Traverse City Record-Eagle


February 7, 2014

Frances Irene Wise

TORCH LAKE — Frances Irene Wise, 88, of Torch Lake, passed away on Tuesday, Feb. 4, 2014, after a short illness. Frances was born on June 22, 1925, in Flint, the daughter of Russel and Agnes (Keyes) Schoch.

She was the first female valedictorian at her high school, Chesaning Union, and attended Central Michigan University before entering the Army Nurse Corps in 1944. She earned her R.N. degree at Butterworth Hospital Nursing School in Grand Rapids.

Frances worked as a nurse in Idaho and various cities in Michigan before going to work at Midland Hospital.

While in Midland Fran met and married Lester Allen Wise and raised seven children. In 1973 she and her family moved to Traverse City and later retired to their cottage at Torch Lake.

She loved sunrises at Torch Lake, enjoyed her crochet club and watching Jeopardy. In her younger years Fran enjoyed boating, cross country skiing, square dancing with Button and Bows, playing cards and crossword puzzles. She also enjoyed traveling all over the U.S. to visit her children.

Fran is survived by her seven children, Virginia Wise, David (Kathleen) Wise, Thomas Wise, Ruth (David) Bates, Paul Wise, James (Maria) Wise and Mary Wise; six grandchildren, Matthew, Tracy, Cameron, Kathleen, Jeffrey and Shannon; siblings, Dale (Hazel) Schoch, Marian Lash, Russel (Emilie) Schoch and Lucille Price; sister-in-law, Velma Perkins; and her beloved cousin, Margaret Rohwetter.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Russel and Agnes Schoch; husband, Lester Wise; and siblings, Ruth (Jack) Hemenway and William Perkins.

Visitation will be from 4 to 6 p.m. today, Feb. 7, at Sacred Heart Roman Catholic Church in Elk Rapids. A Mass from the Order of Christian Funerals will be celebrated at 11 a.m. on Saturday, Feb. 8, with the Rev. Robert J. Zuchowski presiding.

Memorial contributions may be made to American Cancer Society.

Please view Fran’s photo album and share your fond memories at

Arrangements have been entrusted to Covell Funeral Home, Elk Rapids.

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