Fran Downey

By From page A4 | February 13, 2014

Nov. 8, 1917 – Feb. 9, 2014

Fran Downey, loving mother, grandmother, great-grandmother and great-great-grandmother, passed away Sunday, Feb. 9, 2014, at the home of her daughter and granddaughter in Salem, Ore.

She leaves behind her daughters, Pat (Dave) Marquez, Kathleen (Dave) Marianno, and Franni (Jerry) Cruse; grandchildren Patti (Dwight) Wells, Teresa (Scott) Roos, Bill Kittel, Maureen (Daryl) Hinnenberg, Teresa Cruse, Nicole (Jack) Mederios, Michael Cruse, and Gayle (Craig) Halminiak. Her surviving great-grandchildren include Lani (Michael) Ambeau; Bill (Chelsea) Kittel; Zach and Shawnee Driscoll; Dwight and Haili Wells; Dylan and Taylor Roos; Heath and Lance Mederios; and Samantha, Ryan, Ethan, Nick, Kaitlin, Danny, Brady, Kayla Cruse and Claire Halminiak. Her great-great-granddaughters include Kierra, Tinsley, Makayla and Kanai Ambeau. She also leaves behind her extended family Diane (Tom) Imhoff and sons Joseph, and Jonathan, Dave, (Crystal) Marianno, and sons Matt (Ashley), Owen, Eric (Brittney), Brad (Holly), and Scott (Kelli);  daughter Madeline.

Fran was a life member in the Veterans of Foreign Wars Auxiliary Simmons Sheldon Post 2333 for many years. She held many offices at the post and district level, serving as state president from 1983 to 1984. Fran was a member of the Daughters of the American Revolution, the Society of Military Widows and the Wednesday Club.

Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 13, 2014, with recitation of the rosary at 7 p.m. at Holy Spirit Church, 1050 N. Texas St., Fairfield. A Mass Christian Burial will take place at 10:30 a.m. Friday, Feb. 14, 2014, at Holy Spirit Church. Burial will follow the Mass at St. Alphonsus Cemetery, 1707 Union Ave., Fairfield.

She was preceded in death by her husband, William J. Downey, and her son-in-law, William R. Kittel Sr.

Arrangements under the care of Bryan-Braker Funeral Home, 1850 W. Texas St., Fairfield, CA 94533.

Nancy Green


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