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“Marvin and family so sorry to know of your loss.I believe she graduated with our Crystal{she has battled the cancer demon also}Never easy to say...Read More »
1 of 25 | Posted by: Betty Westercamp - Grinnell, IA

“We were so sorry to hear of your mother's passing. Hold tight to the wonderful memories you have of her, which we are sure there are many. We pray...Read More »
2 of 25 | Posted by: Jeannie Thompson - Montezuma, IA

“Worked with Kathleen for many years at Grinnell General Hospital. She was an amazingly strong woman and great coworker. ”
3 of 25 | Posted by: Edie Kuntz - Brooklyn, IA

“I knew Kathleen from IVRS. I found her to be a nice person and nearly always had a smile whenever I saw her. My condolences to Kathleens family. My...Read More »
4 of 25 | Posted by: Carol Stewart - Des Moines, IA

“My condolences to Kathleen's family and especially her children. I remember having many laughs with Kathleen back in the Monte days. She was a lot of...Read More »
5 of 25 | Posted by: Rob Gibson - Grinnell, IA

“My heart goes out to Kathleen's family with this incredible loss. I worked with her at GRMC and always enjoyed our conversations. She always made me...Read More »
6 of 25 | Posted by: Dawn Hanson - Grinnell, IA

“Sending condolences to the Frantz family for your loss of Kathleen. ”
7 of 25 | Posted by: Sherri Simmer - Des moines, IA

“Sorry for your loss ”
8 of 25 | Posted by: Jenea Rauch Keith - Wheaton, MO

“So sorry kids about your mom she was wonderful. I use to baby sit for you all. She was also in my wedding. So sorry for your loss prayers for you all...Read More »
9 of 25 | Posted by: Theresa Mccreedy - Family Friend

“I had worked with Kathleen for many years and thoroughly loved working with her, She was so fun and had a great sense of humor. My thoughts go out to...Read More »
10 of 25 | Posted by: Julie Bartachek - Brooklyn, IA

“Andy, I am so sorry your mother has passed... prayers and thoughts from me. ”
11 of 25 | Posted by: Gayle Clark - Waterloo, IA

“Gary, I am so sorry for your loss. Praying God surrounds you with his peace and love.Betty ”
12 of 25 | Posted by: Betty Haverkamp - Clive, IA

“Prayers to Kathleen's family. She was a warm, wonderful, fun-loving person and will be greatly missed. ”
13 of 25 | Posted by: Crystal Lyddon - Montezuma, IA

“My condolences to Gary and the family of Kathleen. So sorry for your loss. ”
14 of 25 | Posted by: Vicki Wiebelhaus - Pleasant Hill, IA

“Never a sister-in law, but ALWAYS a sister. Gonna miss you like crazy , Kathleen!! You were always so kind and compassionate., and always had such a...Read More »
15 of 25 | Posted by: Louise Frantz - DesMoines, IA

“I always enjoyed visiting with Kathleen at her grandkids birthday parties. She had such a fun personality! You are all in my prayers during this...Read More »
16 of 25 | Posted by: Kris McGrane - Fayette, IA

“So sorry for your loss Steve, if there is anything you need, please let us know!! ”
17 of 25 | Posted by: Patti Allen - Cedar Rapids, IA

“The Blubaughs' thoughts and prayers all go out to Gary and all of Kathleen's family. I was blessed to of met Kathleen when she was healthy, and...Read More »
18 of 25 | Posted by: Mick, Marty, and Gene Blubaugh - IA

“Kathleen was a very special lady. She always had time to listen with a kind heart. I looked up to her. She was a shining example of how to live...Read More »
19 of 25 | Posted by: Anne Grobel - Des Moines, IA

“Kathleen was a pleasure to have at work. She was sincere in her interest in helping our job candidates be successful. She was always willing to be...Read More »
20 of 25 | Posted by: Mark Sirois - Des Moines, IA

“Kathleen was such a strong willed, loving, beautiful lady. She was very comforting, welcoming, accepting, and courageous. I wish I would've gotten...Read More »
21 of 25 | Posted by: Michelle Green - Cedar Rapids, IA

“Kathleen was an awesome person - she loved her family beyond belief and found true happiness with Gary---rest in peace my friend- I will miss you....Read More »
22 of 25 | Posted by: becky lofstedt - johnston, IA

“Prayers for Kathleen's family. We have many memories of Kathy from our MHS days together. She was a hard worker and always gave 110%. RIP Kathy ”
23 of 25 | Posted by: Robin and Mark Bolen - Montezuma, HI

“Kathleen was a wonderful, caring person and my family will miss her very much! Her smile was the best around! Until we meet again! RIP Kathleen! Love...Read More »
24 of 25 | Posted by: Roberta Frantz - Des Moines, IA

“Kelsey and family, our heart breaks for your loss, and our thoughts and prayers are with your family during this difficult time. Love, Seth, Rachael,...Read More »
25 of 25 | Posted by: Seth, Rachael, and Caroline Jones - KY


Kathleen Mary Frantz, 59, of Ankeny and formerly of Montezuma and Grinnell, passed away on Tuesday, September 12, 2017, from this life after a year and half battle with pancreatic cancer.

Mass of the Resurrection will be held 11:00 a.m., Monday, September 18, 2017, at the Community Hope Church in Montezuma with Rev. Ron Hodges, pastor of St. Mary's Catholic Church in Grinnell, officiating. Pianist will be Marilyn Kriegel. Casket Bearers will be Dan DeRycke, Randy DeRycke, Ryan DeRycke, Mike Goodman, Austin Hester, Luke Goodman, Andy Smith and Steve Smith. Honorary Bearers will be Donovan Smith, Jacob Ladeburg, Gabriel Smith, Taylor Vander Leest, Brooklyn Smith, Dylan Vander Leest, Mason Vander Leest, Evan Neil, Eloise Boughton and Jett Boughton. Interment will be at the Jackson Township Cemetery in Montezuma.

Friends may call at the Smith Funeral Home beginning 1:00 p.m. on Sunday and the family will be present at the funeral home from 2:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. on Sunday. A scripture service will be held 5:00 p.m. on Sunday at the funeral home.

Should friends desire, memorials in Kathleen's name may be directed to the Pancreatic Cancer Research via Kathleen's Krusaders at the Purple Stride @ Support.pancan.org or sent in care of the Smith Funeral Home, P.O. Box 368, Grinnell, Iowa 50112.

Kathleen was born on June 18, 1958, at the former St. Francis Hospital in Grinnell, Iowa to Marvin and Mary Frances Facile Van Gorp. She was raised in Montezuma and graduated from Montezuma High School with the Class of 1976. She held the record in the long jump for several years at Montezuma High School.

Kathleen was a loving mother to four children and cherished time spent with her children and grandchildren. She also worked at Grinnell Regional Medical Center and for the past few years she was a rehabilitional assistant for the State of Iowa.

On March 14, 2016, she was united in marriage to Gary Dean Frantz at All Saints Catholic Church in Des Moines. The couple made their home in Ankeny and one of the highlights of their marriage was a trip to Cancun in Mexico.

Kathleen enjoyed the outdoors, camping, visiting Lake Ponderosa, hiking and walking and doing yard work. She was also an avid Iowa State Cyclone fan. She fought a battle with pancreatic cancer for almost two years and was active in the Purple Stride of the Pancreatic Cancer Research Association.

Survivors include her husband, Gary Frantz of Ankeny; her children, Steve (Michelle Green) Smith of Cedar Rapids, Jennifer (Joel) Vander Leest of Grinnell, Andy (Tiffany) Smith of West Union, IA and Kelsey (Tyler) Boughton of Montezuma; two step children, Sarah Frantz of Johnston and Luke Frantz of Des Moines; ten grandchildren; her father Marvin Van Gorp of Montezuma; one brother, Wayne Van Gorp of Cedar Rapids; and three sisters, Diane (Allen) Kitzmann of Montezuma, Marveen (Lyle) Behounek of Tama and Marchelle (Mike) Goodman of Montezuma.

She was preceded in death by her mother.

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