Lucy Froning, 90, of Polo, passed away Tuesday, April 25, 2017 at the Avera Hand County Memorial Hospital in Miller.
Funeral Mass will be 10:30 a.m., Saturday, April 29, 2017 at St. Liborius Church, Polo. Burial will follow at Mount Calvary Cemetery, Polo. A prayer and rosary service will begin at 7:00 p.m., Friday, April 28, 2017 at the church.
Lucy Mary Haneke was born July 14, 1926 northwest of Polo on the Sprenger farm to Fritz and Elizabeth (Kreiner) Haneke; she was the oldest of four children. She attended Orient school through 6th grade and then attended St. Liborius School in Polo; graduating from Fairview High School in 1944. She then attended St. Luke’s School of Nursing in Aberdeen, graduating in 1947 as a registered nurse. While in nursing school, she joined the Nurse Cadet Corps. She worked at St. Luke’s Hospital as a charge nurse.
On Thanksgiving Day, November 22, 1951, she married Leo John Froning at St. Liborius Church. To this union, nine children were born: Daniel Leo, Dolores Therese, Charles Frederick, Debra Catherine, Mark Robert, Diane Elizabeth, Doreen Marie, Donna Jean, and Denise Ann. In 1952, they moved to their first farm 3 ½ miles north of Polo until 1956 when they purchased the Ed Peterka farm 8 ½ miles west of Polo.
Throughout life, many organizations and jobs kept Lucy busy: Christian Mothers, Cook at Polo Hot Lunch, substitute teacher, CCD instructor, cook at the Miller Sale Barn with her sister, Elfrieda, and bakery assistant at the Highmore Bakery with Stella Forman. She was a lifetime member of St. Liborius Catholic Church. In her free time, she enjoyed music especially playing her accordion with her siblings, baking, cooking, planting trees, and watching birds.
Lucy will be remembered for her many one liners, quick wit, coffee and fresh baked breads and goodies, delivery of “to go” boxes full of baked items for neighbors and shut-ins, and teaching her grandkids manners.
Grateful to have shared in her life is her husband of 65 years, Leo; children: Daniel (Mary) of Mitchell, Dolores (Dennis) Volek of Highmore, Debra (Morris) Hoffman of Highmore, Mark (Diana) of Brookings, Diane Pazour of Highmore, Doreen (Daryl) Volek of Miller, Donna (Steven) Kubik of Hamill, and Denise (Mark) Winter of Hamill; daughter-in-law, Ellen Froning of Valentine, NE; grandchildren: Brian Froning (fiancée, Trish Weber), Steven (Jenn) Froning, Sarah (Jason) Sass, Jason Volek, Sheila Volek, Mychal (Jenn) Hoffman, Kristi (Dane) Dobesh, Robert (Kelly) Froning, Richard (Katie) Froning, Justin Froning, Jody (Rob) Herb, Caleb Pazour, Maria Pazour, Troy (Jessica) VanDerWerff, Bruce (Crystal) VanDerWerff, Tyler (Amy) Kubik, Trent (Shannon) Kubik, Scott Winter (fiancée, Mallori McCartney), Brandon Winter, and Grant Winter; 17 great grandchildren (#18 due in July); and brother, Robert (Jan) Haneke of Polo.
She was preceded in death by her parents; son, Charles; siblings: Bernard (Dena) Haneke, Elfrieda (Gerald) Martinmaas; son-in-law, Ken Pazour; grandchild, Raymond Froning; great granddaughters, Hadley Elizabeth Froning and Riley Marie Froning; In-laws: Alphonse Froning, Clarence (Lillian) Froning, Emil Froning, Richard Froning, Linell (Matilda) Haigh, Charlotte Schaefers, and Donald (Margaret) Gerdes.
Reck Funeral Home of Miller has been entrusted with Lucy’s arrangements.