loved crafts, especially crocheting, making over 120 afghans for family and friends and many baby afghans. She enjoyed entering her crafts in the Ashland County fair and won many awards. She was also a 16-gallon blood donor. She enjoyed collecting Snow White memorabilia.
Marcia was a member of Ashland Grace Brethren Church for over 40 years. She served at the reception desk and together with Don helped with two-year-olds. They also served on the marriage committee, hospitality committee, and as door greeters. She enjoyed traveling and went on a trip to Israel, Jordan, and Egypt, as well as trips to the Gatlinburg area with friends, and to Sight & Sound theater musical productions.
Marcia was blessed with nine children, fifteen grandchildren, seven great-grandchildren, many friends and a large family. She loved hosting holiday get-togethers and family gatherings. She enjoyed attending sporting events and programs involving her family.
She is survived by her husband, Don; daughters Becky (Paul) Blair, of Ashland; Debby (Mark) Dever of Nankin; Cathy Freelon of Nankin; Carolyn (Sal) Salupo of Sagamore Hills; Heather (Scott) Riddle of Arlington; and Rachel (Raymel) Early of Ashland; one son, Michael (Missy) Freelon of Ashland; sisters Dina (John) Keener and Mary Jo Hackett; brother John (Donna) Maiken; cousins Carol Kasserman and Laura (Larry) Colvin; and many nieces and nephews.
Marcia was preceded in death by her parents, sons James and Andy Fratz, and brother-in-law Tom Hackett.
Memorial service will be held Friday, January 24, 2020, at 11:00 a.m. at Ashland Grace Church, 1144 W. Main St., Ashland, OH 44805, with Pastors Dan Allan and Norm Johnson officiating. Interment will follow in the Nankin Cemetery. Friends may call at Ashland Grace Church, Thursday, January 23, 2020, from 4:00 p.m.-7:00 p.m. Friends may also visit one hour prior to the memorial service on Friday. All services to be held at Ashland Grace Church. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made to Ashland Grace Brethren Church, Southview Grace Brethren Church, or the Ashland County Cancer Association.

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Denbow-Gasche Funeral Home assisted the family with the arrangements.
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  • Visitation

    Thursday, January 23rd, 2020 | 4:00pm - 7:00pm
    Thursday, January 23rd, 2020 4:00pm - 7:00pm
    Grace Church
    1144 W. Main St.
    Ashland, Ohio 44805
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  • Second Visitation

    Friday, January 24th, 2020 | 10:00am - 11:00am
    Friday, January 24th, 2020 10:00am - 11:00am
    Grace Church
    1144 W. Main St.
    Ashland, Ohio 44805
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  • Funeral Service

    Friday, January 24th, 2020 | 11:00am
    Friday, January 24th, 2020 11:00am
    Grace Church
    1144 W. Main St.
    Ashland, Ohio 44805
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email
    Pastor Dan Allan
    Pastor Norm Johnson
  • Interment

    Friday, January 24th, 2020 | 12:30pm
    Friday, January 24th, 2020 12:30pm
    Nankin Cemetery
    St. Rt. 302
    nankin, OH 44848
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Mary ANn

Posted at 05:42pm
Don and family,

Just wanted to express that our sincere thoughts and prayers are with you all throughout this great loss. Marcia was a lovely Christian lady and we were glad to have known her. God's Blessings to all of you. Mary Ann, Dan and Madlyn Bauer

Judith Lang

Posted at 08:49am
I wish to express my deepest sympathies to each and every member of Marcia's family. I know she was a very compassionate woman and she was unselfish with her time and resources. She was charitable to my late husband and I when we were going through hard times. I shall never forget that kindness.
I know she was loved and I know she will be missed. I also know she is at peace with our Heavenly Father.
I pray that God grants each of you comfort through this time of sorrow. Judy Lang

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