Frances Jelen
Modell Funeral Home
7710 South Cass Avenue
Darien, IL
Jelen, Frances

Frances Jelen nee Kowalczyk, age 89. Beloved wife of the late Thaddeus "Ted". Loving mother of Nicolette (Ron Rhode) Jelen-Rhode, Mark (Patricia) Jelen, John (Karen Ryder-Jelen) Jelen and the late Ted (Marthe Chandler) Jelen. Cherished grandmother of Cori Rhode, Michael Oswald, Holly Oswald, Katie Campbell, Tim Ryder, Chris Chandler, and Bob Chandler. Dearest sister of the late JoAnne Fara and Berniece (late John) Cebulski. Frances was active til the end. Due to COVID19 a memorial service will be scheduled at a later date. Arrangements entrusted to Modell Funeral Home. 630-852-3595 or www.

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Published by Chicago Sun-Times on Sep. 12, 2021.
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Dear Nicolette and Family, So sorry to hear of the loss of your Mom, May she rest in peace with all the Angel's and Saint's, Sincerely RoseAnn Caligiuri
Rose Ann Caligiuri
September 25, 2021
Fran was a special lady who inspired me. She was so active at Lifetime and showed by her example to always keep moving. She knew I was raising my grandson and always wanted to know how he was doing. "How is the boy"? was how she greeted me in the pool. I will miss her! My condolences to her family.
Linda Dishman
September 12, 2021
So sad to learn of Frances' passing away. I will always remember her straightforward honesty, love of family, and friendship. May she rest in peace.
Dalia C Prusa
September 12, 2021
My heart goes out to Auntie Fran´s family. She will be greatly missed by all. I´ve always enjoyed our phone conversations in the last few years. Whenever I think of Auntie Fran, from the first time I met her is one word "Grace". If I can have 1/8" of the Grace she possessed I would feel blessed. Not to mention any gift you received from her & Uncle Ted would be exceptional. I treasure the crystal Rose pin they gave me for my birthday. Auntie Fran will be in my thoughts and prayers. I am sending my love out to all who were blessed to know her and be loved by her. Thank you Auntie Fran, it was a distinct pleasure to be part of your family.
Rose Kulak
September 11, 2021
Auntie Fran was a wonderful aunt, kind, caring and like a 2nd mom to me. She would always listen to whatever I had to tell her, and she had no problem telling me when I was wrong & to stop doing something. I enjoyed my visits with her and Uncle Ted, my godfather. We went to the Sox games and had a ball. I was glad we had the opportunity to take Auntie Fran to lunch with my wife, Rose and our granddaughters Riley & Abby. She will be greatly missed. May God bless her always. My prayers to her family, children and grandchildren. She will always be in my heart.
Bob Kulak
September 11, 2021
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