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Frances Lucille Mogdis, age 93, of Clifford Lake, passed away Tuesday, June 10, 2014 at Spectrum Health Rehab & Nursing Center in Greenville. The youngest of four children born to Genevieve (Garrett) & Franz Joseph Maurer, she was born on November 11, 1920 and grew up on a farm between Nashville and Hastings.

Following her graduation from Nashville High School she attended Western Michigan University, where she met her husband, Joseph Mogdis. Togther they had three children and later divorced. In 1946 she moved her family to Hastings and began her career as a single mom working as a night operator for the Michigan Bell Telephone Company.

As she was promoted over the years, her career included stops in Caledonia, Ionia, Charlotte, Lansing, and finally Grand Rapids. By the time of her retirement as “Chief Operator” of the Grand Rapids office, she was the highest ranking woman employee within the Michigan Bell system. In 1964 she bought a cottage on Clifford Lake and retired there. She also wintered in Clearwater, Florida, was a member of St. Charles Catholic Church, and delighted in time spent with her family.

She was preceded in death by her parents; two sisters, Helen and Agnes; and a brother, Phillip, Surviving are her children, Franz & Diane Mogdis of Clifford Lake, Karen & Larry Deuel of Clifford Lake, and Stephen Mogdis of Sand Lake; nine grandchildren; sixteen great grandchildren; and several great-great grandchildren; and many other dear nieces, nephews, and friends.

The family wishes to extend their heartfelt thanks to all of Frances’ devoted caregivers at Spectrum Health for the special care and concern that was given to her over the past seven years.

The Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 11:00 a.m. on Tuesday, June 17, 2014 at St. Charles Catholic Church, 505 S. Lafayette Street, Greenville, with the Rev. Father Michael F. Cilibraise presiding. Instead of flowers, contributions to Spectrum Health Rehab & Nursing Center (in care of the Spectrum Health United & Kelsey Hospitals Foundation, 703 S. Marvel Dr., Greenville, MI 48838) would be appreciated.

To send a message of sympathy to the family, sign Frances’ online guest book, or to share a favorite memory, please visit: Cremation arrangements were entrusted to Christiansen Cremation & Funeral Care, Greenville.


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  1. Anonymous on June 10, 2014 at 12:00 am


    06/21/2014 –

    Greg & Rena Ray

    Francis was a special lady and will be missed by all of us that knew her. We always enjoyed vists with her at Clifford Lake. Our condolences to the entire family.

    06/13/2014 –

    Deb Mogdis

    Frances was a special lady. She was very good to my children and my self. My you rest in peace.

    Love you.

    06/13/2014 –

    Barb Reitz

    My thoughts and prayers are with all of you. I remember many times sitting at the table playing Yatzee.Frances was always such a quiet-spoken, loving lady.
    Barb Reitz (Diane’s sister)

    06/12/2014 –

    Susie Edwards

    Tears came to my eyes, but a smile on my face as I clearly remember how she was always ready and eager to talk with everyone who came in her presence, with genuine concern for all. Those were fun days at Clifford Lake!

    06/12/2014 –

    Glenn and Penny Dora

    We share our most sincere and heartfelt condolences with your entire family. Your friendships are very special to us. We are thinking of you all and sending our thoughts and prayers.
    With love to you all.
    Glenn & Penny Dora

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