Fran was born May 27, 1929 and passed to eternity July 14 2017. She was the devoted wife of James Zirkel (awaiting her heavenly arrival), sister to Nick (Karen) Baldarotta, mother of Karen and Mike (Gini), grandmother of Dustin and Noel and euchre partner to hundreds. A graduate of the Greenbush neighborhood and lifelong Madison resident, Fran also worked for the telephone company, Gimbles and Madison Meriter as a swithchboard operator. Fran had the gift of gab, and her many friendships flowed naturally. She enjoyed euchre, frequented the Middleton Senior Center and was a strong advocate for Ho Chunk Casinos. Always a generous and compassionate woman who liked a good joke but couldn’t tell one, she was loved and will be very dearly missed.
She is also survived by her sisters in law Genny (Bob) Zirkel and Dorothy Alverson, son in law Bob Schutta, along with countless nieces and nephews sprouting from the Baldarotta, Queram, Beale and Zirkel family trees. She was preceded in death by her sister Mary (Baldarotta) Queram, her brother in law, John Queram, her brother Anthony Baldarotta, and her sister in law Betty Baldarotta. She was blessed with many friends and very good and kind neighbors.
A celebration of her life and reunion of friends and family will take place on Friday, July 21,2017 at Our Lady Queen of Peace Church, 401 S. Owen Dr., Madison, WI. Visitation will be from 10am until 11:30am, Mass at 11:30am. Luncheon and Celebration of Life will follow the Memorial Mass.
Remember Fran, and when you do, remember that:
“There are many things you can’t be, but you can always be nice.