Arnold Weaver Fran
1938 - 2013
Frances Marie Arnold Weaver, 75, of Kenosha, passed away peacefully at Wheaton Franciscan All Saints Medical Center on Friday, October 25, 2013.
Fran was born in Akron, Ohio on July 9, 1938, to the late Frank and Thelma (nee: Geary) Arnold. She graduated from St. Vincent High School in Akron, OH in 1956. With a full scholarship, Fran went on to graduate with honors in math and chemistry, from St. Marys of the Springs, now known as Ohio Dominican College, - Columbus, Ohio in 1960. Following, she was awarded a full chemistry scholarship at Ohio State University
. Fran was also selected as an alternate for the Fulbright Scholar Award in Australia.
On Dec. 30, 1961, in Columbus, Ohio at Our Lady of Peace Catholic Church, she was united in marriage with the love of her life, Edmund A. Weaver, Jr. Fran had a successful career in the marketing and publication industries, working in every form of media except newspaper. Just to name a fewshe was an editor for the renown Chemical Abstracts; managing editor for the Charles Merrill Publishing Co. (K 12 full science series); developer of the Hospital Manual for Infectious Diseases at Grant Hospital in Columbus, OH; developed APIC Medical Journal and the Urology Association Medical Journal; acting managing editor for Astronomy Magazine; assisted longtime friend, Jean Lorenzini in publishing the Medical Transcription Medical Phrase Index; employed as a medical transcriptionist at St. Marys/All Saints; founding board member of Racine Convention & Visitors Bureau where she went on to serve as Executive Director; and was the Executive Director of the Oshkosh Convention & Visitors Bureau, from where she retired in 2003.
With a profound Christian faith, Fran was a member of St. Raphael Catholic Church in Oshkosh and St. Lucy Catholic Church in Racine / and former member of Holy Name, now known as St. Richards. She was a proud member of Toastmasters International for over 35 years, where she served on its International Board of Directors, was the first woman elected as District Governor of District 35 Wisconsin and earned the status of Distinguished Toastmaster; served as President of the Wisconsin State Convention & Visitors Bureau; Past-President of Wisconsin Women Entrepreneurs and thoroughly enjoyed genealogy and researching her familys history. Above all, Fran loved and cherished being the surroundings of her entire family.
Surviving are her loving husband of nearly 52 years, Ed Weaver of Kenosha; son, Michael J. (Carolyn) Weaver of Chicago, Ill.; daughter, Kristen (Donald Jr.) Hyatt of Racine; granddaughters, Samantha and Alexandra Weaver; Bailey and Erin Hyatt; sisters-in-law and brothers-in-law, Madonna (Joe) Meeker, Theresa Westphal, Marion (Virginia) Weaver, Tom (Dolly) Weaver, Regina (Vonnice) Brinson and the late Karl (Antoinette Toni) Weaver; nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends too numerous to mention by name. In addition to her parents, Fran was preceded in death by Eds parents, Edmund and Emma (nee: Keller) Weaver, Sr.
A memorial celebration of Frans life will be held in the Draeger-Langendorf Funeral Home on Saturday, Nov. 2, 2013, at 2 p.m. Visitation will be in the funeral home on Saturday from 12 noon -2 p.m. In accordance with Frans wishes, cremation has taken place. In lieu of flowers, memorials to the American Diabetes Association or to the Toastmasters International Ralph C. Smedley Memorial Fund have been suggested.
Draeger-Langendorf Funeral Home and Crematory
4600 County Line Rd.
(corner of KR & 22nd Avenue)