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Our family extends heartfelt condolences. All of us had such respect for Fran and the magnificent job she did as a single working parent. Her strength and dedication to her boys was inspirational. One year, probably 40 years ago, Fran was going to drive the boys all the way to Colorado for vacation. But her first goal was to get to Kearney, Nebraska, find a motel, sprawl on the bed and get a bucket of chicken. We smiled at the

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Posted by: Cary and Kristin Beatty - North Liberty, IA   Jun 25, 2012

We would like to offer our condolences on the loss of Ron's mother. Our prayers are with you in your time of sorrow. May Frances rest in peace.

Posted by: Tom and Marsha Toner    Jun 23, 2012

My mother and father were friends with Frances in Coralville in the 1950s, and had fond memories of the fun they had together. My thoughts are with Ron , Dave and the rest of the family.

Posted by: Shelley Squier - North English, IA - friend   Jun 22, 2012

Bev and family,
I am so sorry for your loss. My prayers are with you all.

Posted by: Dorla Hill - Coralville   Jun 22, 2012

My family lives in the home in Coralville where Fran raised her children. I did not have the opportunity to meet Fran in person but I am reminded of her memory as I raise my family there as well. I have come to know Fran through the memories of her friends and neighbors. From our family to yours, we are sorry for your loss.

Posted by: MIranda Moore - Coralville, IA   Jun 22, 2012

I worked for Fran at the Carousel Restaurant in Coralville, where the China Buffet is now. I went to school with Dave. Fran was a tough cookie but a great boss. I don't think i was the most mature or responsible of workers at such a young age, but she was always so pleasant and shared her smile easily. I have great memories of her and the business she built. RIP Fran

Posted by: bobby jett - iowa city, IA - employee   Jun 22, 2012

My thoughts and prayers are with the family and friends. May you find comfort in the happy memories. Frances shared her beautiful smile with so many people, she touched many hearts, she will be remembered as a kind and loving woman.

Posted by: Jane Wenman Coppernoll - Cedar Rapids, IA - Cousin to Ron and Dave   Jun 22, 2012

Ron and Bev and family, Dave and Julie and family I am sorry for the loss of your mother. She will always be remembered with her beautiful smile. Keep the good memories that you shared with her. God Bless You All.

Posted by: Dan Hayslett - Iowa City, IA - Family friend   Jun 22, 2012

Dave, Julie, Chris, Tracy, Ron, Bev and family,

You are all in our thoughts and prayers! May your memories be a source of comfort at this time.

We love you!

Deb, Bob, Eric and Michael Bergtrom

Posted by: Deb and Bob Bergstrom and family - St. Augustine, FL - Sister of Julie Wenman   Jun 21, 2012

I like to believe that when we lose someone close to us they still live through us and give us strength. The time we have spent with those we've lost makes them part of us. I always enjoyed and connected with Fran's love of animals. I will never forget visiting her and being entertained by her birds, fish, and dogs and all the tricks she had taught them. She was a loving and caring person in my life and her memory will live on with me forever. My thoughts and prayers are with her entire family.

Posted by: Holly Verry Cabuay - Minneapolis, MN - niece   Jun 21, 2012