She was born on Sept. 2, 1936, in Iola to Eugene and Clara (Wilson) Burgess. She graduated from Iola High School in 1954.
She worked at Rexall Drug, Iola, for several years before moving to Oswego in 1969. She worked at Groomers Ben Franklin and then at Don Froe Liquor Store. She last worked at Labette County Medical Center (now Labette Health), Parsons.
She was a member of the VFW and Mother of God Catholic Church, Oswego.
She married Paul Froelich on April 26, 1974. He preceded her in death.
Survivors include a daughter, Vallerie Jane Hayden of Oswego; two sisters, Joan Willis of Iola and Malala J. Koester of Yates Center; two grandchildren, Harold Hayden of Vinita, Okla., and Lorie Kay Hayden of Oswego; and four great-grandchildren.
Others preceding her in death include her parents; a brother, Dennis Burgess; and a daughter, Jennifer Holtz.
After cremation, burial will be in Oswego Cemetery. There will be a Mass in her memory at a later date. Derfelt Funeral Home, Oswego, is in charge of arrangements.
Memorials are suggested to Mother of God Church or Deseret Nursing Center and can be left at or sent to the funeral home.