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Frances Strobel

October 28, 1940 — November 12, 2020

Frances Strobel

Frances Ruth Strobel

Age 80 of Wilmington, passed away Thursday, November 12, 2020 at Riverside Medical Center in Kankakee.

Born October 28, 1940 in South Amboy, New Jersey, Frances was a daughter of William Edward and Ruth Ann (nee Conner) Klegman. She was raised and educated in Coal City and graduated Coal City High School with the Class of 1958. On November 12, 1960, Frances married Douglas Strobel in Coal City. She was a member of St. Rose of Lima Catholic Church in Wilmington and was active with the County Line Kickers, line dancing group. Frances was a former board member of the Wilmington Public Library and remained a longtime supporter of the library. After high school, she was employed at the Joliet Arsenal and later in life enjoyed working with her sister, Peggy at Western World Racing Hut. She was accomplished at crocheting and enjoyed sharing her work with family and friends. She enjoyed playing tennis, gardening, cooking, and was dedicated to sending birthday cards and cards of celebration to those she knew and loved.

Survivors include her husband, Doug; three children: Reverend Scott (Reneé) Strobel of Lockport, NY, Sandra (Ron) Van Epps of Northfield, IL, and Amy (Patrick) Burke of Macomb, IL; eleven grandchildren: Douglas (Holly) Strobel, Michael (Ashalea) Strobel, Timothy (fiancé Hope) Strobel, Wesley (Anja) Strobel, Jacob Strobel, Annika Strobel, Kaitlyn Strobel, Krista (fiancé Alex Bloom) Van Epps, Zachary Van Epps, Joseph Burke, and Edward Burke; three great-grandchildren: Clayton, Kira, and Nathanael; two sisters: Patricia (Ron) Fox and Kimberly (Dave) Brown; one brother, James Klegman and three sisters-in-law: Debbie Klegman, Ilene Klegman, and Sheri Friddle, as well as numerous nieces and nephews.

Frances was preceded in death by her parents; three brothers: Donald (Carol) Klegman, Thomas Klegman, and William “Jersey” Klegman and two sisters: Cathy Broderick and Margaret “Peggy” Ragain.

Per Fran’s wishes cremation rites were accorded.

The family will receive friends for a graveside service for both Fran and Doug on Friday, June 25, 2021 at 11:00 a.m. in Mount Olivet Cemetery, 36000 Cemetery Road in Braidwood. Fran and Doug's son, Rev. Scott Strobel will officiate.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made in Frances' memory to Kuzma Care Cottage, Our Caring Closet, or to the Wilmington Fire Department.

Family and friends are encouraged to sign the online guest book, upload photographs, and share Frances’ memorial page by logging onto:

Cremation services and arrangements have been made under the direction and care of Baskerville Funeral Home in Wilmington. ( 815-476-2181 )

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