Frances J. Griebel
Frances J. Griebel, age 91 of Highland, Ill., died Monday, August 5, 2013, at Relais Bonne Eau in Edwardsville, Ill.
She was born on Sunday, July 9, 1922, in Metropolis, Ill., the daughter of William C. J. and Dora M. (nee Niemeyer) Bremer.
On Sunday, June 27, 1943, she married Roy J. Griebel, who passed away on Tuesday, July 11, 2000.
She was a member of Evangelical United Church of Christ, Highland, Ill., EvUCC Women’s Guild and Quilters of the EvUCC; former member of Immanuel UCC, Hamel, Ill.; UCC of Marine, Marine, Ill; Church of the Good Shepherd UCC, Carbondale; St. John’s UCC, Mascoutah, Ill.
Frances was born in Massac County near Metropolis, Ill. She was a graduate of Metropolis High School in 1938; later earned her bachelor’s degree at Carthage College at Carthage, Ill. She taught home economics at Mascoutah and then Latin and English through 1963. She also was a substitute teacher.
Her husband was a teacher, coach and superintendent at Mascoutah School. Her husband graduated from United Church of Christ seminary in 1963 and started his pastorate with the Church of the Good Shepherd UCC, Carbondale, from 1963 to 1969; UCC of Marine from 1963 to 1983; and from 1983 until his death was interim and supply pastor for the Illinois South Conference of UCC, while living in Hamel.
Frances was the corresponding secretary for the Illinois South Conference Hunger/Food Action Committee (a sub-committee of the Mission and Ecumenism Team). She sent handwritten thank-you notes to all contributors to their mission. She attended Illinois South Conference annual meetings. In 1993, she was chosen as Honored Lay Woman from the Illinois South and was acknowledged at the General Synod of United Church of Christ, St. Louis, Mo. She was a delegate for the Illinois South Conference to the National United Church of Christ General Synod in 1995 in Oakland, Calif., and in 1997 in Columbus, Ohio.
In 2001, following her husband’s death, she moved to Faith Countryside Home Village, Highland. She was active in Illinois Association for Home and Community Education, on county and state levels. She enjoyed traveling (Europe five times); visiting family and friends. She attended concerts at The Muny, enjoyed playing games, working crossword puzzles and writing letters. She volunteered on Tuesday mornings at Hitz Home for many years. She loved to cook and entertain for family and friends.
Survivors include her daughter, Juanita A. Hunter, Lansing, Mich., and son, Dr. Gerald W. (Marilyn) Griebel, Rico, Colo.; grandchildren Theron R. Chaplin, Roseville, Mich.; Chandra J. (Todd) Simmons, Grayson, Ga,; Chandra M. (Wayne) Harrison, Murfreesboro, Tenn.; Peter J. (fiancee Allison Green) Griebel, Alma, Colo.; Stefan K. (Sheryl) Griebel, Boulder, Colo.; Colin S. Travis (significant other Evelyn Alvarez), Tucson, Ariz.; great-grandchildren Ryan P. Harrison, Alexandra J. Simmons, Makenna B. Harrison, Sebastian R. Griebel, Eli S. Harrison, Seneca R. Griebel and Simone D. Griebel; sisters-in-law Ellen Ruth Bremer, Metropolis, Ill., and Mary Bremer, Metropolis, Ill.; cousin Marlys Bitzenberger, Fort Dodge, Iowa, and many loving nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her father, William Carl Julius Bremer, and mother, Dora M. Bremer (nee Niemeyer); her husband, Rev. Roy J. Griebel; her sisters Ruth Korte, and Pauline Bremer; and brothers Virgil Bremer and Edgar Bremer.
Arrangements are being handled by Spengel-Boulanger Funeral Home in Highland, Ill.
Visitation will be held from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 10, 2013, at Spengel-Boulanger Funeral Home in Highland, Ill., and from noon to 1 p.m. on Sunday, Aug. 11, 2013, at Evangelical United Church of Christ in Highland, Ill.
Funeral service will be at 1 p.m. on Sunday, Aug. 11, 2013, at Evangelical United Church of Christ in Highland, Ill, with Rev. Christopher W. Hill, senior pastor, officiating.
Interment will be at Immanuel UCC Cemetery in Hamel, Ill.
Memorial contributions may be made to Evangelical United Church of Christ, Hospice of Southern Illinois, charity of the donor’s choice.