Frances Lillian Tryc Kierzkowski Zych
  • In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial contributions be made to the Franciscan Brothers Minor Seminary Fund c/o Diocese of Fort Wayne-South Bend. More information about the Franciscan Brothers Minor go to
  • Franciscan Brothers Minor Seminary Fund c/o Diocese of FW-SB
    P.O. Box 390
    Fort Wayne, IN 46801-0390
  • In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial contributions be made to Our Lady of Good Hope Catholic Church to be used for tuition assistance, St Vincent dePaul Pantry, or the greatest need.
  • Our Lady of Good Hope Catholic Church
    7215 Saint Joe Rd
    Fort Wayne, IN 46835-1567

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“"I've heard it said That people come into our lives for a reason Bringing something we must learn And we are led To those who help us most to grow ...Read More »
1 of 15 | Posted by: Sara Schoedel - Indianapolis, IN

“We are with you all in thoughts and prayers. We are honored to be your friends and of Frances. We mourn her passing, but she did well. May we all...Read More »
2 of 15 | Posted by: Ann & Dan Cirullo - friends

“Bachie ( I am not sure of the spelling) That is what we have always known you by. You will be missed by many but the beautiful memories that you...Read More »
3 of 15 | Posted by: Darryl and Joyce Smith - IN

“I feel very blessed to have known Frances for as many years as I did. What a special, wonderful woman. We all so looked forward to her when she came...Read More »
4 of 15 | Posted by: Shari Holbrook - Kendallville, IN

With Frances after a lovely evening together with all the family “They were very short moments, but her enthusiasm is still in my memory and in my heart. I thank God for giving me the chance to meet her, and I hope...Read More »
5 of 15 | Posted by: Javier Baile - Pamplona (Spain)

“We have only known Frances for a few short years. During this time we have grown toknow a very unique person, one full of life wkith a memory like a...Read More »
6 of 15 | Posted by: Dot & Bill Nussa - Fort Wayne, IN

“Your Grandma was a wonderful woman. She was a great Euchre Card Shark! We enjoyed her stories so much! So sorry for your loss. ”
7 of 15 | Posted by: Anita McMahon - Euchre friend

“Beautiful obituary, She was so full of life, very funny and certainly passed her sense of humor on to the following generations. I am sure she has...Read More »
8 of 15 | Posted by: Julie Wear - Family

“I did Frances' hair. She looks wonderful. Her hair and make-up looks great. She looked so peaceful. I wet her hair and put a little more rinse on...Read More »
9 of 15 | Posted by: Mickell Ihnen

“I am so thankful for the many memories that i have with Babci. I cherish all the times where I made special trips to see her even only if for a...Read More »
10 of 15 | Posted by: Justin Beck - FRANKFORT, IN

“To Conne and Tony; Wonderful memories from St Hyancith's of your mom as a kid.. You are so fortunate to have had her in your lives for so long. ...Read More »
11 of 15 | Posted by: Mary Lauer Bartlett - IN

“We loved Aunt Frances from the very first time we met her. I recall a trip to their home in Fort Wayne for a picnic and she had enough food to feed...Read More »
12 of 15 | Posted by: Lawrence and Judith Zych - FL

“What a wonderful and delightful woman. Frances will be surely missed. I received a heavenly gift on my 50th birthday when Frances arrived safely...Read More »
13 of 15 | Posted by: Dave Lonsway - friend

“I will always remember i was her "Koon azz " she will be greatly missed may you find peace ,you will always be in my prayers my the angels take you...Read More »
14 of 15 | Posted by: Terry Schoedel - distant family

“Frances is an icon @ OLGH. She was always surrounded by friends at Mass. I am proud to have been part of her circle of friends in celebrating 2...Read More »
15 of 15 | Posted by: Michael Scrogham

Frances Lillian Tryc Kierzkowski Zych, 98, passed away Thursday, June 2, 2011 at home in Fort Wayne, IN. Daughter of Josef and Josefa Tryc, Frances was born in Fort Wayne. Her mother was homesick for Poland so she took infant Frances and toddler Michael to Poland, where they were delayed for 11 years due to the outbreak of WWI. Frances attended St. Hyacinth Catholic School when she returned to Fort Wayne in 1923. She worked at INCA and General Electric factories. She married Anthony Kierzkowski in 1933 and worked at the Van Orman Hotel as a waitress for 34 years. She moved to East Chicago, IN after marrying George Zych in 1965. She moved back to Fort Wayne in 1984. Frances led a very full, active life and was a loving wife, mother and grandmother. She was always ready to entertain no matter what the age difference, never knowing a stranger. She was a member of Our Lady of Good Hope Catholic Church and past parishioner of St. Vincent dePaul Catholic Church. She was a member of the Blue Army of Fatima, a member of the PNA Polish National Alliance, enjoyed playing in the Euchre Club, and volunteered until age 90 at University Park Nursing Home for 20 years for the Friday Communion Service for St. Vincent dePaul Catholic Church. Surviving are her daughter, Connie (Tom) Eisenhuth of Fort Wayne; son, Tony (Janice) Kierzkowski of New Hope, MN; 5 grandchildren, Debi (Dave) Schoedel of Ft. Wayne, Michael Kierzkowski of Washington, DC, Rick Beck of Bluffton, Bob (Jan) Kierzkowski of Reinholds, PA and Nancy (Don) Czajkowski of New Hope, MN; 13 great-grandchildren, Jason and Jerod Beck and Jeremy (Stephanie) Beck all of Bluffton, Justin (Amanda) Beck of Frankfort, IN, Holly (Nathan) Smith and Joe Schoedel all of Ft. Wayne, Hilary Schoedel of Ave Maria, FL, Sara Schoedel of Indianapolis, IN, Kathryn Kierzkowski of Casper, WY, Melissa, Abigail and Hannah Kierzkowski of Reinholds, PA and Tony Czajkowski of New Hope, MN; 10 great-great-grandchildren, Matlin Jackson, Landon and Kalena Beck of Fort Wayne, Ethon, Kailie, Mekynzi, Alexis, and Noah Beck of Bluffton, Kenneth and Steven Beck of Frankfort, IN; brother-in-law, Philip Huizing; nieces, Elissa (Tony) Wittwer, Jennifer (Kirk) Rice all of Fort Wayne, Katrina (Jeff) Hays; nephews, John Huizing all of Seattle, WA and Phillip (Jennifer) Huizing of Fort Wayne; great-nephews and great-nieces, Aaron and Megan Wittwer, Ryan Huizing, Kristen and Karlie Rice all of Fort Wayne, Leanna and Nia Hays of Seattle, WA; as well as numerous Zych nieces and nephews of Chicago, IL. Frances was preceded in death by parents, Josef and Josefa Tryc; first husband Anthony Kierzkowski; second husband, George E. Zych; brother, Michael Tryc; and sister, Anne Huizing. Mass of Christian Burial is 11am Monday, June 6, at Our Lady of Good Hope Catholic Church, 7215 St. Joe Road, Fort Wayne, Msgr. Bruce Piechocki officiating, with calling one hour prior. Visitation 2 to 5pm and 7 to 9pm Sunday, June 5, at D.O. McComb and Sons Maplewood Park Funeral Home, 4017 Maplecrest Road, Fort Wayne, with Rosary at 7pm. Burial in Catholic Cemetery, Fort Wayne, IN. Memorials may be made to the Our Lady of Good Hope Catholic Church for tuition assistance, St Vincent dePaul Food Pantry, or the greatest need, or to the Franciscan Brothers Minor Seminary Fund c/o Diocese of Fort Wayne-South Bend. To sign the online guest book, go to