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Frances Ruth Melhoff obituary

Published on September 14, 2017 12:01AM

Frances Melhoff

Frances Melhoff


Feb. 19, 1938 — Sept. 7, 2017

Fran was born to Richard and Ruth (Galer) Schoenborn in Astoria, Oregon on Feb. 19, 1938.

Fran passed away on Sept. 7, 2017, in Wheeler, Oregon. She is preceded in death by her parents and her brother, Ted.

Fran was raised in Gearhart, graduating from Seaside Union High School in 1956. She earned her bachelor of science degree from Portland State College in 1962. She later earned her teaching degree.

Fran’s teaching career started and ended in the Seaside School District. She taught in the elementary grades, beginning in Gearhart and ending at Seaside Heights. Over the years, Fran taught many local students, as well as some of their children. She even managed to teach some students twice, but in different grades.

Fran Schoenborn was lucky enough to have met the love of her life, Lester Melhoff. They were married in Seaside in October 1971. They would have celebrated their 46th wedding anniversary next month.

Fran is survived by her husband, Les, and cousins, nieces and nephews, all too numerous to mention.

A service will take place on Thursday, Sept. 14, 2017, at 1 p.m., at Our Saviour’s Lutheran Church, 320 First Ave. in Seaside, Oregon, with a reception to follow at the church.

Private interment at Ocean View Cemetery will take place at a later date.

In lieu of flowers, please contribute to your favorite charity.

Frances will be smiling down when she sees her family and friends wearing purple, her favorite color.

Hughes-Ransom Mortuary & Crematory of Astoria/Seaside is in charge of the arrangements. An online guest book may be signed at


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