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Edward J. Frenz

September 7, 1920 - December 26, 2009

SPRINGFIELD – Edward J. Jack Frenz, 89, of Springfield died at 4 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 26, 2009, at St. John’s Hospital.

He was born Sept. 7, 1920, in Springfield, the son of Emil and Anna Stephens Frenz. He married Mary J. Hughes on May 28, 1986.

He was preceded in death by his parents; three brothers, Emil, Billy and Robert Frenz; an infant son; and his first wife, Dorothy Frenz, in 1984.

He is survived by his wife, Mary H. Frenz; a daughter, Sue Gambiani of Peru; three step daughters, Barbara Hughes of Springfield, Janet (husband, Richard) Winkler of Divernon and Ricki (husband, Don) Witte of Springfield; two grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; eight step grandchildren; 17 step great-grandchildren; seven step great-great-grandchildren; two sisters, Lois Davis of Sherman and Carolyn (husband, Charles) Douglas of Springfield; and several nieces, nephews and cousins.

Jack lived in Springfield most of his life. He worked at John W. Hobbs, retiring as general manager of the Spring Valley Plant. He was a graduate of Lanphier High School. He was a member of Immanuel Lutheran Church and The Rotary Club and a former member of several big bands in the Springfield area, including The Originals, and was an avid piano player. He was a Navy veteran serving in World War II.

Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 29, 2009, at Staab Funeral Home. Jack’s body will lie in state from 9 to 10 a.m. Wednesday, Dec. 30, 2009, at Immanuel Lutheran Church. Funeral services will begin at 10 a.m. Wednesday, Dec. 30, 2009, at Immanuel Lutheran Church, with Pastor Darrell Debowey officiating.

Burial will be in Camp Butler National Cemetery, where military honors will be conducted.

Memorials may be made to Immanuel Lutheran Church.

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