Frances Jean Kalmer
November 2, 1941 – October 12, 2020
Frances R. Kalmer unexpectedly passed away on Monday, October 12, 2020. She was 78.
Fran was born on November 2, 1941, in Aliquippa, PA to her parents, Thomas and Bernice Rozanski. She graduated from Duquesne University with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing in 1963 and took her first job in nursing at the Oakland Veterans’ Hospital in Pittsburgh, PA. In 1964, Fran married James S. Kalmer and moved to Queens, NY where she became an instructor at the Queens School of Nursing.
Fran spent over 40 years in nursing, but never stopped learning and growing. She lived in New York, New Jersey, California, and North Carolina, and she filled many roles, including nursing instructor, nursing manager, assistant administrator. She retired from her position as the Administrator of the Wake Med Long Term Care Facility in 2003.
Fran is survived by her husband James S. Kalmer, daughters Christine McGuire (Matthew) and Kara Kalmer Caccuitto (Michael), granddaughters Caitlin and Haley McGuire, and sister Elizabeth Cobb. She will be deeply missed by all.
A funeral mass will be held on Thursday, October 22 at 11:00 am at St. Michael’s with interment of ashes immediately following.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital.
No public services are scheduled at this time. Receive a notification when services are updated.
Frances Jean Kalmer
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October 25, 2020
I want to wish my sincere condolences to the family of Mrs. Kalmer. My thoughts and prayers are with them. I was lucky enough to work for her over the 23 years we took care of the landscaping at her residence. I enjoyed our many discussion about not only landscaping but she also showed an interest in knowing how my family was doing. She was a kind and generous person who always showed her appreciation for the work we did for her. She would tip the crew on a regular basis and let us know that we were doing a good job. She loved her landscape and always wanted it to look good. She will be truly missed! RIP.
Mike Rodgers and the crew from Rodgers Landscape Services
October 24, 2020
Frank and I would like to extend our deepest sympathy to the Kalmer family. We only knew Fran and Jim as fellow patrons at Mamma Mia on Friday nights, but she always had a wonderful smile and greeting for my 97 year old Mom. She will be missed and will be in our prayers.
October 23, 2020
Sending so much love and prayers for strength to all of you ... the mass was beautiful and a wonderful celebration of your special family and the life of Fran. xo Patty Geiger
Maryann Kalmer Cacali
October 18, 2020
My brother could not have found a more unique partner than Fran. The two of them were a perfect match. They were blessed with two beautiful daughters who made things even better. I’m grateful to have had Fran as my sister-in-law and truly appreciate how she loved and cared for my brother. She truly will be missed.
Marilyn Morgan Westner
October 16, 2020
For most of our lives, our families lived in separate states but that made visiting Aunt Fran, Uncle Jim, Chris, Kara, and Sparky (their dog at the time) even more special. My Aunt Fran was a remarkably patient, calm, and centered person. When I was a kid, she seemed both glamorous and selfless at the same time. I didn't see her frequently, but her understated manner and quiet confidence made a big and lasting impression on me. Her example inspired me to go to graduate school. I feel incredibly grateful to have had her as an aunt. Uncle Jim, Kara, and Chris, I send you all my love and hope you can find peace in her memory and the knowledge that she touched the lives of so many.
October 14, 2020
Growing up, as a friend of Kara’s, you probably had the honor of sitting across the kitchen table from Mrs Kalmer as she patiently listened to whatever teenage drama was happening at the time. She was always there to provide a calm, clear response that made you feel like everything was going to be ok. To me, Mrs Kalmer will always be remembered as an advocate; no matter what point our paths crossed in my life, her consistent message was to trust in the value of myself. I am so incredibly thankful to have known her and wish Mr Kalmer, KK, Chris, and her entire family eventual peace in the memory of this amazing woman.