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Frances Audrey Mary Roloff nee Carmody
4-27-1933 – 6-4-2014
On June 4, 2014, the world lost a treasure. Frances Roloff (Carmody) passed peacefully from this life after a brief illness with her family surrounding her at Appleton Medical Center.
Frances was the youngest in her family, born to William and Audrey (Howard) Carmody at home, in the town of Hortonia, on the farm. She was preceded in death by all of her siblings, Alice, Leo, Howard, Rhoda Lemanski and Betty Peterson, three infant sons, one pre born granddaughter and a teenage daughter Cheryl Ann Swiney. She is survived by and will be deeply missed by her sons, James (Marilyn) Swiney, Tom (Percy) Swiney; her daughter, Christine (Joe) Geniesse. Fifteen grandchildren include: LaQuala (Kevin) Smith, Troy and Stacey, Andrea (Ross) McCullion, Sondra (Scott) Norder, Nicole Swiney and (Josh Roche), Benjamin, Bridget, Hannah, Joey, Erin, Marty, Patrick, Sam, and MaryClaire Geniesse; 6 great-grandchildren: Tijuana, Devante, Keyari, Charlie, Katelyn and Brady, as well as countless nieces, nephews and friends. Her longtime friends, Shirley, Dorothy, and Rose will miss their long conversations solving the world’s problems with her!
Through her own sufferings Frances persevered to be a woman of kindness, compassion, tolerance and humor. She was a brilliant scholar, educator, caregiver, and counselor. Her heart and mind were always open to learning. Reading was her passion. She taught us to ask questions, solve problems, and welcome strangers. She was a fierce advocate for the right to life of all, from womb to tomb, and a devoted Catholic who immersed herself in the study and practice of her faith. Her devotion to the Lord, His Blessed Mother and the Rosary were unparalleled. Frances was an accomplished writer and editorialist who used her talent to share her passion and convictions with others through the newspapers. She also wrote wonderful stories for her children and grandchildren which we cherish. She was the queen of greeting cards and never missed a birthday or anniversary. Her Irish wit and selfless acts of kindness and compassion will be sorely missed by all who knew her. Frances took pride in donating family artifacts to the local museum. We consider her a National Treasure and hold her memory deep in our hearts with love and gratitude.
Our Family wishes to express sincere thanks for the compassion and support of Sister Delores Wisnicky, of St Paul Elder Services, Father Joseph for his anointing, AMC’s Hospice staff, Dr. Thiel and a special nurse Nicole who showed great care and compassion for Frances. Frances wanted to donate her body to the UWMadison medical school and although she was not found eligible, even in death she wanted to contribute to education! A Mass of Christian Burial will be Celebrated at Father Carrs Place2b by Bishop Robert Morneau in the Chapel, 1062 N. Koeller St. Oshkosh Wis. 54902, 10:30 a.m., Saturday, June 14, 2014. Visitation will be at 9 a.m. with The Rosary and Mass followed by a lunch celebration of her life. Cline Hanson, New London is assisting the family with her final arrangements. A memorial will be established in her memory for the local food bank.