Frances Eshelman

Obituary of Frances Jean Eshelman

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Frances J. Eshelman, “Fran” age 86 of Byron, MI passed away peacefully on Monday, April 8, 2024 at Memorial Healthcare Center surrounded by her loving children.

Frances was born on October 20, 1937, in Ferndale, Michigan the daughter of the late George R. and Anna (Vearn) Bundshuh. Frances was a 1955 graduate of Royal Oak High school. After Graduation, she worked as a secretary for the John Hancock insurance agency. In 1957 Frances met the love of her life, the late Ronald G. Eshelman. They were married on January 4, 1958, and started their life together in Clawson, Michigan. They had three children together and eventually relocated to Byron, Michigan in 1972.

Frances spent the majority of her life raising her children and taking care of the family home. She served as the Antrim Township Treasurer for many years, was a member of the Red Hat Society and was an excellent seamstress. She made prom dresses for her daughter and granddaughter, prom tuxes for her sons and even made her daughter’s wedding dress. In her free time, Frances enjoyed playing pinochle, swimming, and spending time with her husband, children, grandchildren, and great grandchildren.

After retirement, Ron and Fran did some traveling and enjoyed a quiet life in the country until Ronald’s death five years ago, also on April 8, 2019.

Frances was one of the most loving, caring, and thoughtful people and was adored by all who knew her. She treated everyone with kindness and compassion. She was always willing to share her wisdom and give advice whenever it was asked of her. You could always find her doing fun things with her grandchildren. They would make crafts, play games, and swim often in her pool, creating many fond memories that they will cherish, always.

Frances is survived by her son Ed (Sue) Eshelman of Byron, Steve (Nancy) Eshelman of Adrian, and Carrie Wilcox-Brewer (Todd) of Byron. Her grandchildren, Dustin (Kara) Wilcox, Kendall Wilcox, Lindsey Eshelman, Jordan (Hannah) Eshelman, Weston (Carolyn) Eshelman, Jenna (Austin) Carr, and Kyle and Ryan Brewer. Her great grandchildren, Bradley, Emric, Quinn, Maren, Hayden, Gavin, Layla (due in June), Natalie, and Isabella. Her sister Carol Rundquist, and many nieces and nephews.

 Frances is preceded in death by her husband Ronald, her parents George and Anna Bundshuh, her brother Dickie Bundshuh, her sister Joanie Paulson and her son in law, Matthew “Buddy” Wilcox.

Frances chose not to have a formal service. Instead, she requested that the family have a private celebration of her life which will be held at a later time.  Memorial donations directed to Burns Twp. Fire Department in Fran's memory.   To sign online guestbook, visit  Arrangements made with the Hyatt Ewald Funeral Home.

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1937 - 2024

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