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Frances Paaren

September 11, 1925 — December 21, 2019

Frances Paaren

Frances L. Paaren

(nee Brown)

Age 94 of Coal City, passed away unexpectedly Saturday, December 21, 2019 at her home.

Born September 11, 1925 in Waukegan, Illinois, Frances Lorraine was a daughter of Tallie C. and Alice (nee McGrath) Brown. Frances worked as a nurses aid before gaining employment with Giesche Shoes in Downers Grove. She later earned her real estate license and went on to be the owner/broker of Paaren Real Estate. Being a mother of eight, Frances’ family was always her foremost priority. She attended Clarendon Hills Christian Church for many years, and after moving to Goose Lake, in addition to just spending time on the lake, Frances served as Past President of the Goose Lake Board.

Survivors include five children: Brent ( Phyllis) Centers of Michigan, Gail Parson of Oregon, Bruce Centers of Michigan, and Carol Gleason and Brian Centers, both of Westmont; ten grandchildren: Stephanie Byrd, Stacey Walters, Heather Norgard, Kelly Parson, Jessica Nickle, Jason Centers, Dale Burk, Matt Gleason, Steve Blackstone, and Doug Blackstone; as well as numerous great grandchildren.

Frances was preceded in death by her husbands: Bert Centers and Vernon Paaren; three children: Bert and Bret Centers, and Lynne DiLorenzo; two grandchildren: Jay Blackstone and Joseph DiLorenzo; and two brothers: Tallie "T.C." Brown and Ray Brown.

Per the family's wishes, cremation rites have been accorded, and will receive friends for a memorial visitation on Saturday December 28, 2019 at Reeves Funeral Home, 75 North Broadway Street, in Coal City from 10:00 a.m. until time of memorial service, 11:00 a.m.

Interment will be held at a later date at Abraham Lincoln National Cemetery in Elwood, where Frances will be laid to rest with her husband, Vernon.

Family and friends may sign the online guest book, upload photographs, or share Frances' memorial page by logging onto:

Cremation services and memorial arrangements have been made under the direction and care of Reeves Funeral Homes, Ltd. in Coal City (815) 634-2125.

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