Mary Lou Frunz

Mary Lou Frunz

1930 - 2021

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Obituary of Mary Lou Frunz

It is with great sadness that we share the news of the passing of our beloved mother, Mary Lou Frunz on September 14, 2021, at her home in Morton, Washington. We are proud that Mom lived 90 full years on her own terms and passed (from complication due to pulmonary fibrosis) exactly as she had wished: at home with the comfort of family and friends. She was a kind, independent, strong, compassionate and wise soul, with incredible wit and intelligence. A native of Tacoma, she graduated from the St Leo High School Class of 1948 and went on to attend the University of Puget Sound, majoring in music composition with a focus on jazz. She married twice in her life: to James Odle for 9 years and then to the love of her life, Richard Frunz for 48 years, until his passing in 2012.


Mary Lou is survived by sons Ron, Jim, Dave (Sharon), Don and Ken (Dawn) as well as by daughters Elaine, Dorothy (Jack), and Marianne. Her son Bob and her granddaughter Rachel predeceased her. Grandchildren include Angie, Josh (Jen), Ryan, Cassandra, Robert, Alessandra (Craig), Polly (Ryan), James (Emily), Matt (Jilly), Max (McKayla) and Stephanie. Great-grandchildren include Brendan, Brandy, Cyrus and Adelaide.


Mom was a homemaker who was fiercely devoted to her family and her Catholic faith. She had a huge heart, keen intellect, and wisdom that was admired and revered by everyone who knew her. She took great pride in her children but had a special connection with her grandchildren with whom she enjoyed a mutual adoration. She was the confidante of many, and deeply love by all that knew her.


Mary Lou had many interests from sports to gardening to politics and music. She personified the 12th Man and was an ardent Seahawks fan. She also took great joy in tending to her garden and lawn at her home on 3 acres by the East Tilton River.  Music was her special passion, and she was a jazz aficionado. Her favorite song was How High the Moon by Ella Fitzgerald.


May you rest in peace Mary Lou, our beloved Mother and friend to so many. A memorial will be held on October 24, 2021 at the Frunz residence in Morton, followed there by a potluck celebration of her life.


In lieu of flowers, please make contributions to the St. Leo Food Connection.

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