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Gainesville - Frances Mary Billowitch, age 95, passed away on Monday, May 12, 2014 at Woodlands Care Center of natural causes. Frances was born on September 23, 1918 in Allentown, PA to Louis Yost and Mary Breitfeller Yost.

America has lost yet another member of the Greatest Generation. Frances was a true Rosie the Riveter. During World War II she worked at Bethlehem Steel inspecting bullets for our American Troops.

After the war she married her G.I. Joe Pfc. Joseph Francis Billowitch. They moved to North Miami Beach, FL and raised a family a daughter Sunny Ann and a son Ronald Joseph. Frances spent her life as a homemaker and mother to her children.

When her parents became elderly Frances moved back to Allentown, PA to live with her parents and was their care giver and provider for many years until their deaths.

Nine years ago Frances's daughter Sunny moved her mother to Gainesville, FL so that she could care for her. The family would especially like to thank Dr. Sheriff El-Salawy and Dr. Joel Rich of Senior Health Care for their excellent medical care, the loving and caring staff at Woodlands Care Center, and the support from Hospice of North Central FL for the past months.

Frances was preceded in death by her parents Louis and Mary Yost, former husband Joseph Billowitch and her 3 sisters Helen, Virginia, and Evelyn.

Frances leaves to cherish her memory her devoted daughter and caregiver Sunny Ann Conn (husband Gale Warren Conn), loving son Ronald Joseph Bell (wife Wendy Bell), granddaughter Dr. Lindsay Killingsworth (husband Chris), grandson Scott Bell (wife Fiona), and 4 beautiful great granddaughters Evie, Catherine, Lily, and Celia. Also her beloved brother in law William Breitfeller, 3 nieces and 1 nephew.

There will be a visitation at WILLIAMS-THOMAS FUNERAL HOME DOWNTOWN, 404 North Main Street, on Saturday, June 28, 2014 from 2:00PM to 4:30PM.

Burial will be private at a later date in Allentown, PA.




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Published in Gainesville Sun from June 22 to June 23, 2014
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