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Frances Gearhart

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.
Frances was a longtime member of the Eastern Star, Daughters of the American Revolution and the Congregational Church.
Survivors include her children, Lynda (John) Hahesy of Ely, James (Judy) Gearhart of West Des Moines, Mary McGraw of Jefferson City, Mo., Sue Gearhart of Cedar Rapids, and Richard (Julie) Gearhart of Geneva, Ill.; 11 grandchildren; 16 great-grandchildren and a sister-in-law, Lucille Diesch of Marion.
Frances was preceded in death by her parents, John and Maude Diesch; her husband, James Gearhart in 1979; a great-grandson, Andrew McGraw; three sisters and their husbands, Dorice (Archie) Maxwell, Edythe (Erwin) Parkin, and Arlyne (Tom) Williams; and two brothers, Maurice and Jack Diesch.
Memorials may be directed to Camp Courageous.