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Frances Pappalardo Obituary

Frances A. Pappalardo
Frances A. Pappalardo

June 14, 1941 - November 30, 2017
Born in Chicago, IL
Resided in Glenview, Illinois
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Frances Pappalardo age 76, Loving sister of Vivian (David) Baldwin. Cherished aunt of Christopher (Paula) Baldwin, Cara (James) McCorquodale, and Anthony (Erica) Baldwin; great-aunt of Benjamin, Sophia, Julia, Grace, and Ewan. Cherished companion of Spike. Dear cousin, relative, and friend of many.

Visitation Tuesday, December 5 from 3:00-9:00 p.m. at Colonial-Wojciechowski Funeral Home, 8025 W. Golf Road in Niles. Funeral Wednesday, December 6 at 10:45 a.m. from the funeral home to Our Lady of Perpetual Help Church. Mass 11:30 a.m. Interment Private. In lieu of flowers, memorials appreciated to The American Heart and Stroke Association, 208 S LaSalle St Ste 1500, Chicago, IL 60604. Info 847-581-0536 or

June 14, 1941 - November 30, 2017

Frances Ann Pappalardo passed suddenly on November 30, 2017, predeceased by father Ross and mother Pauline. Fran will be missed by her sister Vivian Baldwin and her brother in law David Baldwin, nephew Christopher Baldwin (Paula), niece Cara McCorquodale (James) and nephew Anthony Baldwin (Erica). “The Greats” (Benjamin & Sophia Baldwin, and Julia, Grace & Ewan McCorquodale) always anticipated “Aunty Franty’s” annual Christmas visit to Calgary, Canada. Many other family members will miss her as well as friends, colleagues, neighbors and former students.

Fran attended Good Counsel High School and Mundelein College. After college graduation, Fran began her teaching career at Our Lady of Perpetual Help. During her years at this school, she found lifelong friends in both teachers and students. Fran enjoyed keeping up with news of her former students by attending annual class reunions and talking to their parents while shopping at Costco. Fran went on to work in insurance sales and finally in the clothing manufacturing business. Fran also enjoyed gardening, reading and the Glenview Public Library.

Fran lived in Glenview for many years and enjoyed attending all the village’s special functions. She especially enjoyed the 4th of July parade where she often brought a guest - either Ruffie or Spike, or a niece or nephew if they were visiting. Over the years, she could be seen driving one of her many convertibles - especially the 1969 brown Cutlass. Fran owned and mastered the operation of several computers. She recently bought an Apple computer for simplicity, but Fran still was able to challenge the Apple helpline specialists with her unique technical difficulties.

In 2002, Fran invited our mother Pauline to live with her after the death of our father Ross. Fran took this job on with enthusiasm, and made Pauline feel at home until she passed in 2012, even through the most difficult final years. Pauline never missed a pill or a doctor’s appointment while Fran was in charge.

Anyone who knew Fran knows that she loved all “critters”; but she had a special place in her heart for dogs. Fran will be greatly missed by her most devoted furry companion Spike who she rescued from a shelter. Over the past 60 years, Martini, Rufus, Ruffie & Spike were a very important part of Fran’s life.

Fran enjoyed playing and watching all sports (except figure skating). Spending the first 12 years of her life growing up on South Shields Avenue, blocks from old Comiskey, Fran became a fierce White Sox fan despite the peer pressure encountered in the North Suburbs. She cheered for the White Sox, the Bulls and the Bears, and celebrated many NBA Championships, Superbowl and World Series wins (even celebrated Cubs victory in 2016). She went to many hockey and Little League games in Glenview and in Canada. Fran enjoyed going to football games and greatly enjoyed attending her last Bears game with Cara & Paula on November 19, 2017.

Fran had many wonderful adventures from touring Europe to parachuting from an airplane. I was lucky enough to share some adventures with her - trips to the Bahamas, Las Vegas and Arizona. Our 2013 family trip to Hawaii and when the entire family gathered in Cancun, Mexico for Anthony & Erica’s wedding were highlights for Fran. Fran is well-known in many states & provinces as “Aunt Fran” by friends of her nieces & nephews. As a family we celebrated high school and university graduations, Chris & Paula’s wedding, Cara & James’ wedding, birthdays, Christmas, and many other occasions with Fran.

Fran had a close circle of dear friends in Glenview, too many to mention all by name. However, Denise and Sister Joan always went above and beyond simple friendship. Sometimes they were asked to entertain Pauline with a trip to the casino, or asked to dog-sit Ruffie or Spike during Fran’s Christmas trips to Calgary. The Baldwin family took great comfort knowing that either Denise or Sister Joan were a phone call away and would be there for Fran if needed (even if just for a gin and tonic).

Fran enjoyed spending special holidays with cousins Vivian DiTommaso and Joann Dadanno and their beautiful families, cousins Karen and Franny Fishella, Barb and Cher Converso.

Although our family numbers are dwindling, the ties remain strong.

Donations can be made to the Heart & Stroke Foundation in lieu of flowers.

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Colonial - Wojciechowski Funeral Home of Niles
8025 W. Golf Road
Niles, IL US 60714
Tuesday, December 5, 2017
3:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Funeral Mass
Our Lady of Perpetual Help Church
1775 Grove Street
Glenview, IL US 60025
Wednesday, December 6, 2017
11:30 AM