Edward Michael DeFrange

May 24, 1924March 11, 2013

DENISON - Edward M. DeFrange, 88, went to be with our Heavenly Father on March 11, 2013 surrounded by family at his home in Denison, Texas.

Ed was born in Krebs, Oklahoma on May 24, 1924 and was the youngest of fifteen children born to Joseph and Maggie DeFrange of Italy. He married Margaret Mary Douglass on March 7, 1946. Together they had six children and were married for 52 years before Margaret’s passing. Ed was a World War II veteran, an accomplished artist in various mediums, as well as a master carpenter, plumber, and electrician. He was also a lifelong member and former choir director of St. Patrick’s Catholic Church.

Ed is survived by children: Timothy DeFrange and wife Nancy of Clarksville, TN. ; Toni Beaubien and husband Larry of Denison, TX; Rev. Jonathan DeFrange of Covington, LA.; Tom DeFrange and wife Faye of Asheville, N.C.; Jane Donahue of Denison, TX.; and Mary Cooper and husband Chris of Tucson, AZ.. Ed is also survived by fourteen grandchildren, sixteen great-grandchildren and four great-great-grandchildren.

Rosary and visitation will be Thursday, March 14, 2013 at Bratcher Funeral Home at 6 p.m. Funeral mass will be held at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church on Saturday, March 16, 2013 at 10 a.m. followed by interment at Calvary Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to the Restoration Fund for St. Patrick’s Catholic Church or Grayson County Home Hospice.

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  • Funeral Mass Saturday, March 16, 2013
  • Visitation Thursday, March 14, 2013
  • Rosary Thursday, March 14, 2013


  • Burial

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Dennis Douglass

April 9, 2013

So sorry for your loss. My condolences to all. Also cousin Jimmy Douglass sends his condolences. I wish we would have gotten to know one another. I hope there is an opportunity for us to one day meet. Until that day I wish you the best.
Sincerely your nephew,
Dennis Patrick Douglass

March 19, 2013

We are so sad to loose Uncle Edward. He was our last connecction to the original DeFrange family of Krebs, Oklahoma and certainly one of our favorite uncles. We have so many fond memories of family gatherings with all our cousins, aunts and uncles. Such a talented family and they all knew how to have a great time together.

Our dad, Johnny, was so similar to his younger brother - also a World War II veteran, a musician, and a church choir director and long time choir member. The connection of God, church, family, music, hard work, love, and fun was strong throughout the family. We will miss all of them so much and must carry on the tradition of getting the younger generations together to celebrate our wonderful family. Love and condolences to all.
Dennis and Bev DeFrange Christine

Donnett Smith

March 18, 2013

Our heartfelt sympathy to each one of you in the loss of your father, grandfather and great-grandfather.
Bill and Donnett Smith

Shirley Johnson

March 16, 2013

My thoughts and prayers are with all of you and Uncle Eddie.
He's the lucky one he's with God now!

Steve Hollander

March 16, 2013

Know that you are in our thoughts and prayers as you say goodbye and celebrate the joyful life of Edward.

To live in hearts we leave behind
Is not to die.

THOMAS CAMPBELL, Hallowed Ground

Pat Caudill

March 15, 2013

Dear Family of Ed, I have lived across from Ed for many years and think of him as family I know he will be greatly missed by all and I will surely miss his wonderful smile and quick wit. Tuesday night cards will not be the same, but He is now where he has wanted to be for a while. May God bless all of you. Pat Caudill

Mark Grams

March 14, 2013

Sending my heartfelt sympathy to the whole DeFrange family. So very sorry for you loss. He will be missed greatly by me and the rest of his church family. Love and prayers.
Mark Grams

Lorrie Duncan

March 14, 2013

May your hearts soon be filled with wonderful memories of joyful times together as you celebrate a life well lived.

JoAnn Nichols

March 14, 2013

Much love and many thoughts and prayers for the DeFrange Family. May God be with you during this time and always. Respectfully, JoAnn Ciaccio