Frances MacMinn, 104, worked for Singer Sewing Machine Co., gifted clothing designer

By on April 27, 2016

Frances MacMinn, 104, of Luther Acres, Lititz, died April 18, 2016, after a brief illness.

Born in 1912 in Uehling, Nebraska, Frances was the widow of Paul MacMinn. She was the daughter of Fred Henry Steckelberg and Grace Davis Smith Steckelberg.

Fran graduated from the Vogue School of Fine Arts in Chicago and then worked for the Singer Sewing Machine Co. She had an incredible talent for clothing design and could view and sketch a dress exhibited in a department store window and then go home and sew it for herself. An excellent seamstress, she thoroughly enjoyed the challenge of creating and making all her own clothing as well as items for her children and grandchildren. Her talents were not limited to sewing as she tried her hand at knitting, painting, pottery, reupholstery, and furniture refinishing over the years. Her most recent efforts at doll making resulted in several striking examples of her creativity.

She was also an excellent cook and enjoyed trying new recipes. Even in later years, as her eyesight failed her, she enjoyed watching the cooking shows on television to see what was new. She never lost her curiosity and enthusiasm for life and trying new things.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, and two brothers: Jerome and Lowell Steckelberg.

Surviving are her son: Robert, and his wife Pat, of Naples, Fla.; and her daughter: Ann Ford of Richmond, Va. Grandchildren include: Debra MacMinn Graves of Virginia; Linda MacMinn of Florida; Michael Ford of North Carolina; Erik Ford of Virginia; and Jessica Ford McNeace of Hawaii. Great-grandchildren include: Madeline, Kyle and Claire Graves, Matthew Ford, and Emma McNeace.

Services were held April 23 at the Chapel of the Good Samaritan at Luther Acres.

In lieu of flowers, please make contributions in Fran’s memory to Hospice and Community Care, 685 Good Drive, Box 4125, Lancaster, PA 17604-4125.

To send an online condolence, visit Charles F. Snyder Jr. Funeral Home and Crematory, Lititz, handled the arrangements.

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