Frances Menapace

NORWAY – Frances B. Menapace, 95, of Norway, died Wednesday, July 3, 2013, at her home in Norway.

She was born on March 11, 1918, in Vulcan, the daughter of the late Joseph and Mary (Masty) Bray.

Frances married Lawrence A. Menapace on Aug. 27, 1938, at St. Mary Catholic Church in Norway, and he preceded her in death on Aug. 28, 1995.

She worked as a supervisor at Kemper Insurance Co. in Chicago for more than 27 years.

Frances was a member of St. Mary Catholic Church in Norway and American Martyrs Catholic Church in Kingsford.

She is survived by her daughter, Darlene (Martin) Brezinski of Kingsford; brother, Florian (Pat) Bray of Kingsford; many nieces and nephews; and her special friend, Gabriella Cescolini.

Frances was preceded in death by her brothers, Albert, John and Henry Bray and her sisters, Ann Schwei and Catherine Tinetti.

Her family would like to thank OSF St. Francis Hospice for their great care and comfort.

The Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated today at 11 a.m. at American Martyrs Church in Kingsford with Fr. Joseph Gouin presiding.

Interment will be held at the Norway Township Cemetery.

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Family request the memorial contributions may be made in Frances’ name to the Carmelite Monastery of the Holy Cross in Iron Mountain.

Arrangements announced by the Ortman Funeral Home in Norway.