Obituary – Frances M. (Specht) Hintz

Frances M. (Specht) Hintz

COLERIDGE — Frances M. (Specht) Hintz, 90, Coleridge, died April 9, 2011, at the Park View Haven Nursing Home, Coleridge.
Visitation and a prayer service were April 11 at the Wintz Funeral Home, Coleridge, and continued Tuesday at church one hour prior to services.
Funeral Services were April 12 at the Pilgrim Congregational United Church of Christ, Coleridge, with the Rev. Gary Kimm officiating.
Burial was in the Coleridge City Cemetery.


Pallbearers were Jim Specht, Bradley Specht, Mike Fiscus, Kevin Wacker, Dan Specht and Chris Specht.
Frances Mae Hintz was born May 20, 1920, on a farm north of Coleridge, to Henry and Nina (Nissen) Specht. She graduated from Coleridge High School in 1938, and earned a B.A. degree in teacher education from Wayne State College, Wayne. She married Elmer Hintz May 17, 1973, in Tyndall, S.D. Frances began her 30-year teaching career at Green Valley School near Belden, before teaching in Obert, and 22 years in the Hartington Public School in Hartington. Frances enjoyed being a classroom teacher, directing many student extra-curricular activities, including class plays and pep club activities. Frances received the Nebraska Outstanding Teacher Award for her outstanding dedication to education and students. During her teaching career, Frances also opened a style shop of ladies’ and children’s wear in Coleridge during the fall of 1950.
Her favorite past-times were traveling during the summer months, and vacationing and fishing in Minnesota and Canada with family.
Frances was very active in many community organizations including the Order of the Eastern Star, Congregational Church Ladies Circle and volunteered as chair and co-chair of the Coleridge Memorial Day Dinner for 18 years. She also served as a Sunday school teacher for 50 years at her church.
Frances was a lifetime member of the Pilgrim Congregational United Church of Christ, Coleridge. Following retirement from education in 1985, Frances continued to volunteer at a children’s daycare and at Park View Haven in the activities department.
Frances is survived by relatives, including the families of Patsy Stewart, Bremerton, Wash.; Beverly Specht, Coleridge; and Dean and Judy Specht, Yankton, S.D.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Henry and Nina Specht; her husband, Elmer Hintz, Nov. 30, 1987; and cousin, Jim Specht, Oct. 28, 1993.