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Official Obituary of

Frances Stanwood

November 21, 1943 ~ January 1, 2023 (age 79) 79 Years Old

Frances Stanwood Obituary

Frances Stanwood passed away peacefully on January 1st, 2023. She was 79 years old. She will be dearly missed by her family and they are grateful she is in a better place. Frances was born on November 21st, 1943 in Sioux City, IA., to Frank and Ella (Stanton) Gales.

She is survived by her loving husband Walter of 56 years; and her children Walter (Jeannine), John (Amy), Mark (Emily). Forever cherished and remembered by her 8 grandchildren, Charlie, Peter, Tess, Caroline, Bill, Cecelia, Charlotte, Jack, her sister Mary and 9 nieces and nephews. Preceded in death by her siblings Helen, Bill and Ann.

She was born and raised in Sioux City, IA., and attended Marycrest College in Davenport, IA graduating with a bachelor’s of science in nursing. Frances met Walter while at Marycrest. Eventually they settled in Woodstock, IL where they raised their three sons. While in Woodstock, Frances made numerous contributions to the community. She served as a volunteer school nurse and was a committee member of the Woodstock Park & Recreation Department. Nursing was her true passion. Frances worked at multiple hospitals in the Chicagoland area and taught nursing at a local college. Additionally, she served as a nurse at the McHenry Country Department of Health for 25 years, her last 17 as the Director of Nursing. While nursing was her passion, she was also co-owner / operator of Butler Auto Parts, the family business.

Family was paramount to Frances. Her favorite time of year was the holidays when she could host and be around the ones she loved most. Among her most beloved memories were summer family reunions.

A Visitation will be held at the Schneider Leucht Merwin & Cooney Funeral Home, 1211 N. Seminary Avenue, Woodstock IL on Friday, January 6, 2023 from 3:00 pm to 7:00 pm. The Visitation will continue on Saturday, January 7, 2023 at St. Mary Catholic Church, 312 Lincoln Avenue, Woodstock from 10:00 am until the 11:00 am Funeral Mass.

Interment Services will be private.



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January 6, 2023

3:00 PM to 7:00 PM
Schneider Leucht Merwin Cooney
1211 North Seminary Avenue / P.O. Box 22
Woodstock, IL 60098

January 7, 2023

10:00 AM to 11:00 AM
St. Mary Catholic Church
312 Lincoln Avenue
Woodstock, IL 60098

Funeral Mass
January 7, 2023

11:00 AM
St. Mary Catholic Church
312 Lincoln Avenue
Woodstock, IL 60098

Private Interment


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