Obit: Frenette, France J. "Fran" (1955 – 2018)


Surnames: Frenette, Bounds, Barcomb, Henricksen, Sponable, Becker, Narula, Theisen, Engle, Cornell

Source: Tribune/Record/Gleaner (Abbotsford, WI) 03 Apr 2019

Frenette, France J. "Fran" (25 Feb 1955 – 1 DEC 2018)

Frances Jo “Fran” Frenette, 63, crossed over to be with our Almighty Father and His Son Jesus Christ on Saturday evening, Dec. 1, 2018, at her home in rural Greenwood. A celebration (party) in Fran’s honor will be held on Saturday, June 15, at her home, W7705 Cloverdale Rd., Greenwood, beginning around 1 p.m.

Franny Bounds was born on Feb. 25, 1955, in Albany, N.Y., to Francis and Exilda (nee Barcomb) Bounds. She attended Westmere elementary, middle and high school at Guilderland High School of Guilderland, N.Y., all in the Albany area. She worked several jobs during her school years, including the Golden Krust Bakery in the Stuyvesant Plaza on Western Ave., Albany. After graduation in 1974, she moved to Plattsburgh, N.Y., to work for Sterling Optical at the Plattsburgh Mall. There she met Sgt. William “Willy/Bill” Frenette, from Thorp, who was stationed at Plattsburgh Air Force Base. Fran and Bill were married on Sept. 13, 1975, at St. Margert Mary’s of Albany, with a reception and dance in her sister’s backyard … very nice. Made it 43 plus years. After separation from the Air Force, the Frenettes relocated to Bill’s home area in Wisconsin. Some of Franny’s many jobs over the years included: Rogers Men’s Wear at the Thunderbird Mall in Menomonie; The Horseshoe Inn of Wheeler (before and after fi re of 1977-78); Clark County Health Care Center of Owen; CESA 10 and the Thorp Public School system; U.S. Census Bureau; The Silver Dollar tavern of rural Thorp; and Dale’s North Mound. But her most important job was that of mother to her two sons: Joseph William and John Richard. Fran also helped bring the area’s educational opportunities for all into the 20th century by educating herself and the school system on the laws that apply to all students. She also was a foster grandparent at Thorp Elementary and started the fi fth-grade “Pen Pal” project there. Fran was definitely one-of-a-kind, sweet and ferocious. She was especially proud to be “Nana” to her two bubalas, Malachi Paul and Emerson John Frenette. She is sadly missed by us all, but wants you to know that God is much bigger than the internet. So remember her fondly and think of her often. As the lyrics from “Last Kiss” by J. Frank Wilson and the Cavaliers say, “She’s gone to heaven so I have to be good, so I can see my baby when I leave this world.”

Fran has joined her nephew, Johnny Bounds, and her parents, grandparents, in-laws, aunts, uncles, and many others who have crossed over to the spirit world.

She is survived by husband, Bill; son John and grandkids Malachi and Emerson of rural Greenwood, and son Joe and Mindy (Smith) Frenette of Willard-Mead Lake; brothers John and Patrica Bounds, of Schenectady, N.Y., and Ed and Patti Bounds, of Concord, N.C.; sister Mary and Jon Henriksen of Las Vegas, Nev.; nieces: Sandy and Bob Sponable of Schenectady, N.Y., Holley Frenette of Thorp, Amy Theisen of Las Vegas, Nev., Gina Frenette of Mondovi, Janine and Jason Pearce of Round Rock, Texas, Tina and Paul Narula of Las Vegas Nev., Jesica Becker of South Carolina, and Faith Bounds of North Carolina; nephew Ken Engle of North Carolina; and in-laws Joaini Frenette (Rick) Cornell of Corvallis, Mont., Jeff and Sara Frenette of Mondovi, and Dick Frenette of Thorp; and grand-nieces and grand-nephews.

To all my Facebook friends....looking forward to soul-booking you, it’s big out here!



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