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Frances J. Rupp

Frances J. Rupp, 86, Hays, died Saturday, Aug. 31, 2013, at Via Christi Village, Hays.

She was born Aug. 21, 1927, in Catherine to Otto and Mathilda (Schmidt) Hammerschmidt.

She married Alois H. Rupp on Nov. 6, 1948, in Catharine. He preceded her in death Jan. 23, 1989.

She was a homemaker and mother.

She was a member of Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic Church, Daughters of Isabella, Eucharistic Perpetual Adorers, an associate with the Sisters of St. Agnes and was a Minister of Praise. She served with the Immaculate Heart of Mary Liturgy Commission for 20 years, the RCIA program for six years, was a Eucharistic Minister and minister to the homebound for 24 years, and was a church sacristan for 24 years.

Survivors include three sons, Rick Rupp and wife, Judy, Victoria, Neal Rupp and wife, Mary Sue, El Dorado, and Kim Rupp and wife, Deana, Hays; a daughter, Jackie Windholz and husband, Otto, Houston; three sisters-in-law, Alfreda Hammerschmidt, Anita Leiker and Mary Ann Leiker; 12 grandchildren, Heather Rupp, Holly Rupp, Heidi Rupp, Amanda Seyfert and husband, Casey, Jesse Rupp and wife, Bonnie, Travis Windholz and wife, Jennifer, Lyndsie Windholz, Jamie Klug and husband, Darren, Dustin Rupp, Jordan Rupp, Taryn Rupp and Bryson Rupp; seven great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents; a son, Bill Rupp; two brothers, Adolph and Clem Hammerschmidt; an infant sister, Mary Hammerschmidt; a grandson, Mitch Rupp; two sisters-in-law, Bernita Hammerschmidt and Betty Struble; and two brothers-in-law, Charles Leiker and Jack Struble.

Services will be at 11 a.m. Thursday at Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic Church, Hays; burial in St. Joseph Cemetery.

Visitation will be from 4 to 8 p.m. Wednesday and from 9:30 to 10:45 a.m. Thursday, both at Hays Memorial Chapel Funeral Home, 20th and Pine.

A Perpetual Adorers rosary will be at 4 p.m. Wednesday, a Sisters of St. Agnes rosary at 5 p.m., a Daughters of Isabella rosary at 6 p.m., followed by a vigil at 6:30, all at the funeral home.

Memorials are suggested to Immaculate Heart of Mary Church building fund, St. Thomas More Society or Hospice of Hays Medical Center, in care of the funeral home.

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