Frances J. Brown


MENDOTA - Frances J. Brown, 93, of Mendota, formerly of Peoria, passed away May 6, 2021 with her daughter by her side at Heritage Health Mendota.

Cremation rites have been accorded and a private family graveside service will take place at Swan Lake Memory Gardens in Peoria with Rev. Ryan Anderson officiating. Wasmer Funeral Home is privileged to assist the family.

Fran was born Oct. 16, 1927 in Peoria to Radi and Betty (Ebert) Russeff. She married Robert L. Brown on Feb. 9, 1947. He preceded her in death in 2011.

She will be greatly missed by her daughter, Leann (Neal) O’Brien of Mendota; son, Steven (Peggy) Brown of Fond du Lac, Wis.; two grandsons, Clint (Stacie) O’Brien and Lucas (Dr. Maritza Estrada) O’Brien, both of Mendota; one great-granddaughter, Amelia Brown; three sisters, Betty Davis of Peoria, Phyl Beebe of Aurora and Char Williamson of Dunlap; one granddaughter-in-law, Johanna Christiansen of Peoria; and many nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband; an infant daughter, Sheri Lynn; and one grandson, Cory Brown.

Fran graduated from Peoria High School in 1945. She was a faithful member of First English Lutheran Church of Peoria.

Memorials may be directed to Mendota Area Senior Services (M.A.S.S.) or St. Jude Children’s Research.