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Frances Lenora (Dougherty) Frigo

February 3, 1924 ~ July 2, 2018 (age 94)


Frances Lenora (Dougherty) Frigo of Tempe, Arizona and previously of Ashwaubenon, Wisconsin passed away peacefully at the home of her daughter Catherine Walters in Gilbert, Arizona on July 2, 2018, surrounded by loving family.   Frances, the daughter of Raymond  and Anna Ternes Dougherty, was born in west Wichita, Kansas in 1924.  Her father was a farmer and orchardman and her mother a homemaker.   Frances, one of five siblings and has two surviving sisters; Patty Bolte and Regina Drescher.  Her brother, Raymond Dougherty and her sister,  Sister Maureen (Mary Louise) Dougherty CSJ, preceded her in death.   Frances graduated high school from St. John’s Academy in Wichita, Kansas which is now Newman University.  As a young woman, she was very active in the local 4H Club, baking Blue Ribbon pies and earning the honor of attending a national conference in Chicago when just sixteen years old.   Following high school, Frances attended secretarial school and worked at a local business.  Searching for a more faith based career, she learned of The Grail, an international faith community of women who work for peace, justice and social change and moved to Grailville in Loveland, Ohio.  Through the Grail she obtained a position with Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Green Bay and moved there about 1947.  While working at Catholic Charities, she met Tony Frigo, the husband she was dedicated to and dearly loved throughout her life. Tony preceded Frances in death on December 5th, 2017.    Both devout Catholics, they shared their faith and love for each other throughout the years. Frances and Tony married July 9th, 1949, and over the course of fifteen years, gave life to ten children: Catherine, Maureen, Regina, Rosanne, Jane, Joan, Mary Clare, Paschal, Raymond, and Monica. Frances is survived by all ten children (plus spouses), as well as 17 grandchildren and 6 great-grandchildren. On special occasions such as birthdays and Christmas, when asked what she would like as a gift, Frances always replied “Ten healthy, happy children.”   Her ten children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren loved “Grandma Frigo” dearly and will always keep her in their hearts. In addition to managing a home and supporting Tony’s career, Frances was an avid volunteer and held offices on the boards of the Brown County Civic Music Society, St. Catherine’s Book Shop, the Nativity Parish Council and the Catholic Women’s Avila Book Club.  In fond remembrance of Frances, there will be a visitation on Saturday, July 7, 2018 at Richardson Funeral Home, 2621 South Rural Road, Tempe, Arizona at 1:30 p.m. followed by a memorial prayer service at 2:00 p.m.  Richardson Funeral Home, Tempe, Arizona is compassionately serving the family.

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