Frances Ann Dickson Saunders, nee Dickson, age 97, of Lombard

Written by Brust Funeral Home on August 6th, 2017

Saunders-websiteSaunders-PoetStudy-WebFrances Ann Dickson Saunders, nee Dickson, age 97, of Lombard, died August 3, at Lexington Health Care, Lombard, Illinois.

Visitation will be held Tuesday, August 8, from 3-8 PM at Brust Funeral Home, 135 South Main Street, Lombard.  Funeral Service will be held Wednesday, August 9, at 1 PM at Brust Funeral Home.  Interment will be at Oakridge Cemetery, Hillside, Illinois.

Mrs. Saunders is survived by her loving son, Andrew W. Welfing, U.S. Army, Retired; four stepchildren, Karen & Rick, Rick, Sylvia, and Elmer Jr., many step-grandchildren; a niece, Peggy (Bill) and a nephew, Blaine.

She was preceded in death by her loving husbands, Elmer Saunders, Arthur Ehlert, Stanley T. Olsen and Andrew C. Welfing and her brother, Walter Carl Dickson.

Mrs. Saunders had been a resident of Lombard for 63 years and had owned a house on Finley Road for 50 years.  She was a member of Community Presbyterian Church.

Mrs. Saunders graduated from Drake University in Des Moines with a BA in journalism; she was a member of P.E.O and also a member of AAUW and their Investment Club.  She owned a restaurant for 18 years in Aurora, first as the Bonanza Steakhouse, and later re-named as Fran & Art’s Circle E; she also worked for Rockola Manufacturing for many years.  Mrs. Saunders was an avid reader of novels with strong women, enjoyed traveling and was a strong supporter of Lombard businesses.

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2 Comments so far ↓

  1. Cheryl says:

    My heart goes out to the family! Longevity is certainly a blessing, but death at any age is unnatural and not a part of God’s original purpose, so for good reason the Bible calls death an enemy- one that God through Jesus Christ will soon eliminate (1 Corinthians 15:26). Click on the link for more comforting thoughts:

  2. Ron Gross says:

    At age 15, I got my first job at “Fran and Art’s Circle E.” I wound up staying there throughout my entire high school and college years, and maintained a relationship with Fran for decades after that.

    Art passed away in the late 70’s, and like Fran, he was a compelling presence of both professionalism and decency.

    Upon Art’s passing, Fran and I kept in touch for many years. After my Circle E years, I had a successful 27-year career with Tandy Corporation. I attributed much of my later business success not only to principles I learned from my parents, but also from Fran and Art. Then in the early 2000’s, I stopped receiving Christmas cards from Fran, with no information on what might have happened.

    In late 2015 I found out that she was still with us, and residing at a care facility in her home town. I made the trip there along with a myriad of nostalgic photos and other materials, and I was able to say what turned out to be a final goodbye. Rest in peace, Fran, you were a wonderful lady who had a long and productive life, and you and Art made an impression on a lot more people than you probably realize.

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