Frances Anne (nee Knaus) Jungblut, age 92, of The Villages, Florida; formerly of Wheaton

Written by Brust Funeral Home on August 27th, 2020

Frances Anne (nee Knaus) Jungblut, of the Villages Florida , passed away August 21, 2020. Born September 5, 1927 Cleveland, Ohio.

Devoted wife of the late Joseph A. Jungblut (Wheaton, Il) for 63 years, loving mother of Joseph A. Jungblut Jr. (Maureen) (Kentland, In), the late Janice Fitzgerald (John D.) (Lisle, IL), the late Mark B. Jungblut (Wheaton, Il), Matthew P. Jungblut (Dr. Robin) (Lombard, IL), Peter D. Jungblut (Elaine) (The Villages, Florida), Andrew T. Jungblut (Linette) (Lombard, IL).

Her parents, Frank J. Knaus and Antoinette M. Retzer were emigrants from the former Austria/Serbia area of Europe.

Fran and her mother moved to Chicago, Illinois, where she attended St. Mary’s of the Lake Grammar School and St. Gregory the Great High School. While in high school, she met her future husband, Joseph A. Jungblut. Fran and Joe were married shortly after he returned from serving in the Army during World War II.

The couple made their first home in the Edgewater neighborhood of Chicago, where they welcomed three children into the world: Joseph, Jr., Janice and Mark. After deciding to leave the city in the mid 1950’s, they moved to the suburb of Wheaton where they welcomed three more children: Matthew, Peter and Andrew. Members of St. Michael’s and later St. Mark’s in Wheaton. They remained rooted in Wheaton until 2011.

While raising the children, Fran was a homemaker as well as an active member of the DuPage Art League. She won several art awards in both ceramics and quilting. Her most notable award was for a ceramic cake that she made for the American bicentennial celebration in 1976. She was an avid bridge player and enjoyed playing trivia – especially the home version of Jeopardy.

Fran nurtured the love of travel at an early age while touring the United States with her father – seeing such sights as the Grand Canyon and Mount Rushmore and attending the 1939 World’s Fair. After Joe’s retirement, Fran and Joe had the opportunity to travel extensively. They enjoyed several cruises and brought back memories of the places they had visited, such as the Panama Canal, Alaska, Italy, and Greece.

In 2011, a couple of years after Joe’s passing, Fran decided to move to The Villages, Florida. While living there, she continued her artistic pursuits by learning to paint watercolors. She took private lessons as well as group classes to improve her techniques, and was involved in several art shows and exhibitions. She continued to play bridge, but added Bunco and Samba to her list of enjoyments. She also took great pleasure in attending social get-togethers with her friends and neighbors in the Village of Buttonwood Heights.

Fran is survived by four children, twelve grandchildren, and thirteen great-grandchildren.

In lieu of flowers donations, memorials may be made to Cornerstone Hospice, 601 Mariposa Way, The Villages, Florida 32162.

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