Dorothy E. (Hemmert) Frantz, 95

Dorothy E. (Hemmert) Frantz, 95, of 305 Westview Drive, Piqua, died at 3:10 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 25, 2011, at her residence.

She was born on April 26, 1916, in Fryburg, to John N. and Elizabeth (Gerstner) Gutmann, and they preceded her in death.

Dorothy lived in St. Marys and moved to Piqua following her marriage to Clifford A. Hemmert in 1937, and he preceded her in death in 1951. She then moved to Sidney in 1962 when she married Louis Frantz, and he preceded her in death in 2004.

She is survived by two daughters, Mary (Joseph) Teach of Piqua and Donna (Jim) Schlegel of Defiance; a son, James F. (Linda) Hemmert of Piqua; four stepdaughters, Jane (Bill) Hunter of Columbia, Mo., Donna (Randy) Hutto of Helena, Ala., Betty Gustin of Crossville, Tenn., and Nancy Sirch of Bradford; 27 grandchildren; 28 great-grandchildren; two great-great-grandchildren.  

She was preceded in death by three brothers, William, Harmon and Gilbert Gutmann; three sisters, Norma, Laurena and Viola Gutmann.

Mrs. Frantz graduated from Blume High School of Wapakoneta, worked at St. Marys Woolen Mill for four years before working at the J. W. Brown Store in Piqua for 12 years. She then worked 10 years at Kaizer’s Shoe Store (Ron and Nita’s) in Sidney. She had been a member of Holy Angels Catholic Church in Sidney and currently a member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church of Piqua and was active in both of their Altar Societies and the Daughters of Isabella.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10:30 a.m. Friday at St. Mary’s Catholic Church, with the Rev. Thomas J. Grilliot officiating. Burial will follow at Forest Hill Cemetery.

Visitation will be held from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday at the Jamieson and Yannucci Funeral Home, where a prayer service will be conducted at 5 p.m.

Memorial contributions may be made to St. Mary’s Church Building Fund, 525 Broadway, Piqua, OH 45356. Condolences to the family may also be expressed through