Opelousas - A Mass of Christian Burial for Frances "Teet" Mingus Kretschmer will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Friday, February 9, 2018, in the St. Landry Catholic Church in Opelousas. Reverend Father Jim Brady will celebrate the Mass. Rite of Committal and interment will follow in the Bellevue Memorial Park Cemetery in Opelousas.
Teet died on February 3, 2018, in Denton, Texas after a brief illness. She was born on February 1, 1927, in Fort Worth, Texas, the second of six children. They grew up on the island of Aruba and were a life-long, very close knit family.
She married Dr. Theodore "Ted" Kretschmer in 1949 and together they had four children. After Thad was born in Aruba, the Kretschmers moved to Chicago where Tony, Jenny, and Andy were born. In 1957, the family moved to Louisiana and spent many happy years in Opelousas. After Ted died in 1969, Teet went back to school and became an R. N. She also later got a degree in education and was a teacher. At the time of her death, she was living in Argyle, Texas, with her daughter, Jenny and Jenny's husband, Mike Connole.
Teet loved to travel and meet new people. She spoke Spanish. She was an avid reader and never stopped learning. She was beloved by her family and friends. A true woman of substance possessed of generosity, faith, style, and the best damn laugh on the planet.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Odis Simpson Mingus and Nell Barnes Mingus; her husband, Theodore Edward "Ted" Kretschmer, M. D.; her son, George Anthony "Tony" Kretschmer; and two sisters, Jean Ann Mingus Byrd and Sunny Mingus Axelsen.
She is survived by her children, Theodore Edward "Thad" Kretschmer, M. D. and wife, Cindy of Washington, LA; Jean Ann "Jenny" Kretschmer Connole and husband, Mike of Argyle, Texas; and Andrew Patrick "Andy" Kretschmer, M. D. and wife, Nancy of Shenandoah, Texas; one brother, Lad Mingus of Lakehills, Texas; two sisters, Sue Cone of Massachusetts; and Polly Eriksen and husband, Erik of Bullard, Texas; 13 grandchildren, and 17 great-grandchildren, and a multitude of nieces, nephews, and friends.
Visitation will be held at the Lafond-Ardoin Funeral Home of Opelousas, Louisiana, from 4:00 p.m. until 9:00 p.m. on Thursday, February 8, 2018. On Friday, visitation will continue from 9:00 a.m. until 9:30 a.m. A Rosary will be recited on Thursday at 6:00 p.m. in funeral home.
Family and friends are invited to sign and view the online guestbook at www.lafondardoin.com.
LaFond-Ardoin Funeral Home of Opelousas, 2845 South Union Street, Opelousas, LA 70570, (337-942-2638) has been entrusted with the funeral arrangements.
Praying for you and your family Jenny. Your Mom was a beautiful, fun, and loving lady. My sympathies and prayers continue for ya'll during this most difficult time.
To Jenny and all of your family,
I send my sincere condolences.
Your mother was a special lady. I admired her greatly and we will always remember her fondly. We got to know her well, especially during our homeschooling years.
I tried to send you a message to say these things plus more but must have the wrong cell number. We have been in Natchitoches with GT's ailing father who passed away at his home early Saturday morning. So sorry that I couldn't be in Opelousas for what I am sure was a beautiful send off for her entrance into God's heavenly kingdom! Be assured of our prayers for your mother and all of your family!
Beth and Gerard Thomas and
Kathryn and Chris Ledet
Beth ThomasLafayette, LA
My deepest sympathy to all the family, especially Thad and Wes in their loss. I remember Frances as mentioned in the obituary. I am sure she will be missed by all her family. Love,
Danni Dupuis JonesRuston, LA
My prayers and condolences to the family. May you be at peace, Teet.
Kathleen ConnoleRoswell, GA
Teet was lovely, beautiful woman with a tremendous sense of humor. When she came to visit Sue we would sit on the patio and she would always tell a great story that usually left me in stitches. Teet could keep me entertained for hours. I am privileged to have known her and will cherish the memories of our time together for the rest of my life.
Paulina ConePalm Desert, CA
Prayers offered for all of you. What a beautiful woman. I'm so sorry for your lost. God's Blessings on you all.
Laurie CredeurCarencro, LA
Please accept my sincere condolences on the passing of your mother. She's at peace now.
Liz Trcalek RoberieGeorgetown, TX
I am sadden to hear of Ms. Frances passing. My heart felt condolences go out to all of her family.
Gretchen ErlingsonHouston, TX
I have and will always cherish wonderful memories of Aunt Teet. Though sad with her passing I cannot help but smile when I think of her dry sense of humor and unswerving faith in the church and love of her family. I miss her.
John ConeDover, MA
Prayers for your family.
Patrick gillespie mdWashington, LA