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Frances Richter

Frances K. Richter of Carrington, ND, died Friday, January 20, 2017, at Lutheran Home of the Good Shepherd in New Rockford, ND.


Frances Ardell Kutz was born on July 30, 1932, on the NE ¼ of Sec 2-145-69 of Johnson Township near Sykeston, North Dakota to Theodore and Myrtle Kutz.  The family moved to the Kunkel Farm and later to the farm where Chuck Seil now lives.  From there the family moved to Lodi, California, and then back to Sykeston. 

On January 15, 1951, Frances married Raymond Richter at St. Elizabeth’s Church in Sykeston.  The couple farmed there for nearly 35 years.  Jefferey Mark was born February 8, 1955 and Jamie Michael on November 2, 1956. Raymond passed away December 13, 1985.

Frances served as president of the St. Elizabeth’s School PTO, president of Sykeston Homemakers, treasurer and financial secretary of the St. Elizabeth’s Society, and was a Sykeston Boys 4-H leader.  She attended St. Elizabeth’s Church, as well as taught CCD there.  Frances and Raymond loved to dance, bowl, and play cards with friends. 

Frances loved spending time with her children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren.  Family meals were a treasured gathering time.  Her family loved her homemade buns and cinnamon rolls. She had a special interest in family history and wrote a book on the Kutz family, going back before the Revolutionary War. Frances loved to crochet, knit, garden, and raise flowers.  She devoted time decorating the church and tending to the flower beds there.

She is survived by her children Jeff (Janine Thull) Richter, Menomonie, WI; Jamie (Christy) Richter, Sykeston, ND; four grandchildren, and seven great-grandchildren. She is survived by six siblings Ted Kutz, Madera, CA, Leonard Kutz, Florence, AZ, Beverly (Gary) Linafelter, Arizona City, AZ, Amelia “Mimi”(Larry) Boettcher, Cambridge, MN, Wilbur (Dawn) Kutz, Bowdon, Sandy (Craig) Poulsen, Arizona City, AZ, as well as many nieces and nephews; sisters-in-law Rosella Richter, Sykeston and Alma Richter, Carrington.

Frances was preceded in death by her husband, Raymond; parents, Theodore and Myrtle Kutz; and her brothers William (Mary Jane) and David “Fuzzy” Kutz; a sister-in-law Lillian Kutz; brothers-in-law Nick, Leander, Sylvester (Laura), Francis (Leona) and Norbert (Cecelia).



Thursday (Jan 26th) the Rosary Service will be at 6:45PM, followed by the Vigil Service at 7PM, all at St. Elizabeth's Catholic Church, Sykeston


St. Elizabeth's Catholic Church, Sykeston, ND


Friday, January 27, 2017 at 10:30AM


St. Elizabeth's Catholic Cemetery, Sykeston

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Name: Cheryl Neshem

Date: 2/11/2017

Message: Our deepest sympathy to the family of Frances.   I never saw Frances very often, but when I did, she always flashed that brilliant smile which could light up a room.   Such a delightful lady to visit with. Blessed be her memory.

Your families are in our thoughts and prayers, Cheryl (Kutz) Neshem


Name: Barbara Kutz Williams

Date: 01/27/2017

Message: My deepest sympathy for your loss. Francis was a very social person to all her family and friends. I will be forever grateful to her for the Kutz book she wrote and will treasure it always. My prayers are with you all.



Name: Sheila Hafner Hoyt

Date: 1-26-2017

Message: Sending hugs & sympathy to all Frances' family



Name: CVH4H

Date: 1/25/2017

Message: Dear Jeff and Janine,

we are truly sorry for you loss. We want you to know that we are here for you if you need anything. May Frances be at peace now.

God Bless,

Chippewa Valley Habitat for Humanity



Name: Sue Deppiesse

Date: January 24, 2017

Message: Jeff and Janine,

Our sympathies on the passing of Mom. We only met her a few times, but Janine always said she had a great mother-in-law. Take care.

Sue & Ralph


Name: Sue (Laber) & Tim Swanson

Date: 1/24/17

Message: Our thoughts are with you all.  Frances was a good friend to Mom (Freda) and such a wonderful part of her community.  She'll be missed. 

Sue (Laber) Swanson



Name: Janet Mulder

Date: 01/21/2017

Message: I am sorry that I did not get back to see you before you passed. Go in peace and thank you for your family history.



Name: Linda Donlin

Date: 1-21-2017

Message: Our deepest sympathies go out to the Richter and Kutz families. Frances will always be fondly remembered by the Polries/Kutz/Barry families for her gentle spirit, her loving ways and her great laugh! She will be missed by all of us, but especially by Mom (Sheila) who has treasured her friendship since they were little girls. I'm so glad we had the opportunity to see Frances on Jan. 6. It is a memory we will treasure.

Sincerely, Linda Donlin

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