Francis, Charlene E., Merrill, Michigan

Passed away Friday, July 31, 2015 at Covenant HealthCare-Cooper after an extended illness. Age 79 years. The daughter of the late Charles and Mabel (Close) Campbell, Charlene was born June 8, 1936 in Saginaw. She married Kenneth D. Francis on March 2, 1954. Mrs. Francis was member of Ascension Lutheran Church and she enjoyed reading and vacationing on Drummond Island. Surviving are her husband, Kenneth; her six children, Kathleen (Walter) Hildebrant, Connie (Dave) Brandel, Mary (Bob) Ecker, Charles Francis, David (Nancy) Francis, Kenneth (Michelle) Francis; 16 grandchildren, 24 great-grandchildren; 2 sisters, Marilyn Riley and Mary Jo (William) Myers. She was preceded in death by a granddaughter, Jill Glover. A private Memorial Service took place at Ascension Lutheran Church. Memorial visitation with family and friends will take place on Thursday, August 6, 2015 from 3-7 p.m. at Cederberg-Brietzke Funeral Home, 403 N. Michigan Ave., Saginaw. There will be a prayer service at the Funeral Home on Thursday at 6:45 p.m. with Pastor Julie Bailey officiating. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Raucholz Hemlock Library or to Ascension Lutheran Church Memorial Fund.