Frances Sophia Jurgensmeier Schoenrock, 96 of Fairbury, NE died April 18, 2018 at Gardenside LTC in Fairbury. Frances was born December 2, 1921 to Frank and Mary Kohmetscher Jurgensmeier at Lawrence, Nebraska. She was baptized and confirmed at Saint Stephen Catholic Church at Lawrence and attended grade school there.
In 1930 her father was killed by a drunk driver in an auto accident leaving Frances’s mother alone on the farm to raise six children, all under the age of ten. Frances’s mother tried to make a living off the farm but they were forced to move several times. They moved to a rural home near Bower, NE (north of Fairbury) where her mother took employment as a housekeeper. Frances’s four older brothers all joined the Navy as soon as they were of age. When Frances graduated from Helvey High School in 1937, she began work in Fairbury, NE as a housekeeper/nanny to help support her mother and younger siblings. She met her future husband Walter while caring for Walter’s sister’s new baby. Walter and Frances were married at Walter’s parent’s house south of Fairbury on April 11, 1943 by Rev. Greeb. In 1944 Frances joined Walter’s church, Zion’s Evangelical and Reformed Church of rural Gladstone (presently Zion Countryside Church), where she remains a member.
Walter and Frances began their married life living west of Fairbury, but in 1944 moved to a house south of Fairbury across the road from Walter’s parents, Wilhelm and Bertha Schoenrock. Three children were born to this union: Jimmy Lee, Donald Alan and Priscilla Ann.
Walter and Frances worked hard making a life on the farm. Frances enjoyed being a farm wife. She had a large vegetable and flower garden. She milked cows and raised chickens. She supported Walter in all aspects of farm life, especially raising cattle and wheat. They enjoyed a close relationship with Walter’s parents and three sisters and their families who all lived nearby. For over 45 years, nearly every Sunday evening was spent with this extended family, first at Walter’s parent’s house, and then taking turns at each other’s houses until Walter’s three sisters’ deaths in 1991. The whole family loved visiting, playing cards and having lunch before their journey home to begin a new week.
Frances was a loving wife and mother and enjoyed reading, knitting and crocheting and watching Nebraska Football games. She enjoyed cooking and baking for her family, friends, and church activities. In their later years, she and Walter loved spending time with their grand-children, teaching them to play cards and games, and attending all of their school events.
Frances was a current member of the women’s fellowship at Zion Countryside Church and a former member of the neighborhood Women’s Club and the Pleasant Valley Extension Club. She and Walter enjoyed traveling with the Nebraska Farmer’s Union members to national conventions through-out the United States. They also traveled with extended family, visiting relatives and friends in California, Idaho, Wisconsin and Florida.
She was preceded in death by father, Frank Jurgensmeier, her mother and step-father Mary and M. S. Bentzinger, husband Walter in 1997, daughter-in-law Donna in 1997, brothers Leland Jurgensmeier in 1944, World War II, Ralph (Bonnie) Jurgensmeier, Orville (Phyllis) Jurgensmeier, Gearold (Darlene) Jurgensmeier, Walter Bentzinger and sister Mary Lou VerMaas.
Survivors include her children Jim Schoenrock & Don Schoenrock of rural Fairbury, Priscilla Blobaum and husband Tom of Daykin, grandchildren Dan & Eve Blobaum of Lenexa, KS and Erin Blobaum of Sacramento, CA, great-grandchildren Alexander & Addison Blobaum of Lenexa, brother-in-law Virgil VerMaas of Lincoln, sister-in-law Angie Connor of York and many nieces, nephews and their families.
Services will be Monday, April 23, 2018 at 2:00 p.m. at Zion Countryside Church – Gladstone, NE with Dr. Howard Law officiating. Burial will be in the Zion Countryside Cemetery. Memorials have been established to Five Star Bible Camp. Gerdes-Meyer Funeral Home in Fairbury is in charge of arrangements.