Arlene "Kay" Frantz
Arlene "Kay" Frantz, 82, longtime resident of Iowa City, died on Wednesday, Dec. 5, 2018, at the Pleasantview Home in Kalona, from complications related to Alzheimer's. Memorial Mass will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 8, 2018, at St. Patrick's Catholic Church in Iowa City. In lieu of a visitation, a reception at the church will follow for family and friends to offer condolences and reminisce about Kays life starting around noon. Burial will be held at a later date.
Memorial donations can be made in her memory to Iowa City Hospice or Eastern Iowa Chapter of the Alzheimer's Foundation. To share a thought, memory or condolence with Kay's family, please visit the funeral home website at www.gayandciha.com.
Kay was born on Nov. 3, 1936, in Iowa City, the daughter of Cletus and Kathryn (Kennedy) Bradley. She attended St. Patrick's elementary school in Iowa City, and then junior and senior high school at Immaculate Conception School in Cedar Rapids. Following graduation, she graduated from Paris Academy of Beauty Culture in Cedar Rapids. This began a long career as a beautician, and a lifelong path to many dear friends. Kay married her high school sweetheart and love of her life, James A. Frantz on Feb. 7, 1959, at the Immaculate Conception Church in Cedar Rapids. She enjoyed camping, fishing, traveling, gardening, collecting antiques and baby-sitting grandkids. She was a lifetime member of Beta Sigma Phi.
However, Kay's greatest joy was her family. Nothing compared to being a wife, mother and grandmother. Even in her late stages of Alzheimer's, her few remaining words were still about her family. She will be deeply missed by her family that loved her so much.
Kay's family would like to thank the wonderful staff at Pleasantview that loved her and took such good care of her during this time. Also for the comfort and care Iowa City Hospice provided in the final weeks.
Her family includes her husband, James; their three children, Kami Lanigan (Tom), Bradley Frantz and Kara Frantz (Beth Lainson); grandchildren, Katy Schwering (John), Alli Hora (Greg Darrah), John Hora (Lindsey), Jake Hora (Ashley Lappe), Amanda Frantz, James Frantz, Derek Lanigan (Maggie) and Brooke Denhartog (Tyler); and great-grandchildren, Bo, Mila, Marley, Madison, Sydney, Aiden, Breckin and Hudsin.