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)
St. Mark Catholic Church
Saturday, February 1, 2020
11:00 AM (instate @ 10:00 AM)
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 www.bureshfuneralhome.com