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Frances Theresa Mitten

March 11, 2023
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Frances Theresa Mitten, 73, of Ashland, passed away Saturday, March 11, 2023, at the Lehigh Valley Hospital, Cedar Crest, Allentown.  Born at home in Ashland, July 14, 1949, she was the daughter of the late George and Cecelia Pitts Shivelhood.  She graduated from the North Schuylkill High School, Ashland, class of 1967, and the McCann School of Business, Mahanoy City, class of 1968.  Fran had been employed in the office of the Phillips Van Heusen Company, Pottsville, and subsequently for 17 years in the North Schuylkill High School Cafeteria, Fountain Springs, until her retirement.  She was a member of Saint Charles Borromeo Roman Catholic Parish, and the Martha Washington Ladies Auxiliary of the Washington Fire Company, both of Ashland.  Fran loved knitting, crocheting, and attending activities in which her grandchildren participated.  She was an avid fan of all North Schuylkill sporting teams, the North Schuylkill Band, and all the North Schuylkill Plays.  Preceding her in death were sisters Louise Wetzel and Nancy Roche, Triplet sons, Matthew, Mark, and John, and a grandson Ian Houser.


Husband:  David Mitten, married 51 years ago in St. Joseph’s Catholic Church, Ashland, on August 14, 1971.

Daughter:  Mary Ann wife of Todd Houser, Gordon

Daughter:  Jennifer Rau and partner Brian McCabe, Gordon

Daughter:  Michelle wife of Tom Place, Gordon

Many Nieces and Nephews

Fran was a devoted grandmother to Nevaida Rau, Evan Houser, Cecelia Rau, Maycee Place, and Norah Place, all of Gordon.

Relatives and friends are invited to attend a Mass of Christian Burial, Thursday, March 16, 2023, at 11 AM in the Saint Charles Borromeo Parish Church, 11th and Walnut Streets, Ashland.  Celebrating Mass will be Rev. Giuseppe Esposito, pastor.  Interment will follow in St. Joseph’s Cemetery, Fountain Springs. Viewing in the church will begin at 9 AM until service. The family would appreciate contributions in Fran’s memory be made to the Martha Washington Ladies Auxiliary of the Washington Fire Company, 1307 Centre St., Ashland, PA., 17921.  Visit  

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March 16, 2023

9:00 AM to 11:00 AM
Saint Charles Borromeo Roman Catholic Church

Mass of Christian Burial
March 16, 2023

11:00 AM
Saint Charles Roman Catholic Parish Church


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