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Regan, Frances Harriet Kimball Went to meet God and be reunited with members of her family and countless friends on June 17, 2013. She was born in Chicago to Raymond and Loretta Kimball and was the youngest of three sisters, Eleanor (John) Kehoe and Sr. Jeanette Kimball RSCJ. While she lived in other places, she loved Chicago; so much so that she had stationary printed that proclaimed: "Once you leave Chicago you ain't going nowhere." Married to Lewis B. Regan, Frances was the devoted mother of Janet, Ed (Heidi), Julia (Andrew) Gaskill, Lucia (Joyce Schwensen), Michael (Jean) and Kate; doting grandmother to the Klich children, John (Kelly), Kevin, Christopher (Holly), and Joseph (Ashli), the Regan children, Dana, Kelley, Patrick and Joseph, the Gaskill children, Alan and Lauren, and the Regan-Schwensen children, Jeanette and Betty and beloved great-grandmother of three; she was the fond aunt of many. Nicknamed "Doodle Bug" as a child, because of her zest for life, Frances expressed her love for her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren in a passionate and unconditional manner. She never tired of reminding her family how she felt and believed in us and the words "I love you!" were uttered more times than we can remember; in fact, we're pretty sure we stopped counting after it exceeded one million times. Frances understood the importance of education. She loved her time at Sacred Heart Pine Grove Academy, Barat College, and the University of Chicago, and she completed graduate studies in psychiatric social work at the University of Chicago during World War II. This was a significant accomplishment at the time as it was a new field that paved the way for Social Workers. After her children were raised, she returned to the University of Texas to get her Masters' in Education. During her time in Chicago she also was a teacher in the Chicago Public Schools and worked with children with reading issues. As a third order Dominican, Frances also extolled the values and virtues of serving others. Wherever she went, she had kind words and a gentle spirit for others, and was always looking for the good in people. There are numerous stories about how Frances could overlook a person's shortcomings and focus on their worth and value as one of God's Children. Overall, Frances was a beautiful woman who loved life, embraced people, and most importantly, was a woman with a deep and abiding faith in the Lord and St. Anthony. She left us very peacefully to experience the joy of being embraced by Jesus as she is reunited with her family and friends in Heaven. We look to the future with a renewed and deeper awareness that Heaven is all the richer and that our welcome there, whenever it comes, will be all the warmer as Frances greets us at the Gates standing right next to Jesus.
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Published in Chicago Sun-Times on June 23, 2013
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