Frances A. "Franci" Horwedel, 63, Berlin Heights, died Monday morning, March 15, 2010, after a courageous 10-year battle with cancer.
She was born March 27, 1946, in Norwalk. Spending her entire life in Berlin Heights, Franci was known by all in town for her great sense of humor, sardonic wit and especially her cooking. A champion of many causes, among her favorites were the Humane Society and American Cancer Society.
Along with her love of people and animals, Franci also loved art, music and nature, making it a point to share that love with the Girl Scouts, for whom she was a troop leader for several years, as well as her four children.
This past decade, Franci also was instrumental in slowing the commercial cutting of century-old hardwood trees (oak and walnut) from the Old Woman's Creek Reserve that runs through Berlin Heights.
Franci leaves behind her husband of 47 years, Thomas Horwedel; her four children, Dina of Broomfield, Colo., Lon of Ann Arbor, Mich., Lance of Sandusky and Dirk of Greenwich. She also leaves behind a son-in-law, Peter Eichstaedt; daughter-in-law, Julie (Lon's wife); three grandchildren, Olivia, 13, Ella, 11, and Eamon, 10; as well as future daughter-in-law, Joy Birkholz (Lance's fiancee), and her son, Tyler, 16. Also surviving are her stepmother, Helen Pine of Sandusky; and her stepsisters, Carol Pine of North Olmsted, Cindy Pine of Sandusky and Cathy Pine of Mentor, Ohio.
Franci was preceded in death by her mother, Mary Pine; father, Frank Pine; brother, Frank Pine Jr.; and her sister, Loretta Holler.
Friends may call 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. Thursday in Morman-Hinman-Tanner Funeral Home, 38 South St., Berlin Heights, where services will be at 11 a.m. Friday. Burial will follow at Riverside Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, her family requests that donations be made to either the Humane Society or American Cancer Society.
Condolences may be expressed at mormanfh.com.