Frances Virginia Nethken

March 3, 1920March 18, 2021

Frances Virginia Nethken, born on February 26, 1920, in Shenandoah Virginia, passed peacefully in her sleep on March 18, 2021, at the Culpeper Nursing Home. She was preceded in death by her husband, Steward E. Nethken.

She is survived by her daughter, Elizabeth Ann Fontaine and her husband, Fred Fontaine of Belgrade, Maine, her grandson, Charlie R. Coates, III, and his wife Elizabeth of Sharon, Massachusetts, her granddaughters Sabine Neilson and her husband, Zachary of Thorndike, Maine, and Camille Fontaine of Boston, Massachusetts; 3 great-granddaughters, Ellie, Louisa and Annabelle Coates, all of Sharon, Massachusetts, many nieces, nephews and dear friends.

Frances was born at home on her family farm in the Shenandoah Valley and grew up by the Shenandoah River. She moved to Culpeper in 1961 and became a member of St. Luke’s Lutheran Church, where she spent many years of service to the church community that she loved.

She lived at her residence in Culpeper until she was 100 years old until last year when she became ill and moved to Culpeper Rehabilitation Center. She was a lover of the outdoors and enjoyed staying at home taking care of her gardens and birds.

Due to Covid-19, a service is planned for a later date when family members may be able to travel.


No public services are scheduled at this time. Receive a notification when services are updated.


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Carolyn Payne

March 28, 2021

My husband and I send our deepest sympathy to the family. Frances was a big influence on me. We met at church and I had the pleasure of working with her on Fellowship events where we would prepare food and tables for the congregation. When I worried about not having enough to feed everyone she said to me, if everybody makes it thru the line once then we have done our job. I loved her laugh and her faith. Heaven has received a beautiful angel.
Carolyn and Craig Payne

Gloria Harper

March 23, 2021

Liz and family, I am so sorry for the loss of you dear Momma. I remember her coming to pick us up from Girl Scouts in the the red Buick. She made the best German Chocolate cake. Sweet memories. Thoughts and prayers are with you. Love to all, Gloria Harper.

Mitzi Mills

March 22, 2021

Francis was such a generious, kind gentle soul. And loved life, people and animals. She made such a positive impact on me in my younger years, and grateful that I grew up sharing my youth around her. Also so glad I was able to visit her later in life. Will always be remembered fondly.
My thoughts and prayers are with Elizabeth Ann and her entire family

Barbara Brandt

March 21, 2021

So many of my childhood memories took place at the Nethkens. Frances was a loving, kind soul who took a real interest in all the neighborhood kids. I enjoyed visiting her as an adult, sitting on the carport deadheading petunias & chatting & reminiscing. I’ve missed seeing her the past few years as her health declined, & my thoughts & prayers are with you Liz. This is the end of an era and she will be truly missed.

Cindy Jones

March 20, 2021

To know Francis was to love Francis. She was a loving, kind and godly woman. Her laughter was contagious. She lived a wonderful life but what she gave to others in her life is what made her so special. God bless Liz and all her family. We love you all.

Luella L. Cyr

March 19, 2021

Frances was a loving/caring person & became a close friend after we met at the churchm we joined (St. Luke Lutheran Church, Culpeper, VA. Got to know her better wnen we took turns babysitting during church services; visited each other often afterwards. She will be deeply missed Luella (Lou) Cyr