December 02, 1929 – September 26, 2017
Helen Patricia Frantz, 87, of rural Saunemin, Illinois, passed away at 9:50 a.m. on Tuesday, September 26, 2017, at her childhood home.
Funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, October 7, 2017, at the Saunemin United Methodist Church with Rev. Jane Bradford officiating. Visitation will be held at the church two hours prior to the service. Burial will follow the services at Sunny Slope Cemetery in Saunemin. Memorials may be made to the Saunemin United Methodist Church. Calvert & Martin Funeral Home in Cullom is handling arrangements for the family.
Patricia was born in a snowstorm on December 2. 1929, in Pontiac, Illinois, a daughter of Henry Clay and Helen Lucille (Heylin) Quigley. She married Keith D. Frantz on October 23, 1948, in Saunemin. He passed away on May 16, 2000.
She is survived by her children, Kay (Lindsey) Chew of Lafayette, NJ, Carol (Dan) Cozby of San Antonio, TX, Barbara Frantz and Bryan Frantz of Saunemin, and Bruce (Penny) Frantz of Navarre, FL; her grandchildren, Ellen (Sean) Hodgson, Keith (Jen) Chew, Rebbecca (Tom) Zorn, David Chew, Elizabeth Chew, Dana (Chris) Solomon, Sarah Cozby, Monica (Greg) Kennedy, Chelsea (Dr. Samer Alshurieki) Frantz, and Richard Frantz; her great-grandchildren, Riley and Erin Solomon, Michael, Parker and Jacob Chew, Samantha Hodgson, and Zane and Noor Alshurieki; and her sister, Jean Quigley of Saunemin.
She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, oldest son David L. Frantz, brother James M. Quigley, and sister Mary Lou Harmon Myers.
Patricia was educated in Maple Grove and Saunemin schools, graduating in 1948. As a teenager, she was a nurse’s aide in the summers in Kankakee and Streator hospitals and worked at the TB Sanitarium in Pontiac prior to her marriage. She was a homemaker, farmed with her husband, and they mowed cemeteries in Saunemin Township and Cullom. At an age when most people are planning their retirement, Patricia became a licensed CNA and returned to nursing at the Tjardes Healthcare Center, and later was a dietary worker at Evenglow Lodge. She had been a member of the Saunemin United Methodist Women, Saunemin Woman’s Club, and Saunemin American Legion Auxiliary. Patricia and Keith were avid ballroom dancers.