Frances Kissel

Frances M. "Fran" Kissel

Thursday August 9, 1951 - Monday January 27, 2020
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Frances M. Kissel (“Fran”) of Edison, NJ passed away following complications from illness on the morning of January 27 in Edison.

Fran was born in Evansville, Indiana, the daughter of the late Nolan L. Kissel and Mary F. (Lomauro) Kissel. Fran grew up in New Jersey, graduated from Nutley High School and The Berkeley Secretarial School and obtained an Associates Degree from Seton Hall University. Fran had a long career at Prudential Life Insurance Company in administrative and paralegal roles before working in the New Jersey State Judicial System before her retirement.

Fran lived a joyful life with friends and family being a central focus. She was always thoughtful, generous and enjoyed laughing with family and friends. Her role as the go to person on matters of family history is legendary. Enjoying travel, a play, a concert or dinner with those she loved always brought joy to Fran. It is only fitting she is survived by a large family who now grieve her loss but smile at many wonderful memories. Fran is survived by eight siblings, their spouses and significant others and many beloved nieces, nephews, cousins, aunts and uncles. Surviving siblings are Henry (Marianne) Kissel of Bloomfield, NJ, Cecilia (John) Bertonaschi, also of Bloomfield, Frank (Anne) Kissel of Chapel Hill, NC, Joan (Robert) Miller of Highland Lakes, NJ, Tony (Debbie) Kissel of Spring, TX, Rosie (Paul) Ayick of Davie, FL, John (Robbin Krauszer) Kissel of Mount Laurel, NJ and Jim (Elizabeth Golden) Kissel of East Brunswick, NJ.

We will all miss Fran terribly but will find the love and joy together she would always encourage.

The funeral will be Saturday, February 1, 2020 at 8:30 a.m. from the S.W. Brown & Son Funeral Home, 267 Centre St., Nutley.

The Funeral Mass will be celebrated at St. Thomas the Apostle in Bloomfield at 9:30 a.m.

The interment will follow at Immaculate Conception Cemetery in Montclair.

Visitors will be received at the funeral home on Friday from 4-8 p.m.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions to American Heart Association/American Stroke Association PO Box 417005 Boston, MA 02241-7005
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Service Details

  • Visitation

    Friday, January 31st, 2020 | 4:00pm - 8:00pm
    Friday, January 31st, 2020 4:00pm - 8:00pm
    S.W. Brown & Son Funeral Home
    267 Centre Street
    NUTLEY, NJ 07110
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  • Service

    Saturday, February 1st, 2020 | 9:30am
    Saturday, February 1st, 2020 9:30am
    St. Thomas the Apostle Church
    60 Byrd Avenue
    BLOOMFIELD, NJ 07003
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  • Interment

    Immaculate Conception Cemetery
    712 Grove Street
    MONTCLAIR, NJ 07043
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Barbara Polixa

Posted at 10:59pm
I was blessed to have met Fran on my first day of Prudential. Little did I know then that it was the beginning of a 47-year friendship. We spoke often through the years and saw each other as often as we were able to plan it. None of my birthdays went by without Fran's card and annual phone call. I will miss those as well as our visits and long conversations. She was a dear friend to me; one I will never forget. Come visit me in my dreams.

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