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Marjorie Fratzke
May 5, 1911 - April 12, 2016

Marjorie B. Fratzke, 104, of Oelwein passed away on Tuesday April 12, 2016 at Oelwein Health Care Center.  Visitation will be from 4-7 PM on Sunday April 17, 2016 at the Geilenfeld Funeral Home in Oelwein.  Funeral Services will be held at 10:30 AM on Monday April 18, 2016 at the Geilenfeld Funeral Home with Rev. Larry Lane officiating.  Interment will be in Woodlawn Cemetery at Oelwein.  In lieu of flowers, Memorials may be directed to the Salvation Army or to the charity of the donor’s choice.

Marjorie Bessie Troxel was born on May 5, 1911 in Garrison, IA the daughter of Enoch Olandrew and Cora Elizabeth (Christy) Troxel.  She graduated from Fairbank High School with the class of 1929.  She was a member of the Fairbank Girl’s Basketball team and participated in other school activities.  Following graduation she attended Iowa State Teacher’s College in Cedar Falls for training to become a teacher.  Prior to her marriage, she lived and worked in Waterloo for a short time before teaching in rural schools in Bremer and Buchanan Counties.

She was united in marriage to Erwin A. Fratzke on November 28, 1931 in the Methodist Parsonage in Galena, IL.

Marjorie was a member of the Eastside Church of Christ, a former member of the Federated Woman’s Club of Oelwein and over the years actively participated in life of the churches she attended.   She was a wonderful cook, a seamstress and was a devoted mother to her children. 

Her family includes her children, Eldon “Ollie” of Oelwein, Enoch and his wife, Marlene of Oelwein, Craig and his wife, Nancy of Alta and Marjanne “Marge" of Oelwein.  Also surviving are 11 grandchildren, 17 great grandchildren, 2 step great grandchildren, many great-great grandchildren, 2 step great-great grandchildren, two nieces and numerous extended family members and friends.

Marjorie was preceded in death by her husband, Erwin on August 20, 1994, parents, two sons, Theron and Gayle and by two infant children, a brother Hollis, two sisters, Lois Whitehead and Isabel Jacobs, a great grandson Tyler Fratzke, and a grandson Scott in infancy. 


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Joanne Venter Monona on April 23, 2016 at 2:22 PM said:

Enoch, do you remember Wayne and Jo Venter from Monona??? Wayne passed in 2000 and I am still living by the school in a duplex. I know he talked a lot about the good times you guys had together. You have my sympathy and gods blessings during a time of loss! It is so hard to lose a parent and spouse!!!! Thinking of you....Jo Venter
Jeff and Lynn Reinert on April 17, 2016 at 11:30 PM said:

Our thoughts and prayers are with you at this most difficult time.
Sheryl Gosse, Dalene/Dick Gosse on April 14, 2016 at 3:03 PM said:

Marj, Enoch, Craig, Ollie & all Frztzke family: We are sad for your mom's passing. Living to 104 as Oelwein's oldest living resident is rewarding for your family. She has seen a lot of changes in her lifetime. She's now at peace and home with your dad. Cherish the memories and be close with your families. We are here for you. Be close with friends also!
Mary Burrack on April 14, 2016 at 12:37 PM said:

Ollie and Marge, so sorry to see this. What a ripe age she lived to be.
She will be missed. My sympathy to all
Teresa Haas on April 14, 2016 at 6:35 AM said:

Marge and family, I just wanted to let you know that you are all in my thoughts and prayers. She was one of the most kind and considerate person i have ever met. She will be missed dearly by all that had the privilige of knowing her!
Lyle & Nancy Miller on April 14, 2016 at 5:49 AM said:

Please accept our condolences. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.
verna deTemmnerman on April 14, 2016 at 4:50 AM said:

Marge, Enoch and the Fratkze family.

I'm sorry on the loss of your Mother. She was a wonderful person and a great neighbor. YOU all have my sympathy ..

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