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FRANCES VIOLA SANDKAM

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Frances Viola Sandkam of Barrington Frances Viola Sandkam (nee Penne), 87, passed away at home Sept. 15, 2010. She was born Frances Viola Penne in St. Joseph, Mo., April 24, 1923, the first child of J Glenn and Elva (nee Ogden) Penne. Her family moved to Brookfield, Ill., where Frances was raised along with her brothers and sisters, Michael, Myrtle Kessel, Ruth Hupp, William, Elberta Buchholz and the late Harold. Frances graduated from Riverside Brookfield High School in 1941. She was the loving wife of the late Robert H Sandkam of Oak Park, whom she married June 20, 1942. They resided in Chicago's west and northwest suburbs except during the mid-1960s, when they lived in Bon Air, Va. They raised six children, Bruce of Charles City, Va., Aleta (Ronald) Blue of Severna Park, Md., Gregory (Ellen) of Wauconda, Jeffrey (Tracy) of St. Charles, Marla (David) Thoma of Barrington and the late Robert C. Sandkam. She was the proud grandmother of 11; and great grandmother of nine. Frances' greatest joy was the care and development of young children. She embraced the Montessori teaching methods and provided pre-school child care in her home for many years. In 1985 she co-founded Creative Care Children's Center in Barrington with her daughter, Marla. In 1987, she earned an associate's degree in Childhood Education from Harper Community College. In recent years Frances suffered declining health and was beset by dementia but she remained spirited, declaring in her last months that she intended to return to school to become a teacher. Visitation is 3 to 8 p.m. Friday, at Davenport Family Funeral Home, 149 W. Main St. (Lake-Cook Road), Barrington, where a farewell gathering will be held on Saturday at 10 a.m. Interment will follow at Chapel Hill Gardens West Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the , 8430 W. Bryn Mawr, Suite 800, Chicago, IL 60631. For information, 847-381-3411 or to place an online condolence visit www.davenportfamily.com.

Published in Chicago Suburban Daily Herald from Sept. 16 to Sept. 17, 2010
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