Passed away peacefully in her sleep on February 7. 2013. She was born on December 24, 1925 to Bessie and Frederick Wesenberg and grew up in Burlingame, California with her two sisters, Pauline and May, and brother, Corbet. Frances graduated from Burlingame High School in 1943, College of San Mateo in 1948 and San Francisco State University in 1950. She received her teaching credential from the University of Pacific in 1959, and Librarian credential from the University of California in Berkeley in 1972. In 1957 she married Johannes L. Joos, whom she had met in a Biological Science class. He preceded her in death in 1987. Frances and her husband loved to study nature and spent many summers discovering the outdoors of North America. For nine years, Frances taught fourth to six graders in the Lodi and Stockton school districts. After moving to Santa Rosa in 1969, she volunteered as librarian at Yulupa Elementary School, and then she worked for the Bennett Valley School District from 1979 until she retired in 1990. Frances was a great supporter of the Audubon Society, the Sierra Club, fine arts museums and many other organizations. All of her intellectual and charitable pursuits are almost more than can be contained in one lifetime. Her inquisitive mind enriched the lives of all who have known her. She will be greatly missed. Special thanks go to the compassionate caregivers of Home Health Care, Inc. and Memorial Hospice of Santa Rosa for the excellent care during the last few weeks of Frances' life. According to her wishes, no formal services will be held, and her ashes will be buried together with her husband's at the Sacramento Valley National Cemetery. Donations in her honor may be given to Memorial Hospice Santa Rosa, 821 Mendocino Avenue, Santa Rosa, California 95401 or
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Published Online in the Press Democrat from Feb. 24 to Feb. 25, 2013