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Frances E. Stoll

November 14, 1924 July 26, 2019
Frances E. Stoll
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Frances Eva Stoll (nee Lindzburg) of South Lyon passed away on July 26, 2019, at the age of 94.
Born in Hamtramck on Nov. 14, 1924, Fran grew up on the southwest side of Detroit above a candy store operated by her mother, Mary Lindzburg. Later on, Mary and her second husband, Walter “Grant” Grakauskas, turned the candy store into a neighborhood bar called Grant’s Bar. During Prohibition, the Grakauskas family — which now included Grant Jr. — was tipped off that police were conducting alcohol raids in the area, so they hid the beer they manufactured in Fran’s upstairs bedroom.
After graduating from Detroit’s Southwestern High School in 1942, Fran attended Michigan State College (now Michigan State University), where she lived at Williams Hall with her roommate, Frances Lehn. The two Frans would go on to become lifelong friends.
Following two years at State, Fran took a job as a secretary at Ford Motor Co. During that time, she enjoyed visiting and traveling with her cousin, Bernice Uzandenis, who lived in Chicago. One of their most memorable trips was to New York City, where they saw the sights and dined at Manhattan’s legendary Stork Club.
Fran met Norman Stoll, her future husband of 54 years, when he and the rest of his softball team came into Grant’s Bar — which sponsored the team — after a game.
Married on July 30, 1949, at All Saints Church in Detroit, Fran and Norm resided in Allen Park before buying a home in Garden City, where they lived for almost 30 years and raised two daughters, Sue and Patti. Fran loved dogs and her household included a succession of them, first Tippy, then Rusty, then Smokey. In later years, her great-granddogs Guinness and Stoli loved to sit on either side of her lap, vying for her attention, and would run to her for protection whenever they were being reprimanded.
After several years as a homemaker, Fran returned to the work world, becoming a retail associate first at Hudson’s in Westland and then at Jacobson’s in Dearborn, where she spent more than 15 years. The extra income she contributed to the family helped put her children through college at her alma mater, Michigan State. At Jacobson’s, Fran worked in the cosmetics department, where she became an expert in Clinique, Estee Lauder, Erno Laszlo, Alexandra De Markoff and other high-end products, and was quickly promoted to department manager. In her leisure time, Fran enjoyed going to plays at the Fisher Theater and concerts at Pine Knob with her coworkers and good friends Dorothy Nelson and Carolyn Evans. An avid Frank Sinatra fan, Fran saw him perform in Detroit during her bobbysoxer days and in Chicago in 1988, when he was touring with Dean Martin and Sammy Davis Jr.
Fran also loved spending as much time as possible up north, where her mother and stepfather had purchased a home on Hammel Beach, in Au Gres, during the ‘50s. She spent many happy hours watching the water of Lake Huron change from calm to rough to calm again, and listening to the waves crashing on the beach.
She also had a passion and talent for interior design, and frequently redecorated her home. Her children would often come home from school to find that the walls of the living room or one of the bedrooms were a different color than when they left in the morning, and that the furniture had been moved around. Fran also had a great fashion sense, and her daughters looked forward eagerly to her birthday and Christmas gifts.
As much as Fran enjoyed all of those things, her favorite thing to do was take care of her family. A devoted wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother, she was the epitome of the word “selfless,” and her family will miss her dearly. She was truly one of a kind.
Preceded in death by her husband, Norm, and her brother, Grant, Fran is survived by her daughters, Patti Stoll and Sue (John) Bliss; grandchildren, Melanie (Kevin) Buyse and Travis (Shannon) Bliss; and great-grandchildren, Talan Buyse and Olivia Bliss. She is also survived by a number of nieces and nephews.


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5:00 PM 7/29/2019 5:00:00 PM - 8:00 PM 7/29/2019 8:00:00 PM
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133 Orchard St.
Northville, Michigan 48167

Our Lady of Victory Catholic Church
133 Orchard St. Northville 48167 Michigan
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Our Lady of Victory Catholic Church

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Northville, Michigan 48167

Our Lady of Victory Catholic Church
133 Orchard St. Northville 48167 Michigan
United States

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