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Frances Rolando

April 1, 1927 ~ November 17, 2020 (age 93)


Frances Rolando

Age 93 of Coal City and formerly of Goose Lake, passed away Wednesday, November 17, 2020.

Born April 1, 1927 at the family home in Rockville Township, Kankakee County, Frances Eloise was a daughter of Arthur and Ina Pearl (Rice) Anderson. She was raised and educated in Ritchie before moving to Custer Park with her family. At the age of 16, Fran went to work at the paper mill in Wilmington during World War II. On November 15, 1946 she married Clarence Rolando in Morris, and together they made their home in Goose Lake. Clarence and Fran opened the Western Auto store of Coal City in 1960, which they owned and operated for the following thirty years. Today the business continues to be operated by the family as Rolando’s Furniture and Appliances.

Fran was an active member of Coal City United Methodist Church, and belonged to the Evening Star Circle. A woman of strong work ethic, Fran kept active until recent years maintaining her home and yard, as well as assisting in raising both her grandchildren and great grandchildren. In her free time she enjoyed working puzzles and took pleasure in wine tasting.

Survivors include her children: C. Donald (Deb) Rolando of Braidwood, and John (Sherry) Rolando and Cathy Smith, both of Coal City; four grandchildren: Craig Smith (Shelley Fieldman) of Dwight, Kelly Smith of Marion, Iowa, Lindsey Rolando (Chris) Baron of Riverview, Florida and Hannah Rolando of Coal City; six great grandchildren: Mackenzie and Zach Smith, Elijah Smith and Camden, Emma and Alex Baron, and brother-in-law and sisters-in-law, William (Dorothy) Rolando of Mazon, Ruby Green of Wilmington, Florence Mitchell of Morris and Shirley Rolando of Diamond, as well as numerous nieces and nephews.

Fran was preceded in death by her parents: Arthur Anderson and Pearl Cooper; step-father, Thomas Cooper, husband Clarence, sister, Marion Brown, and her son-in-law, Gene Smith.

The family will gather at Reeves Funeral Home in Coal City on Saturday, November 28, 2020 from 9:00 a.m. until the time of private services, 11:00 a.m. Reverend Brad Shumaker from Coal City United Methodist Church will officiate. Burial will follow in Oakwood Cemetery, Wilmington where Fran will be laid to rest with her late husband, Clarence.

Those wishing to participate in Fran’s services online are welcome to join the live-streamed service beginning at 11:00 a.m., Saturday morning, November 28, 2020 - by logging onto her memorial page.

Preferred memorials may be made as gifts in Fran’s memory to the Coal City United Methodist Church, 6805 East McArdle Road, Coal City, IL 60416

Family and friends are encouraged to sign the guest book, upload photographs and share Fran’s memorial page online through social media by logging onto:

Funeral services and arrangements have been made under the direction and care of Reeves Funeral Homes, Ltd. in Coal City. (815-634-2125)

To send flowers to Frances' family, please visit our floral store.


Private Interment

Oakwood Cemetery - Wilmington
700 Williams Street
Wilmington, IL 60481

Private Services

Reeves & Baskerville Funeral Homes
75 North Broadway
Coal City, IL 60416

Video is available for this event

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