Popular Mansfield couple killed in plane crash mourned at memorial

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by TODD UNGER

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Posted on May 12, 2013 at 10:00 PM

Updated Sunday, May 12 at 11:20 PM

MANSFIELD -- Donald and Jeanne Frosch were remembered at a powerful and emotional memorial service on Sunday evening.

The couple was killed Thursday afternoon when a Cessna 182 piloted by Donald went down outside of Fredericksburg.

Friends say the timing of the crash was especially tragic, because they left behind an eight-year-old daughter.

"We were supposed to come together for Mother's Day... This is just really hard," said Rick Rosales, one of the couple's close friends.

Hundreds of people packed into St. John's Lutheran to pay their respects.

Reverend Bill Dasch said that for all of the sadness, the congregation needed to pull together and remember the couple had crossed into a better place.

"You didn't lost your loved one," he said. "You know right where they are at."

Jeanne grew up on family farm near Vernon, and was remembered as an adventurous and loving spirit.

Donald was said to be smart, athletic, and loved to fly.

His church softball team took the stage at one point during the service and emotionally described how they would retire his uniform.

"He was the heart and soul of our team," said one player.

On Monday, the couple will be laid to rest in Huntsville, following a funeral service there.

Donald was 44. Jeanne was 41.

The FAA and NTSB continue to investigate the crash.

Friends and family told News 8 they suspect weather played a role, although federal officials haven't yet determined a cause.

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