Frances Marie Kaniszewski

Au Gres, Michigan
June 25, 1921 - January 23, 2020


Friday, January 31, 2020
St. Mark Catholic Church
2:00 PM - 7:00 PM (Vigil @ 6:00 PM)

Service Location

St. Mark Catholic Church


Saturday, February 1, 2020
11:00 AM (instate @ 10:00 AM)

Obituary Notice

Francis Marie Kaniszewski began lighting up this world on June 25, 1921. She would spend the next 98 years with a smile on her face, a little extra zest in her steps, and with a sassy wit that brought copious amounts of laughter to anyone who knew her. She was a huge sports fan, and spent countless hours in the stands cheering on her children, grandchildren, and great grandchildren. She loved the outdoors and made it a priority to be as active as possible, which allowed her to live such a full and healthy life. She could dance a mean polka and often spun circles around people half her age. She loved to golf and was seen participating in the sport she loved well into her nineties. She also spent much of her time camping in Grand Marais, Mi. Many laughs were shared with family and friends around a campfire, or on long walks along the beaches of Lake Superior. She had a thumb so green that she could resurrect a stick. She took pride in her rose garden as well as tending to her orchids. Another favorite pastime in her life were the countless competitive games of Euchre that she played. She was loud, she was a fierce competitor, and she was never shy to let you know if you trumped her ace. Her colorful and sometimes made up vocabulary was a thing of legend and was lovingly referred to as ‘Franeese.’ Fran was one of a kind and a true gem to our family. On January 23, 2020, our matriarch went Home to rest in the arms of Jesus. We are all better for having been blessed by her genuine, unique love and her positive light.

Fran was born to Mary and William York of Lithuania. She married her sweetheart, Walter Kaniszewski on October 21, 1939. Their 67 years of marriage resulted in 6 children, Elenor (Les) Olson of Arizona, Sally (Donald) Doran of North Branch, Walter (Maria) Kaniszewski of AuGres, Lydia (Jim) Maurer of Arizona, Leon (Cathy) Kaniszewski of Caro, and Joseph (Kathi) Kaniszewski of Midland}, the beloved grandson she raised, Kirk (Tuya) Olson of Mongolia, 15 more grandchildren, 35 great grandchildren, and one great-great grandchild. Fran was greeted at the Heavenly Gates by her husband Walter, daughters Lydia and Elenor, Grandsons John and Adam, and granddaughter Carie. Heaven has gained an angel and she will be missed by all of her friends and family.

Funeral services will be held on Saturday, February 1, 2020 at 11:00 AM (instate) at St. Mark Catholic Church in AuGres, Michigan. Visitation will take place on Friday, at church from 2:00 PM – 7:00 PM with a vigil service to begin at 6:00 PM. Condolence may be shared at


Linwood Cemetery


Dear Kaniszewski Family, Our sincere condolences on Mrs. Kaniszewski's passing. She was truly a gem. We will always remember her fondly. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all during this difficult time. When we were growing up she knew what was needed to keep us inline. She was a beautiful person all the way through. RIP Mrs. K
— Frank and Jeanice Jastrzembowski
Dear Kaniszewski families-We are so very sorry for your loss. This past year has been a really tough one for all of you. Our thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time.
— Barb & Don Konuszewski
“Oh, Mrs. Kaniszewski, where have the years gone? A time capsule takes us back to Lamson Street where we will always remember Frances as busy, busy, busy... Tending her garden, delivering newspapers with Blue, cooking for Walt and running after "The Six"! We couldn't have asked for a better neighbor than "YOU"! You were The Original 'Energizer Bunny' of Lamson Street! Sending All Of The Kaniszewski Family Our Love With Fond Memories... Rachel and Mary Ann Jersevicz ”
— Rachel & Mary Ann Jersevicz
Growing up across the street from the Kaniszewskis, my memory of Mrs.K is as shown in her photo—a big smile on her face! She was such a wonderful woman, whom will be sorely missed by her family. I know those who have gone before her welcomed her into Heaven with open arms.
— Janice Wolinski-Williams
Dear Cousins, what a beautifully written description of a wonderful woman!! I have many fond memories of Fran, Walt and her children. I believe my two younger brothers, AJ & Tom, grew taller by osmosis by living in the Kaniszewski house on Lamson Street in Saginaw. Such a fun neighborhood, such a great to all, especially at this time. Edie Lienczewski
— Edie Lienczewski
What a beautifully written obituary. Fran was a truly amazing "LIGHT" with a 'whole lotta life". There was a spring in her step and love in her heart. Just this past summer she showed me, in Jason's front yard, how she does her daily pushups!! What an amazing young lady!! Rest easy Frannie..your work on earth is done. Till we meet again....
— Yvonne and Mike Schell
Dear Cousins, Thank you for sharing all of the beautiful character traits of Aunt Francie, with those of us that did not know her that well. Your beautiful words reveal what a truely, remarkable woman she was, as well as how much she was loved and will be missed. You now have a strong, fiesty, beautiful angel watching over you, from the heavens😇❤
— Anna Martin
Blessings to the Kinuszewski family! I was married to Tony & Audrey Kanuszewskis son Tony in 1988. Francis was at my bridal shower & wedding! She was alot of fun & so down to earth! Julie Loy (Kanuszewski)
— Julie Loy
Dear Kaniszewski families, We send our heartfelt sympathies to you all on the loss of your Dear Frances. We pray that God will comfort you during this difficult time and may your memories warm your heart. Love & Prayers. Mary Helen Sipiala & Family
— Patrick Sipiala
Dear Kaniszewski Family—-I was so sorry to hear about Frances. I can remember all the times Walt and Frances came to visit my parents Ed and Elinor in Bridgeport and how much fun they were. Seemed like they were always meeting up at the Pulaski Hall on Jefferson Street for the fish fries and polka music. She was truly a great woman and that laugh of hers was contagious. I always wondered what she was feeding her kids to make them grow so tall. She will be missed by all that knew her. I am so sorry for your loss.
— Carol Novak

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