Frances L. Gearhart, 94, of Manchester, passed away on Wednesday, March 4, 2015, at the Dennis and Donna Oldorf Hospice House of Mercy in Hiawatha. She was born on Jan. 18, 1921, in Earlville, the daughter of John Henry and Maude Elsie (Barger) Diesch. Frances was raised and educated in the area, a 1938 Oneida High School graduate.
Frances was united in marriage to James Gearhart on Dec. 17, 1939, on the farm near Earlville. Five children were born to this union. Frances was employed by West Delaware Community School District in the lunch program.