University of North Dakota Faculty/Staff Newsletter

Remembering Frances Riskey

Frances M. (Gudajtes) Riskey, retired food service worker, Grand Forks, passed away Saturday, April 6, 2013 in 4000 Valley Square Frances-M-RiskeyWoodside Village.  She was 96.

Frances was born Feb. 15, 1917, to Anton and Joanna (Byzewski) Gudajtes of Warsaw, N.D.  She attended schools in Warsaw. She married Leonard Riskey on June 27, 1938, and they farmed in Walshville Township. In 1968 they moved to Grand Forks.

Frances worked at the University Food Service for 18 years until she retired. She especially enjoyed visiting with UND hockey players and became an avid UND Hockey fan. She was a member of St. Michael’s Catholic Church and Altar Society. Frances was a volunteer at St. Anne’s Guest Home, a member of Senior Citizens, Polish National Alliance, and the Sacred Heart League, Warsaw, North Dakota. She enjoyed baking crocheting, gardening and playing cards.

Frances is survived by three children, Dennis (Dorothy) of Merced, California, Doris (John) Jessesski of Onalaska, Wisconsin, David (Barb) of Grand Forks, and son-in-law, Charles Johnson of Spring Branch, Texas. Also surviving are 11 grandchildren and 28 great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband, Leonard; a daughter, Diane Johnson; great-grandson, Dalton Colby; her parents; four brothers, Benjamin, Alphonso, Neman and Edward; four sisters, Sophie Wysocki, Blanche Babinski, Helen Paschke, and Cecilia Babinski.

In lieu of flowers the family requests memorials to St. Joseph’s Food Pantry or St. Michael’s Altar Society, both of Grand Forks.

Mass of Christian Burial: will be 10:00 a.m. Tuesday, April 9, 2013 in St. Michael’s Catholic Church, 520 N. 5th St., Grand Forks.  Spring Interment: Calvary North Cemetery, Grand Forks.

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