Frances J. Rupp


Frances J. Rupp, 86, Hays, died Saturday, August 31, 2013 at the Via Christi Villages, Hays.

She was born August 21, 1927 in Catherine, Kansas the daughter of Otto and Mathilda (Schmidt) Hammerschmidt. On November 6, 1948 she married Alois H. Rupp in Catherine. He died January 23, 1989. She was a homemaker and mother and a member of the Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic Church, the Daughters of Isabella, the Eucharistic Perpetual Adorers, an Associate with the Sisters of St. Agnes, and was a Minister of Praise. She served with the Immaculate Heart of Mary Liturgy Commission for twenty years, the RCIA program for six years, was a Eucharistic Minister and Minister to the homebound for 24 years and was a church sacristan for 24 years.

Survivors include three sons, Rick Rupp and wife Judy of Victoria, Kansas, Neal Rupp and wife Mary Sue of Eldorado, KS, and Kim Rupp and wife Deana of Hays, KS, one daughter Jackie Windholz and husband Otto of Houston, TX, a sisters in law, Alfreda Hammerschmidt, Anita Leiker, and Mary Ann Leiker, grandchildren Heather Rupp, Holly Rupp, Heidi Rupp, Amanda Seyfert and husband Casey, Jesse Rupp and wife Bonnie, Travis Windholz and wife Jennifer, Lyndsie Windholz, Jamie Klug and husband Darren, Dustin Rupp, Jordan Rupp, Taryn Rupp, and Bryson Rupp, seven great grandchildren, and many nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, a son Bill Rupp, two brothers Adolph and Clem Hammerschmidt and an infant sister Mary Hammerschmidt, a grandson Mitch Rupp, and a sister in law Bernita Hammerschmidt, sister in law Betty Struble, and brothers in law Charles Leiker and Jack Struble.

Funeral services will be at 11:00 am on Thursday, September 5, 2013 at the Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic Church. Burial will be in the St. Joseph Cemetery. Friends may call on Wednesday from 4:00 until 8:00pm and on Thursday from 9:30 am until 10:45, all at the Hays Memorial Chapel Funeral Home. A perpetual adorers rosary will be at 4:00 pm, a Sisters of St. Agnes rosary at 5:00, a Daughters of Isabella rosary at 6:00 followed by a parish vigil service at 6:30, all on Wednesday at the funeral home. Memorials are suggested to the Immaculate Heart of Mary Church building fund, the St. Thomas More Society, or to Hospice of Hays Medical Center, in care of the funeral home. Condolences may be left for the family at