Betty Frichtl


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PAXTON — Betty Rae Frichtl, 79, of Paxton passed away at 1:13 a.m. Thursday (Aug. 30, 2018) at Heartland Health Care Center, Paxton.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10 a.m. Monday, Sept. 3, 2018, at St. Mary Catholic Church, 407 W. Pells St., Paxton, with the Rev. Dong Van Bui officiating. Burial will follow in Glen Cemetery, Paxton. Visitation will be from 4 to 7 p.m. Sunday at Baier Family Funeral Services, 406 E. Pells St., Paxton, with a rosary at 3:30 p.m.

Betty was born Aug. 25, 1939, in Olney, the daughter of Raymond and Opal Kincade Blackford. She married Edward A. Frichtl on June 28, 1958, at Trinity Catholic Church in Rankin. He survives.

Along with her husband of 60 years, she is survived by seven children, Paul (Sherri) Frichtl of Rankin, Peggy Frichtl of Paxton, Jerry (Melody) Frichtl of Armstrong, Rick (Lauri) Frichtl of Paxton, Patti (Mike) Marchakitus of Loda, Melinda (Randy) Kinney of Paxton and Connie (Dennis) Gass of Gifford; 19 grandchildren; 24 great-grandchildren; one brother, Dean (Phyllis) Blackford of Rankin; two sisters, Wilma Sutton of Paxton and Ruby (Don) Frichtl of Paxton; and numerous nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents; one sister, Wanda Hasler; and one brother, Vernon Blackford.

Betty graduated from Paxton High School in 1957 and attended Kankakee College, majoring in business. She managed the Convenient Mart in Paxton for 10 years, but throughout her married life, her main priority was assisting her husband with farming and raising their children.

She was a member of St. Mary Catholic Church, Paxton, where she played the organ for over 20 years. She was also a member of the CCW and was Mother of the Year and Honorary Woman of the Year. Betty was a former member and president of the Paxton PTA. Betty enjoyed gardening, flowers, baking and cooking. She loved spending time with her family, preparing Sunday dinners and never missed an event for her grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Memorials may be made to St. Mary Catholic Church, Paxton, or the PBL Parent Teacher Organization. Condolences may be offered at