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WARREN--Fran, died on her 87th Birthday March 4, 2013. Fran's career spanned over 50 years as a Big Band Singer and Actress, performing with Orchestra leaders - Eckstine, Barnet, Thornhill, James and trumpeter Joe Cabot. Receiving a Gold Record for her signature tune "A Sunday Kind Of Love" (written for her). She appeared on TV variety shows and had title roles on Broadway "Pajama Game" "Guys and Dolls" and "Mame". Fran enjoyed involvement in the Friars Club, Society of Singers and the Copa-Girls. Fran is pre-deceased by her husband Woody Witt, daughter Jody Steinman-Ellentuck and is survived by her beloved daughter Athena (Tina) Witt, son-in-law Larry Grunfeld and two nieces, Audrey, Debbie.

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Published in New York Times on Mar. 10, 2013.
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March 6, 2020
I would like to offer my condolences to the family and friends of Fran Warren she had a beautiful voice she will sorely be missed may the God of tender mercies grant her peace
September 22, 2019
God is a God of all Comfort and he will Comfort the Family's...My heartfelt sympathy
May 19, 2017
Sunday Kind of Love is a classic song!
Nazarene Mckinney
November 12, 2016
Valenda Newell
August 5, 2015
The So very belated, but I bet Tina Witt will remember me from 1970-71 and Phoenix, AZ when Woody managed WALDROP & Rountree. Such fond memories and I was in awe of Fran.
Mark Waldrop
June 29, 2014
your zest for living was an inspiration.
I feel so blessed to have known you.

Roseanne Kirk
March 6, 2014
Miss you like crazy
Audrey Wolfe
March 5, 2014
Audrey, Fran, Debbie- We miss you Aunt Fran
Audrey Wolfe
March 5, 2014
I can't believe it's a year and missing her has not diminished a drop.
Stuart & Sharon
March 4, 2014
Thank you for sharing a part of your life with us.
Harry Simpson
August 19, 2013
a wonderful singer from the big band era is gone but will never be forgotten, a sunday kind of love is one of my favorite songs from this great era. what a great choir we will have in heaven now that another great singer has joined the choir. may god bless your family during this sad time. rest in peace fran
victor checketts
July 10, 2013
She was a beautiful singer - had a huge impression on me . I think Sunday Kind of Love is a truly meaningful ballad that will live on forever and ever,
Jim Roach
May 1, 2013
The family and friends of Mrs Warren have my deepest sympathy for there loss. Sunday kind of love I loved. Different artist remade that recording and did very well with the song because it was so beautiful. May she sleep in peace.
March 29, 2013
Sorry to hear my cousin is gone. Saw her perform wonderfully in the Village in the early 90s. I remember Maxie and her death reminds me of Artie who made me laugh till my sides hurt.
Jeff Katz
March 24, 2013
so sorry for the loss,please let God Almighty comfort you at this time.Know that He is willing to come to your aid,seek his kindness.....~
March 23, 2013
I saw Fran perform twice on a tour of the US with Alvino Rey and the King Sisters, during the 1980s. She was dynamite--a great presence on the stage.
Will Anderson
March 22, 2013
So sorry for the families & friends loss,my god bring you comfort and peace. we're praying for the family
Christina Duncan
March 21, 2013
What a voice. Soon those we have lost shall live again.
March 21, 2013
What a beautiful lady!!! Thank you for sharing what God shared with you.
John Moore
March 21, 2013
With deepest sympathy to the Warren family during your time of grief...God is for you a refuge and strength, A help that is there to be found during difficult times...May God provide you with peace and comfort to endure the days ahead.
March 21, 2013
I am so sorry to learn of Ms Warren's passing. A Sunday Kind of Love is such a beautiful song. My thouhts and prayers are with Ms Warren's family and friends.
Linda Jackson
March 21, 2013
I remember my Mother singing "Sunday Kind of Love" when I was growing up. She loved Mrs. Warren's music and I did too. Sorry for your loss.
March 21, 2013
Condolences to family and friends sorry to hear of your loss.Eccl.9:11.
March 20, 2013
One of my favorite singers of all time. Sorry I never got to see her with Claude Thornhill. The complete FRAN WARREN CD has all her great hits and play it often. Condolence's to her family.
Gifford Holt
March 20, 2013
Romans 15:33
March 20, 2013
Fran Warren--one of the reasons they call it the "gold age of American popular song."
"A Sunday Kind of Love" with Claude Thornhill's band... it doesn't get any better than that!
RIP, Fran.
Neal Murray
March 20, 2013
So sorry to hear about the death of this talented person. Your family is in my thoughts and prayers.
March 20, 2013
To the family of Fran Warren, I am so sorry for your recent loss. I hope that your family can find some comfort at Philemon 15, in your time of grief.
Toni Works
March 20, 2013
Godspeed Frannie!! Thank You for Your Music,Your Love and the Laughter!!! Love and Blessings To You and Yours Always!!!
Rev Diana Presley
March 20, 2013
I love that song and still play it.RIP.
Pauline Batiste Talley
March 20, 2013
I remember you singing so much when I was younger. I am 71 now, and my mother loved your music. She passed in 2010 at the age of 92...May you sing in Heaven for God and all of his Angels. A fan, Sandra Slater, Louisville Ky
March 20, 2013
May the God of all comfort be with you during this difficult time in your life. We all yearn for better conditions. It is refreshing to know that God's word speaks of a time when all sorrows will be gone and that mankind will live in beautiful surroundings with nothing to fear.-Isaiah 65:17,21-24.
Lynn Harmon
March 20, 2013
I love the lyrics to "I Said My Pajamas (and Put On My Prayers)." Rest in Peace.
Greg Peters
March 20, 2013
I'll always remember the tune "For Heavens Sake" when I danced with my only love! Love forever.
sal bono
March 20, 2013
Rest in Peace
Scott Chamberland
March 20, 2013
Ms. Warren lived a long, full life. May we, too, make the most of our lives before the "calamitous days" of old age come:
"Before the sun and the light and the moon and the stars grow dark...(Bad vision) in the days when the keepers of the house tremble (Trembling hands) and the men of vital energy have bent themselves (Unstable knees), and the grinding women have quit working because they have become few (Missing teeth) and the ladies seeing at the window have found it dark (Poor eyesight) and the doors onto the street have been closed (Difficulty walking), when the sound of the grinding mill becomes low (Hard of hearing), and one gets up at the sound of a bird (Trouble sleeping), and all the daughters of song sound low (Hard of hearing). Also they have become afraid merely at what is high (Difficulty climbing) and there are terrors in the way (Obstacles, difficult mobility)...because man is walking to his long-lasting house (The grave) and the wailers have marched around in the street. (Funeral procession)." Ecclesiastes 12:1-7

So, how should we live before the days of old age come? "Remember, NOW, your Grand Creator in the days of your young manhood, before the calamitous days proceed to come." Ecclesiastes 12:1
March 20, 2013
May you find comfort in the promise at job 33:25 when Fran will return to the days of her youthful vigor and sing for all to hear again.
l eng
March 20, 2013
My sincere condolence for the loss of Fran your dear loved one. May your fond thoughts of her bring good memories. Peace and love to your family and friends, and to the spirit that you all show.
B Lucas
March 20, 2013
Fran Warren had a beautiful smile and was a lovely lady,to her family, keep that smile in your minds and hearts and let God be your comforter.
Betty Fowler
March 20, 2013
Thank you for your gift of music ~ God bless you and your loved ones. Rest in peace.
March 20, 2013
Thank you for the beautiful music.
March 20, 2013
I'm sorry for your loss . May the God of comfort be with you and your family during your time of grief. My prayers go out to you and your family.
Anna hendon
March 20, 2013
Grief can be so hard, but our special memories help us cope. Remembering you and your loved one today and always.
March 20, 2013
Thanks for the music.
March 20, 2013
Condolences to the family.
March 20, 2013
May her family know that millions enjoyed Fran's singing and will long remember her...condolences to the family.
March 20, 2013
Warren Family, Please except my condolences for your loss. Miss Warren was loved. Her songs are loved by many.Please find comfort in the true God who who can give us comfort if we draw close to him.[James 4:8]
March 20, 2013
I was blessed to have been brought up in a loving home with either the radio or the record player on. I am now 68 years old and still enjoy the big band music. Ms. Warren was a talented actress as well as having a beautiful voice. My prayers and thoughts are with Ms. Warren's family and loved ones.
March 20, 2013
michelle plakas-kaiser
March 20, 2013
My sincere condolences to the family. We will miss the person and the music (Ps. 35:18).
March 20, 2013
Tina , Sorry to hear about your loss. Fran was a great woman and I'll never forget some of the great stories she had to tell. Her songs will live on in history. Mike Squires
March 20, 2013
Thank you for sharing your talent. Godspeed Fran.
Sheila Smith
March 19, 2013
March 19, 2013
Spiritual place
sentiments to Fran Warren~
Broadway song of written music
BIGBAND ICON legends ~*~
Leaves a empty DanceFloor
Remembering the stories
said from my own-kin folk
of time past from the years'
family & Friends Dress
with a wonderful style
to model Dress with the
charm of a zootsuit fit
and tiewear shoes
Thank you Fran
say Hello
to those others spirits
inside the other light
Victoria&Andrew VZj
March 19, 2013
I am simply a fan. What a suprememe talent she has been for so many years. I offer my heaartfelt sympathy to her family and friends. May God bless you and comfort you. She will be cherished .
Garry Smith
March 13, 2013
A classy lady from a classy time, both are to be truly missed.
Tom Cloran
March 13, 2013
Fran Warren
March 13, 2013
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March 13, 2013
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March 12, 2013
Mal Cross
March 12, 2013
Will Jordan
March 12, 2013
A beautiful elegant lady of personality and talent. She made the world a better place and will be greatly missed.
LUVNHUGS to Fran and her family.
Jane Anderson
March 12, 2013
One of the very best. And why no coverage in the local media? She'll be missed.
Herb Stark
March 11, 2013
Fran Warren - The Best Lady, Miss Ya Mom
March 10, 2013
March 10, 2013
Fran is on the left
March 10, 2013
I'll miss our fun times together, her smile, great stories and her songs sung as if she was singing just for us.
Debbie Wolfe Brynes
March 10, 2013
Will always remember Fran, the stories are not appropriate to write, but Tina and I will always laugh when we reminisce. Fran you were one of a kind
Candy Kimmel-Kantor
March 10, 2013
An amazing woman who blessed so many lives not only with her presence, but with her voice as well. She will be forever missed.
The Williams Family
March 10, 2013
"Sundays" will never be the same.
"Robert" bob P
March 10, 2013
The real deal, substance and passion to spare. She will always feel as if she is here, even while she is missed.
Stuart Shapiro
March 10, 2013
March 10, 2013
Fran Warren -
Fran Warren, A Hell of A Dame - She Made Magic when she sang.

A Big Lose, March 4, 2013, My Wonderful Mother, FRAN WARREN, We say Happy Birthday, Good Bye & Good Night, the day she was born & the day she passed @ 87 years later. She was a Big Band Era Singing Legend & With A Gold Record for "Sunday Kind of Love" (written for her) However, most importantly she was a Wonderful Woman & Mom. Her beautiful voice was only a glimpse into the amazing-ness that was Fran. I am blessed to have had her as a mom & to have known her as a friend, and she will live on in my heart and the hearts of those who loved her. Mom I Love & Miss You Already. Tina

Thank you All for the warm wishes & caring thoughts during the loss of Mom (Fran Warren). She is now Performing on the BIG STAGE in the sky & once again enjoying the company of her Loving Husband Woody, Beautiful Daughter Jody (Whom I miss both greatly) along with her parents & brothers. Rest in Peace you Wonderful Lady, you will be GREATLY missed & will always be in our hearts & minds. Love you Mom, Your Athena XOXO
Athena (Tina) Witt
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