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Mary R. Frese

November 7, 1920 - September 5, 2015

Mary R. Frese, 94, died at 11:11am on Saturday September 5, 2015 at St. John’s Hospice in Springfield. She was born November 7, 1920 in Quincy to Frank Francis and Amanda Kerker Monckton. She married Robert A. Frese in 1942 and he preceded her in death in 2002.

Surviving are her two daughters, Barbara (Jack Touhey) Frese of Crest Hill and Donna (Jim) Kirby of Mechanicsburg; two sons, David (Linda) Frese of Chillicothe and Bruce Frese of Springfield; nine grandchildren; 11 great grandchildren; two sisters, Betty VanSchoelandt of Overland Park , KS and Jean Andrew of New Smyrna Beach, FL, and several nieces, nephews, and cousins.

She was preceded in death by her husband, parents, brother, Robert Monckton and three sisters, Rita Kuhlman, Doris Wavering, and Vera McGowan.

Mary was employed as a hair stylist at Roland’s for many years and assisted her husband in his home improvement business.

Mary was a member of the Little Flower Guild and the Little Flower Eucharistic Adoration group. She loved to go fishing, cook, and was an avid reader. Mary also enjoyed spending time with her family. Everyone referred to her as “Aunt Mary”, whether related or not. She was a beautiful soul who was loved by all who met her.

Visitation: 4-7 pm Tuesday, September 8, 2015 at Staab Funeral Home with a prayer service at 4 pm.

Funeral Mass: 10 am Wednesday, September 9, 2015 at Little Flower Church in Springfield with Father John Nolan officiating. Burial will follow at Calvary Cemetery.

Memorials may be made to Little Flower School.

Visitation Information

Date: Tuesday, September 8, 2015

Time: 04:00 pm - 07:00 pm

Staab Funeral Home - Springfield


1109 South Fifth Street
Springfield, Illinois 62703

217-528-6461 Map

Service Information

Date: Wednesday, September 9, 2015

Time: 10:00 am

Church of the Little Flower


800 Adlai Stevenson Drive
Springfield, IL 62703

217 529-1606 Map

Memorial Information

Memorials may be made to Little Flower School.

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