Ethel Ione Franz

Ethel Ione Franz, 62, of Greenwood Missouri peacefully passed away in her home on December 6th 2022, with the love of her life, John Bersuch at her side. Celebration of Life services will be held at 12:30 PM on Friday December 16th 2022 at Northern Boulevard United Methodist, 1800 Northern Boulevard, Independence, MO 64035. Reception to follow at Englewood Cafe (please RSVP 816-548-9412)

Ethel Franz was born June 27th 1960 in Brighton Colorado. She was preceded in death by her parents Robert and Ione Franz. Her survivors include her companion, Chevy, daughter, Deanna (Melanie) Edmonson, her granddaughter, Jennifer Edmonson, one brother, Robert Franz, and three sisters including Sue Rosner, Kathy Clifford, and Delores Franz – Lowrance.

In Lieu of flowers and in support of her beautiful granddaughter, Ethel asked for contributions to be made to West iNd Connection and sent in care of Melanie Edmonson at PO Box 521005, Independence, MO 64052 or to West iNd directly. (Please type in Memory of Ethel Franz in the comment box.)


  1. Kathy clifford on December 7, 2022 at 12:56 pm

    Sending love and peace

  2. Margaret Mayes on December 7, 2022 at 1:02 pm

    Dear Melanie and family,
    Thank you for this loving remembrance of your mom, grandma, sister and companion. I’m sorry for your loss and pray for God’s comfort as you walk through this season of loss.?

  3. Myra Kerr on December 7, 2022 at 1:35 pm

    Melanie and family, I am sending my thoughts and prayers of comfort. May God bless you in this time of grief and bring you strength.

  4. Destiny Ropp on December 7, 2022 at 3:47 pm

    John and Melanie, sorry for your loss. Anyone who knew Ethel loved her deeply. Her beautiful heart and soul will travel with all of us for eternity. ??

  5. Kurt Reifschneider on December 7, 2022 at 3:57 pm

    I will miss her dearly; I will miss our phone calls. She was a very special person in my life….

  6. Violet Cogswell on December 7, 2022 at 3:58 pm

    Ethel is at peace. Everyone who ever knew her will miss her. Condolences.

  7. Pam (Toney) Lininger on December 7, 2022 at 4:25 pm

    I only recently got to really know Ethel. I’ve known her since school but became closer to her the last 8 years. I will miss her more than I can express. Deanna and Jennifer were her pride and joy. I’m thankful for John’s support too. She has an amazing group of friends and family. May she rest in peace and my deepest heart-felt condolences

  8. Mendy Hetherington on December 7, 2022 at 4:39 pm

    I am so grateful that I got to have her as my friend. We met in 1st grade and she is the first friend I remember having and the longest friendship I have ever had. I will miss our phone calls and laughing with her while we reminisced and caught up. I know that her life was not always easy, and she endured more pain that anyone should ever have to suffer. Even through it all she still always had a smile on her face. I am glad that she if she had to go at least she will feel no more pain. Ethel was one of the kindest people I have ever known. She always made room in her heart for me and for everyone else that she cared about. She saw the best in everyone, and I will never forget her. She will live in my heart forever.

  9. Velma (Cook) Yada on December 7, 2022 at 4:46 pm

    My condolences to Ethel’s family and friends. I knew Ethel a little in High School. She was a sweet person back in the day…..
    RIP Ethel.

  10. Tom Walker on December 7, 2022 at 4:54 pm

    Ethel was a beautiful lady inwardly and outwardly. We were friends in high school and life happened…
    We reconnect through Facebook and I am thankful for that time.
    To her family and friends I am truly sorry for your loss!

  11. Melissa English on December 7, 2022 at 4:57 pm

    May God bless you and your family. Ethel was a true friend and I will miss her dearly.

  12. Melody Aplin Sheets on December 7, 2022 at 5:36 pm

    We went to Sheridan High School happened BUT reconnect on FB..for your family, I’ll keep ya’ll in my prayers..R I P

  13. Turner Sue on December 7, 2022 at 5:57 pm

    I am going to miss you Ethel. I loved you a lot. I am not good with words..lots of love Sue Turner

  14. Donna J Bente on December 7, 2022 at 6:17 pm

    I met Ethel through John and they were a beautiful couple. She will be missed by all that knew her. Prayers for the family.

  15. Janis Duvall & Dennis Duvall on December 7, 2022 at 6:28 pm

    Dennis and myself ( Janis ) would like to offer our condolences to the family and John. Ethel became a dear friend to us when we would come visit John. She was so kind and I just felt we had a real connection. We are deeply saddened by her passing. We have prayers for her family , friends and all her loved ones. Ethel was a beautiful person inside and out . We loved her and will miss her. God will take care of our girl ??

  16. Rob Bowen on December 7, 2022 at 6:32 pm

    So sorry for your loss, Ethel was such a strong loving gal I will miss talking to her RIP Ethel

  17. Denise Duvall Vogel on December 7, 2022 at 6:46 pm

    John, I’m so sorry to hear of Ethels passing. Prayers to you and her family.

  18. Leslie Bolsinger Marvelle on December 7, 2022 at 8:58 pm

    My prayers and condolences to Ethel’s family and friends. I was glad we were able to meet back up on Facebook, you will be greatly missed by family, friends and your high school friends.

  19. Lynn Judd Yuen on December 7, 2022 at 9:17 pm

    I’m sending all my condolences to everyone, Ethel was a great lady and a very good friend she will be missed, And she is love by everyone.

  20. Michaela Martinez on December 7, 2022 at 9:23 pm

    Nothing but love in my time with Ethel. Sending love to her friends and family. ?

  21. Karen Behrens on December 7, 2022 at 9:59 pm

    Melanie I know this is a hard time for you. Remember the good times. Your mother was a delightful woman. And now she’s with god

  22. Patty Shirey Roundy on December 7, 2022 at 10:19 pm

    Ethel was a dear friend in high school and then later when we connected again through Facebook. Even though she had so much pain in recent years, she had the kindest heart and cared deeply for others. She supported my grand daughter for every one of her Girl Scout fund raisers for the past six years. I will miss talking to her and will think of her often. Her family has my deepest sympathies and will be in my thoughts and prayers.

  23. Robert Franz on December 11, 2022 at 1:13 pm

    Ethel was a kind and loving sister that would do anything she was able to do for anyone. She will be missed dearly by everyone who knew her!!

  24. Brenda Odell on December 12, 2022 at 2:30 pm

    Melanie and John. I am so sorry for your loss. My prayers for peace, comfort, and sweet memories are lifted.

  25. Teri LORKOVIC on December 13, 2022 at 4:55 pm

    I don’t even know where to start…Ethel has been one of my best friends for the past 30 years. We were always there for each other through ups and downs. I really feel for you, John and Deanna…..she was so special. I wish we could have visited more often but our hearts have always been connected. I will miss her greatly and will always consider her a part of my heart. Let your memories comfort you and know she is with God.

  26. Anonymous on February 24, 2023 at 9:35 pm

    “Weep not for the memories”

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