Frieda Giertz

Frieda Giertz

URBANA – Frieda J. Giertz, 98, died Friday, Jan. 4, 2013, at Carle Foundation Hospital in Urbana.

She lived most of her life in Wichita, Kan., before moving to the Champaign area in 2009.

Visitation with the family will be from 6 to 7 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 27; funeral service will be at 10 a.m. Monday, Jan. 28, both at Downing & Lahey Mortuary East, Wichita.

Frieda was born Feb. 14, 1914, in rural Kingman County, Kan. Her parents were Fred and Mary Pinkerton Hamblin.

She is survived by her son and daughter-in-law, J. Fred and Donna Hyland Giertz of Champaign; grandson, Seth Hyland Giertz, and his wife, Yvon Pho of Lincoln, Neb., and their children, Hyland Ly Giertz and Sawyer Van Giertz; and granddaughter, Gabrielle Hyland Giertz, and her husband, Christopher Vincent of Chicago. She is also survived by stepsons Lawrence Hoch of Urbandale, Iowa, and Daniel Hoch of Wichita.

Frieda was preceded in death by her mother and father; brother, Marvin Hamblin; sisters, Leota Rollman and Mary Jo Huey; husband, Joe L. Giertz; and second husband, Clarence Hoch.

Frieda was born on the Greenleaf Ranch in southwest Kingman County in 1914 shortly after her parents returned from homesteading in western Kansas. She attended a one-room school through the eighth grade and graduated from Kingman High School in 1932.

She married Joe L. Giertz in 1936. He died in 1960. She married retired Methodist minister Clarence Hoch in 1987. He died the following year.

After high school, she taught for several years in rural one-room schools in Kingman County. After her husband Joe's death, she returned to work, becoming a supervisor at the Internal Revenue Service.

Frieda was a faithful member of the First United Methodist Church in Wichita and continued to watch church services every week on DVDs after she moved to Illinois. In retirement, she served as wedding coordinator at her church in Wichita and led Bible study groups.

Frieda was closely involved with her family and had a close relationship with her grandchildren Seth and Gabrielle. She was delighted with the births of her great-grandchildren Hyland and Sawyer. She was active and alert to the very end, maintaining her interests in religion, genealogy and University of Kansas basketball.

In lieu of other expressions of sympathy, donations may be made to: First United Methodist Church of Wichita, 330 N. Broadway, Wichita, KS 67219; or the Kansas Humane Society, 3313 N. Hillside, Wichita, KS 67219. Share tributes online at