Former Archbold native and homemaker Gertrude L. Fraas died Sunday, July 11, 2010, at the age of 92 in Ashland.
The third child of Adam and Louisa (Buehrer) Schlatter, she was born June 4, 1918, on their farm near Archbold, which is now the site of the Woodland Oaks II subdivision.
In 1935, she graduated from Archbold High School, where she met her future husband, Edward Fraas. She graduated from Toledo Hospital School of Nursing with a registered nurse’s degree in 1940.
Ed and Gertrude were married on Oct. 5, 1940. The couple moved into the house Ed built, which still stands at 306 Ditto Street in Archbold and was located across the street from the building that housed Fraas Plumbing & Heating, the family business.
Their honeymoon trip was cut short when the weather turned cold and Ed returned to Archbold early to install over 30 furnaces promised before winter.
As the family grew with the births of Bob, Bonny and John, Gertrude helped to organize the first Cub Scouts group in Archbold in 1952 and the first Brownie troop in 1954.
She also served on the McLaughlin Memorial Library Board for 20 years.
Ed and Gertrude were active members of St. Martin’s Lutheran Church in Archbold.
After Ed retired in 1970, the couple spent the winter months at their condominium in Lake Worth, Fla., where Gertrude volunteered to make Braille books for the blind.
After Ed’s death in 1980, she continued to live in Archbold until 1997, when she moved to Ashland and joined Trinity Lutheran Church.
Besides her husband, she was preceded in death by her sister, Ruth Schlatter Newkirk; her brother, Edward Schlatter; and her son-in-law, Dale Ambos.
Survivors include her three children, Dr. Robert (Libby) Fraas, of Indian Land, S.C.; Bonny Ambos of Sandusky; and Dr. John (Bettilu) Fraas of Ashland; six grandchildren, Michael, Mark, and Marty Ambos, Catherine Finks, David Fraas, Kerry Lindauer; and five great-grandchildren.
Visitation will be held today, Wednesday, July 14, 2010, at the Fellowship Hall of St. Martin’s Lutheran Church, Archbold from 6-8 p.m. The memorial service will be conducted on Thursday, July 15, 2010, at 11 a.m. in the church sanctuary.
Memorial contributions may be made to St. Martin’s Lutheran Church or the Archbold Public Library.