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Frances A. Sroka

September 8, 1942 June 27, 2016
Frances A. Sroka
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Obituary for Frances A. Sroka

Frances Ann Sroka, age 73, of Tyrone Twp, passed away unexpectedly of cardiac arrest on June 27, 2016.

Fran was born and died a matriarch. She had a natural talent of leading without being in the spotlight. From an early age, she was the caretaker of her younger siblings. She left home at 18, and worked for her independence at Ma Bell. Her life changed forever when she met her husband, Jim, at his family’s party store. Eight months later, on January 27, 1962 they were married.

Over the next 7 years Fran and Jim had 5 children. Fran’s ultimate goal was to be the best wife and mother, calling it “...the most important job I could ever have.” Fran gave her children the freedom to grow within their individual talents. On Mother’s Day, it was Fran who thanked her children for giving her the joy of being their mom.

While Fran had the capacity for college and career, she chose occupations that served her family. She was secretary to Jim when he attended night school. She served as a school volunteer to remain involved in her kids’ educations. Twenty years at Hudson’s provided an employee discount for her growing family. She worked at various foodservice jobs, primarily Maria’s Deli, which expanded her repertoir of amazing recipes. Fran’s work always gave her the flexibility her family needed and provided the extra touches that made holidays, summer vacations and gatherings special.

Though Fran was the center of her family’s world, she also had a magnetic quality for others. Her chil- drens’ friends, co-workers, neighbors, friends and a special group known as the “Pea Brains” gravitated to her home. Wherever she and Jim lived the driveway was always overflowing with cars.

To Fran, food was love. She was a gifted cook and gracious hostess who was exceptional at entertaining. Everyone was welcome at her table. Nothing gave her more pleasure than providing a home-cooked meal, even if it meant carting an entire feast to other homes, holiday gatherings or vacation destinations.

Fran was the rock people depended on. She always found redeeming and unique qualities in others and accepted people for who they were. She had an amazing ability to rise to any occasion and offer a safe haven to all. With her natural humor and infectious smile, she selflessly gave her energy and time. In good times and bad she expressed her love through laughter or a new recipe.

Fran loved and accepted her childrens’ partners with open arms. Grandchildren expanded Fran and Jim’s capacity for love far beyond their own expectations. They were so happy zig-zagging all over the state to proudly witness their grandchildrens’ many achievements.
Fran loved her husband Jim with all her being. She often said, “My life began when I met him.” or “I have never known more happiness than on my wedding day.” She knew how fortunate she was to have the love of her life by her side to continually remind her how beautiful and smart she was and how in- credibly lucky he felt to be married to her. But they were more than a family. People called Fran and Jim an institution. They shared their love and their home with anyone fortunate enough to meet them.
Fran had a broken heart since Jim’s passing in March of 2012. Despite her sadness, Fran carried on their tradition of being the center for all, providing a place where people could gather in the warmth of her hospitality and generosity.
Fran enjoyed the final weekend of her life surrounded by family and friends in the celebration of her son’s wedding. Though she said she missed her dance partner, she is now waltzing with him again.

Fran and Jim’s love bloomed into a family of five children and eleven grandchildren. She is survived by her daughters, Margaret Bornais, Kathryn (Joe) Audia, Jeanne (Mark) Chapman, Susan (Aaron) Graves; son, Jim (Susan) Sroka; grandchildren, Claire, Tony, & Ellen Audia, Audrey & Charlotte Chapman, Henry & Charles Graves, Kaitlin, Christopher, Steven and Emily Gray.

She will always and forever be the joy of our tears.

Visitation will be held at Lynch & Sons Funeral Home, 404 E. Liberty St., Milford, on Friday, July 1, from 3-9PM and Saturday, July 2, 2016 from 8:30 AM until the time of the funeral service at 9:30 AM. Burial will follow at Great Lakes National Cemetery, Holly.

Memorial contributions may be made in her name to St. Leo's Soup Kitchen, 4860 15th St, Detroit, MI 48208.

For further information please phone 248-684-6645.

Previous Events

Visitation

Friday

1

Jul

3:00 PM 7/1/2016 3:00:00 PM - 9:00 PM 7/1/2016 9:00:00 PM
Lynch & Sons Funeral Directors - Milford

404 E. Liberty Street
Milford, MI 48381

Lynch & Sons Funeral Directors - Milford
404 E. Liberty Street Milford 48381 MI
United States

Visitation

Saturday

2

Jul

8:30 AM 7/2/2016 8:30:00 AM - 9:30 AM 7/2/2016 9:30:00 AM
Lynch & Sons Funeral Directors - Milford

404 E. Liberty Street
Milford, MI 48381

Lynch & Sons Funeral Directors - Milford
404 E. Liberty Street Milford 48381 MI
United States

Service

Saturday

2

Jul

9:30 AM 7/2/2016 9:30:00 AM
Lynch & Sons Funeral Directors - Milford

404 E. Liberty Street
Milford, MI 48381

Lynch & Sons Funeral Directors - Milford
404 E. Liberty Street Milford 48381 MI
United States

Graveside

Saturday

2

Jul

11:00 AM 7/2/2016 11:00:00 AM
Great Lakes National Cemetery

4200 Belford Road
Holly, MI

Great Lakes National Cemetery
4200 Belford Road Holly MI
United States

Memorial Contribution

St. Leo's Soup Kitchen

4860 15th Street
Detroit, MI 48208
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