The Obit For Frances Janssen

Frances L. Janssen, 82

JCOnline 12/01/2008

REMINGTON -- Frances L. Janssen, 82, of South Bend, formerly of Remington, died Thursday, Nov. 27, 2008, at St. Elizabeth Medical Center, Lafayette.

Born Jan. 25, 1926, in Remington to the late Fred B. and Anna Petersen Janssen, she was a 1943 graduate of Gilboa High School. Miss Janssen played in the All-American Girls Professional Baseball League from 1948 to 1952. She also was a center for the South Bend Rockettes basketball team from 1954 to 1960. She received an associate degree in business from South Bend IUPUI and attended International Business College of Ft. Wayne.

She was an insurance representative for Laven Insurance Co. in South Bend for many years and was a member of Northern Indiana History Center in South Bend.

Survivors include four sisters, Betty Longest (husband: Ferris) of Ft. Wayne, Tinie Dunbar (husband: Joe) of Lafayette, Wilma Lewellyn (husband: Jack) of New Richmond and Anna Boettcher (husband: Gene) of Tucson.

Preceded in death by a brother, Paul (Martha) Janssen.

Funeral services are Tuesday, Dec. 2, 2008, at 2 p.m., with a visitation from 12:30 p.m. until the service time at Stitz Funeral Home, Remington. Anna Ubbinga Boettcher will officiate. Interment Mount Gilboa Cemetery. Memorials to: All American Girls Professional Baseball League, c/o Shirley Burkovich, 67-430 Ovante Rd., Cathedral City, CA 92234-8402.