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Weigel Funeral Home ~ Swanton
Friday March 13th, 2020
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Weigel Funeral Home ~ Swanton
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Frances Sophia Zientek

Frances Sophia Zientek, age 94, of Assumption, Ohio, entered into eternal life, Sunday evening, March 8, 2020, at the Elizabeth Scott Community in Maumee. Frances was born May 2, 1925, in Metamora to Bartholomew and Frances (Konecny) Stasa. Fran, Franny, Mom, Grandma and Granny as she was known to all who knew and loved her, 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 effortsand graduating with her RN degree in 1947 from the Mercy School of Nursing. She retired from Toledo Hospital after 25 years in 1980.

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

Frances was a devout Catholic, member of Holy Trinity Catholic Parish, and 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 – teaching all who asked how to make Czech pastries and was an avid polka dancer well into her later years. But above all, Frances was proud of her family – the achievements of each of her children, grandchildren, greats and great-greats were her legacy. She was loved.

Frances will be greatly missed by her children, Carol (Robert) Willson, Barbara Witney, Beth Foley, Michael (Marlene), Charles (Linda), Steven (Gayle), Edward (Amanda), Brian (Amy), Laura (Tim) Gold; daughter-in-law, Loria Zientek; her sisters, Betty Harbal and Millie Oliver; as well as 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, Anna Mrkva; infant brother, Edward; brothers, Steve, Frank, John, Tony, Charlie and Leslie; and numerous sister- and brother-in-laws.

Visitation will be held Friday, March 13 from 3:00 to 8:00 p.m. at the Weigel Funeral Home in Swanton;Rosary will be prayed at 7:00 p.m. Visitation will continue Saturday, March 14 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.

The family would like to acknowledge the Bucher family, the administration and staff of Elizabeth Scott Community for the special care and love Mom received over the past several years – may God bless you all! 

Memorial contributions may be made to Holy Trinity Church or School.

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Dear Mike,
I am so very sorry for the loss of your Mom.
I remember our Moms, both RN's, used to carpool together to Toledo hospital when they both had the same shift.
I really enjoyed watching the video (especially listening to the Czech music!).
Her smile will live on forever.

Barb Taylor Mar 14 2020 12:00 AM

Brian and entire Zientek Family, what a wonderful Mother you were so Lucky to have! I had the pleasure of knowing Frances when her Husband was still with us and then into the most recent years when my Mother became a resident of Elizabeth Scott and we were fortunate enough to have Frances in the same wing so "She could keep an eye on Ann"! She would always tell Stories to my wife Tara of her kids,grandkids(who at 94 she still knew everyone's name,birthday,where they were living-you name it!) She was always so thoughtful,nice and caring and will be undoubtedly missed. We know she's in the best place possible and will "Keep an eye on all who are with her!" Our thoughts and prayers for all of you-God Bless-Mike and Tara Dzienny

mdzienny1@yahoo.com Mar 13 2020 12:00 AM

Our thoughts and prayers are with you.

John and Janet (Polasek) Schelling
Joe Polasek
Defiance, Ohio

Janet Mar 13 2020 12:00 AM

Just watched the video. What a wonderful tribute to a truly great lady. Aunt Frances will live in my memories forever. My prayers to the Zientek family as you say goodbye to Frances. With sympathy from me and my boys, Alex & Trey. Hugs to all.

Deb Harbal Johnson Mar 12 2020 12:00 AM

You have our deepest sympathy in the loss of your mother. She was always a warm and friendly person!

Harry and Aggie Miller Mar 12 2020 12:00 AM

I have so many fond memories of Fran. She was always eager to share her knowledge and her suggestions and join into the activities here at Elizabeth Scott. She is a light from God that touched many. She loved to talk about and participate in outings to Fulton County Fair, gardening, games, music, and she loved to paint. Fran will always be remembered with great love! Patti

Patti Jimison Mar 11 2020 12:00 AM

My heart is broken in losing my dear friend, Frances. What a lady. I loved our visits and all the wisdom she shared about life, acceptance, faith and unconditional love. I will miss her and never forget her. My sympathy to her lovely family. You were blessed to call her Mom.

Jane Dominique Mar 10 2020 12:00 AM

To Frances 's Family, I didn't know Frances until she came to Elizabeth Scott Community, her apartment was across the hall from mine. We became friends and exchanged newspapers, I met some of her family and became friends over the years. My wife was a Snyder girl and lived not to far from Frances. I will miss her, I always enjoyed seeing her, we always had something to talk about. You all have my Sympathy.

Hal Griffin Mar 10 2020 12:00 AM

So sorry for your loss of your mother.We always enjoyed visiting with her on Sundays,she kept her eyes on Rick's mom to be sure she was being taken care of. Miss our visits with her.

Rick and Kathy Raab Mar 10 2020 12:00 AM

Dear Zientek Family, Our thoughts and prayers are with you all as you celebrate Frances. God bless.

Tom and Marianne (O'Neill) Armstrong Mar 9 2020 12:00 AM

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