Frances Irene Szymkowski, 81, of Dousman passed away on December 14, 2019 at AngelsGrace Hospice in Oconomowoc with her loving family by her side.
Frances was born on May 31, 1938 in Sullivan Township at the Northey family homestead the daughter of John and May (Brom) Northey. Frances grew up on the Northey dairy farm and graduated from Palmyra High School in 1955. Frances graduated in 1956 from Marvel Beauty School in Milwaukee. In 1959, Frances married her high school sweetheart James Szymkowski in Pleasant Valley United Methodist Church in Sullivan.
Frances started out as a beautician in Janesville, took time off to raise her children, then worked and retired from Ransomes in Johnson Creek after many years. After retirement, she was active in the Oconomowoc Woman’s Club, YMCA at Pabst Farms Senior Club, Scartlett O’Hatters, and her local church. She enjoyed flower gardening, arts and crafts, playing cards, baking, bird watching, and seeing movies. Her favorite activity of all was spending time with her large group of family and friends.
Frances is survived by sisters Geraldine Klitzkie and Lula West, her adoring children Mark (Julie) Szymkowski of Whitewater, Darcy (Eric) McKellar of Glendora, CA, Renee (Jay) Obenberger of Summit, and Todd (Rebecca) Szymkowski of McFarland, her beloved grandchildren Matthew, Samantha, Ashley, Kim, Rebecca, Courtney, Stephanie, Ben, Owen, Olivia, Grace, Mia, her great grandchildren Daniel, Elissa, Evalyn, Nicholas, Oliver, Baily, McKenna, Quinn and many nieces and nephews.
She is preceded in death by her husband of 49 years, by her parents and her siblings John Northey, Harold Northey, Mary Louis Brackett, and Earl Northey, and her great grandchild Tate.
Visitation will be held from 9:00AM until 10:00AM on Saturday, December 21, 2019 at Emmanuel United Church of Christ in Dousman, WI. Funeral service will be held immediately following visitation at 10:00AM. Burial with will take place immediately following the funeral service at Pleasant Valley Cemetery in Sullivan.
The immediate family would like to thank Dr. Raftery, her team and all the ProHealth caregivers for supporting Frances’ long fight against cancer over the last ten years.
She will be missed by her many friends and family.
Gibson Family Funeral Homes of Eagle & Palmyra, WI is serving the family. To place an online condolence please visit gibsonfuneral.com.
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