Frances Ann Lyrek, age 84, of Delano, passed away Wed., September 20, 2017, at Ridgeview Medical Center in Waconia with her family at her side.
She was born June 24, 1933 to Gotthard and Veronica (Greeninger) Barthel, in Albertville.
Frances was united in marriage Aug. 7, 1954 to Thomas Lyrek. She worked side by side with Tom on their dairy farm in Franklin Township. Frances was also an active member of St. Mary of Czestochowa Catholic Church for 60-plus years.
Frances was known for her cooking and baking. She also had a large garden that led to a lot of canning and specialty foods that she shared with others. Sewing, word finds, and polka music were passions throughout her life.
Frances was preceded in death by her husband of 62 years, Tom; her parents, Gotthard and Veronica Barthel; siblings, Kathy (Marvin) Stromgren, Kenneth Barthel, and Gordon (Mary) Barthel.
She is survived by her children, Dianne Lyrek, Dale (Lori) Lyrek, Mark (Julie) Lyrek, Barb Lyrek, Rick (Tracy) Lyrek; 10 grandchildren, Adam (Laurie) Skare, Jessica (Greg) Joseph, Matthew Lyrek, Andrew Lyrek, Thomas J. Lyrek, Scott (Shannon) Lyrek, Joseph (Carrie) Lyrek, Amanda (Aaron) Mills; Phillip Lyrek, Jonathan Lyrek; 12 great-grandchildren; siblings, Lloyd (Susan) Barthel, Rolland (Marnette) Barthel, and Doris (Verdell) Schroeder; and sister-in-law Jan Barthel.
Mass of Christian Burial took place at 11 a.m. Monday, Sept. 25, 2017 at St. Mary of Czestochowa Catholic Church in rural Delano, with visitation from 9 to 11 a.m., with a 9 a.m. and a Rosary Service in the church prior to Mass.
Arrangements were by the Iten Funeral Home in Delano.