Frances Speck Minnich

March 2, 1935February 8, 2019

Frances "Fran" Minnich, 83, died Feb. 8 at Rockingham Memorial Hospital in Harrisonburg, VA. She passed away in the company of family.

Born in Carlisle, PA, Fran married her high school sweetheart, Robert "Monie" Minnich, when they were 19 years old. They were married for 54 years and raised four children together.

The couple were longtime Arlington residents. Monie worked as a county police officer and Fran spent her time raising her children, babysitting in the neighborhood, and sewing. She also enjoyed a 14-year career working with friends at a local Carvel ice cream shop.

Throughout her life, Fran thrived on family, food, and conversation. She loved nothing more than seeing her children and grandchildren together, enjoying meals with family and friends, and snagging a great deal at the local store or supermarket.

She leaves behind a loving family including four children - Randy Minnich (Christine), Rick Minnich (Rebecca). Rusty Minnich (Andrea) and Annetta Winiesdorffer (Andrew), eight grandchildren-Jacob Minnich, Nicolas Minnich (Ashley), Lindsay Minnich, Emily O'Keefe (Tom), Curtis Winiesdorffer, Carley Winiesdorffer, Maddie Costa (Jimmy) and Colton Minnich, two great-grandchildren - Jake and Macie.

The memorial service will be held on Wednesday, February 13th from 5-8 pm at Murphy Funeral Home, 4510 Wilson Boulevard Arlington, VA 22203. In lieu of flowers, the family asks attendees to send donations to Fran's charity of choice, St, Jude Children's Hospital. Online condolences may be made at


  • Visitation Wednesday, February 13, 2019
  • Memorial Ceremony Wednesday, February 13, 2019

Frances Speck Minnich

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Pamela Smith

February 14, 2019

Annetta and Rusty, I'm so sorry for your loss. Your mom was such a sweet woman. I wish I could have made it to the service, but please know that you and your family are in my thoughts. Brenda, my Mom and my Dad also wanted me to share their condolences. With deepest sympathy, --Pam

Clyde Hall

February 14, 2019

Met Fran and Bob in 1960.....been best of friends ever since. They got married very young because of a thing called LOVE. They NEVER lost that Love. After Bob passed away, Fran slowly lost her sight and I would walk with her in our neighborhood and we would talk. She dearly loved her Family above all else.....She was a hero to me. GOD bless you Fran......You and Bob are once again together.

Joni Shelters

February 13, 2019

I am so sorry to hear of Fran's passing. Bob and Fran were close family friends of the Dayton's on N. 5th Street for many, many years. We all have a lot of fond memories of those times. Fran was a very sweet lady, and was always so very kind to me growing up. Bob was a great man, and my Dad's good buddy. My prayers go out to you all at this difficult time. May they rest in peace together now.

Eileen Halligan

February 13, 2019

I send my deepest sympathy to the Minnich and Winiesdorffer families, especially Annetta, Rich, Randy, and Rusty. I am sorry about the loss of your mother. Fran was such a lovely lady. I will always remember her being the perfect hostess. And she was always quick to serve her guests some ice cream, as well as all sort of treats. She definitely knew how to put smiles on people's faces. She will be missed!

Craig Rowland

February 13, 2019

My deepest sympathies and condolences go out to your family on the recent passing of your mother. While I knew her mostly through our teenage years, I remember she had a quick smile and was a great cook. Certainly, she was quite a person to put up with all our mischief and I am sure she had many a story to share about that time period. May fond memories of your mom bring you comfort during this time.

Billie Patterson

February 12, 2019

So sorry to hear of Fran's passing she had a wonderful and full life know she will be missed by all

Randy Minnich

February 12, 2019

Some things I remember about mom, (The good and the bad!)
(1) GREAT COOK. This was both good and bad. GOOD if you were on time for dinner, BAD
if you were late. Not many leftovers when the Minnich family eats!
(2) SLOW RUNNER. Rick and I figured this out when we were 9 or 10 years old when she would try to give us buzz cuts with her home haircut kit chasing us around the house and yelling “wait til you dad gets home!”.
(3) TOWN CRIER. She was the female Paul Revere of Florida St. Every night when the street lights came on, you would hear mom yell “Randy! Rick! Rusty!, Get in the house!”
(4) SMART! When we were in high school, it seemed like every Friday night we had had beans or chili for dinner. No romancing that night.
(5) GREAT coffee drinker. Cannot imagine how many gallons mom and Mrs. Ramsey consumed together over the years.
(6) TASK MASTER. When we were young, with chores we didn’t want to do, and after dad died with chores we were happy to help with.
(7) FRUGAL. In elementary school, most kids who packed their lunch got lunch bags purchased in quantity. Not us. Mom refused to buy lunch bags when she had free grocery bags! Of course we were teased for having a “lunch bag” big enough for a week’s worth of lunches.
(8) DEVOTED DAUGHTER AND NIECE. Even though she was mainly raised by her grandparents, she made sure to include her mom and her Aunt Alma in her life.
(9) TERRIBLE SWIMMER. We went to the beach every year, and I don’t remember her ever being in water above her knees. I guess she just enjoyed seeing us kids having fun.
(10) GREAT MOM. Both mom and dad were always there for all of us. They were always involved in all aspects of our lives and their grand kid’s lives.

Tracy Patterson

February 12, 2019

Our family lived around the corner from the Minnich's, we were on Bluemont Drive. I have fond memories of Mrs. Minnich, she always had something yummy to eat! Sending love and strength to the family.

Pamela Hartle-Greene

February 12, 2019

My deepest sympathy to Fran's family. My father, Dan Hartle, was a police officer & friends with Bob and Fran for many many years. Our family will keep the Minnich family in prayer.

Kenny Adams

February 11, 2019

I’ve known Fran many years as I served in the Marine Corps and Arlington Police Dept. with her husband Bob. Fran was a very warm person to converse with and she always asked about our family. She was a very dedicated wife and mother to her children.
My wife and I visited her in the nursing home and although she lost her sight she was always delighted that we came to visit her.
May You Rest In Peace Dear Fran.