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Frances Ridgeway

Private family interment services for Frances Fae Ridgeway, who passed away at age 91 on Friday, were to be at Greenwood Cemetery in Newton.

The casket was to be open at the funeral home today.

She was born Sept. 20, 1928, in Durham to David and Lillie (Haas) Schlotthauer.

Frances attended elementary school in Aulne and then graduated from Marion High School in 1946. After graduating from high school she moved to Kansas City, Kansas, to pursue a career in cosmetology. She later obtained a job at General Electric, where she worked for 36 years in accounts payable.

On May 15, 1949, she married Calvin Ridgeway at Our Savior Lutheran Church in Marion. The couple resided in Kansas City, Kansas, for 40 years.

In 1986 the Ridgeways both retired and moved back to Marion. In 2001 they moved to Schowalter Villa retirement community in Hesston.

Church was very important to Frances, and she was an active member of the Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod all her life. Frances was baptized as a baby and confirmed in 1944 at Our Savior Lutheran Church in Marion. In Kansas City she attended St. Luke Lutheran Church, and when she moved back to Marion she transferred her membership back to Our Savior Lutheran Church.

Survivors include sister Lois Johnson of Marion and sister-in-law Lillian Weinreich of Independence, Missouri; nieces Jane Johnson of Marion, Pam Levetzow and Rhonda Oleson of Kansas City, and Cindy Holder of California; nephew Keith Kielman of Lawrence; and many grand-nieces and grand-nephews.

Frances was preceded in death by husband Calvin, sister Lorraine Scott, and brother Robert Schlotthauer.

A memorial has been established with Orphan Grain Train mission project. Contributions may be sent to Broadway Colonial Funeral Home, 120 E Broadway, Newton, KS 67114,

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Arrangements are by Broadway Colonial Funeral Home, Newton.

Last modified July 30, 2020