Marie B. Franus, 95, of Zelienople, formerly of Franklin Township, passed away on Monday, September 14, 2009 at 8:55 AM in UPMC Passavant Hospital. Born on January 14, 1914 in New Castle, PA she was the daughter of the late John C. and Annabel Moore Parker. She married Theodore "Ted" Franus on September 9, 1933 and he preceded her in death on September 11, 1993. Marie formerly worked at the Ellwood Knitting Mills and Lamberts Carpet. She retired from the Riverside School District where she worked in the cafeteria. She was an avid crafter who recently started making aprons for family members and friends and at last count had completed over 90 aprons. Marie also played golf and bowled in many local women's leagues. One of her proudest moments was earning her GED at age 60. She is survived by her son and daughter-in-law, Jerry and Cheryl Franus of Ellwood City, a granddaughter, Brooke Franus of Pittsburgh and a grandson and his wife, Blake and Mira Franus of Ellwood City. In addition to her parents and her husband, she was preceded in death by 3 sisters: Kathryn Shutts, Dorothy McDowell and Betty Ryan and 2 brothers: Howard "Scottie" Parker and James Parker. Friends will be received on Wednesday, September 16th from 2-4 and 7-9 PM in the Joseph A. Tomon, Jr. Funeral Home and Crematory, 97 Grim Avenue, Ellport. A funeral service will be held at the funeral home on Thursday, September 17th at 11:00 AM with Rev. Elizabeth Wallace of Knox Presbyterian Church, celebrant. Interment will follow in Holy Redeemer Cemetery. Memorial contributions can be made in Marie's name to the Ellwood City Area Public Library, 510 Crescent Avenue, Ellwood City, PA 16117.
The passing of Aunt Marie saddens my heart and my prayers go out to Jerry aznd his family, especially to Brooke and Blake as i know how close to their Grandmother they were. God Bless and God Speed I will miss here.
Ed & Cindy Leymarie
Dear Jerry & Cheryl, We read your Mothers obituary with great admiration and extend our sympathy to you and your family.
The Vogler Family
We're thankful for the years of knowing Grandma Franus. Her adiitions to family gatherings will never be forgotten. Her special stuffed celery will always be a memory we will treasure. We all wear our "Grandma Franus Aprons" proudly at each family event. Thank you for sharing Jerry with us these past 36 years....we promise to love him for you!
Every time I use my special potholder or apron she made me I think of her and the love that went into making it. My love and prayers go out to Uncle Jerry, Aunt Cheryl, Kusine, and Blake.
Grandparents are special people and she will be missed.
What a strong straightforward woman...a pioneer of "women's lib" (along with the other strong Franus wives) well before it ever came into fashion ..."Uncle Jerry" and his family were her soft edges and gentle curves...wearing my Steeler apron will now take on an even more special meaning as it will remind me of the strong hands and loving heart that went into the making... Kimberly
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