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Francisca Carlota Ramos

August 21, 1958July 21, 2020
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Francisca “Fran” Carlota Ramos entered into Heaven on July 21, 2020. Fran was born into Life on August 21, 1958 in Kansas City MO. At the age of six months, Catholic Charities Diocese, Kansas City-St. Joseph Missouri placed her in the loving arms of her adoptive parents, Dr. John F. Ramos Jr., and his wife, Thera Doll Ramos. Fran, her brother, John III, and her parents lived in Kansas City until her father’s death in 1970, after which, her mother, Fran, and John III moved to Highland Park, IL.

Fran graduated from Highland Park High School in 1976, and went to the University of Kansas, Lawrence (“Rock-Chalk, Jayhawk: K U!”), where she earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Elementary Education (1980) and a Master of Science Degree in Special Education (1981).

After graduation, Fran retuned to Highland Park where she continued to work at K-Mart (started there in high school) and taught at Oak Terrace Elementary School in Highwood, IL.

Realizing the road of teaching was not what she wanted to do, Fran decided to work for the Federal Government. She started at Fort Sheridan IL (U.S. Army) in 1984, where she worked in the procurement field. After Fort Sheridan closed, she went to work for the Office of Naval Research (U.S. Navy), Chicago IL, where she worked as a contract specialist and a grants specialist. In 1998, Fran started working for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Chicago Regional Office, as a grants management specialist. During her tenure, Fran performed her work in such an excellent manner that she earned various awards. In 2012, Fran earned an Assistance Management Award and in 2016, a Bronze Medal for Commendable Service. Fran was also an active member of American Federation of Government Employees (AFGE) Local 704 and received a certificate for being a twenty-year member of Local 704. After over thirty-five years of federal service, Fran retired on March 31, 2020.

Fran loved President Obama. Her EPA teammates knew this when they walked past her workstation, which was a shrine to President Obama. They knew August 4th was his birthday because Fran would bring to work homemade jerk chicken (best in the world), ice cream cake, and President Obama mementos for all to enjoy. Her feelings about No. 45 were the total opposite. Fran would fulminate daily about his incompetence and superciliousness, cringe and say something underneath her breath every time she saw a MAGA hat, bumper sticker, etc. Fran said she will be the first person in line at her polling station on Election Day to officially voice her feelings.

Fran’s mother was her best friend. They lived together, traveled together, laughed together, cried together, until her mother was born into Eternal Life on March 23, 2010.

After her mother’s passing, Fran decided to start the journey of finding her birth mother. Fran’s journey ended learning her birth name is Debbie Annette Rodriquez, finding her sisters Roxanne and Robin (“Rodriguez by Blood – Ramos by Love”), along with nephews Lucas and Dustin, nieces Jyssica and Amy, great nephews, nieces, and cousins. Fran found other family members through

Fran loved reading, traveling, watching Columbo every Sunday at 7:00pm, painting, arts and crafts, volunteering (American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, Home of the Sparrow), cheering on her Jayhawks (“Rock Chalk Jayhawk: K U!”), bragging about Shaena and “The Twins” (Xanah and Xarah), having pen-pals nationwide, giving her time and resources to Rehoboth COGIC – Waukegan, IL, and being there for her families and friends.

Fran overcame many impediments to become a caring, loving, smart, sensitive, and thoughtful person. One impediment she was unable to overcome was Esophageal Cancer, and departed this earthly life on Tuesday, July 21, 2020.

Fran is loved and survived by her brother, John III, Chicago IL, her sisters Roxanne Cunningham, Kansas City, MO, and Robin Madrigal, Phoenix, AZ, her “father”, C. Wallis Henning, Lawrence, KS, goddaughters Shaena Wright, North Chicago, IL, Xanah Sproul and Xarah Sproul, Yulee, FL, and Dezi Tilmon, Waukegan, IL, ex-husband, Donovan Sproul, and his sons Tristan and D’Mitry, Gurnee, IL, good friends Heidi Kessler and Janet Storbeck, and a host of nephews, nieces, cousins, and friends.

Fran was preceded in death by parents, her aunt, Imogene Gray, good friend, Robin Castellucci, family members, friends, and others who had the honor and pleasure of knowing Fran.

Visitation will be held on July 31, 2020 at 11:00 am at Marsh Funeral Home, 305 N Cemetery Rd, Gurnee, IL. Funeral Mass will be held on July 31, 2020 at 1:00 pm at St. Paul the Apostle Catholic Church, 6401 Gages Lake Rd., Gurnee, IL. Graveside Service will be held on July 31, 2020 at Ascension Cemetery, 1920 Buckley Rd., Libertyville, IL.

Funeral Mass will be streamed via YouTube (saint paul the apostle catholic church in gurnee) or

In lieu of flowers, please make a contribution to either "Catholic Charities Adoption Services" Catholic Charities of Kansas City-St. Joseph, 301 East Armour Blvd, Suite 620, Kansas City, MO 64111 or Hospice of Dayton Foundation, 324 Wilmington Ave., Dayton, OH 45420


  • Visitation

    Friday, July 31, 2020

  • Funeral Mass

    Friday, July 31, 2020

  • Graveside Service

    Friday, July 31, 2020


Francisca Carlota Ramos

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R. Denise Jackson-Starks

October 2, 2020

We bonded, as if we were sisters!! A lot of conversations.. I am believer that “God puts a person or people in your life for a season for a reason!! I will truly miss our talks, I believe and pray you are at peace now!!! Take care love you and miss you Denise. Enjoy your new journey!!!
Love Always,
Denise Jackson-Starks

Genr Ramos

September 13, 2020

I’m saddened to hear of your passing my Dear Cousin Fran. Although it may have been years since we saw one another you ALWAYS held a SPECIAL part in my Heart. May God welcome you into his kingdom with open arms my Dear Cousin, Fran.

Bonnie Glass

August 23, 2020

I enjoyed many years of train rides with Francisca to and from chicago I will always remember her nice smile, whit and friendship.

Fran rest in piece. I know you are in good hands with God.
Smile down on us often as we will think of you often
I am sorry we never got to have lunch as planned
Love to you

Ken Thompson

July 31, 2020

I was blessed to have met Fran 15 or so years ago. Her Goddaughter Sheana and my daughter, Brianna went to nursery school together, and had play dates. I would later see Fran and we talk often during the commute on the train. When I changed jobs and EPA became my customer she would often attend my presentations and provide feedback and encouragement. Fran was a great person on this earth. And she will be one of God's great angels. May she rest in peace.

Robert Fields

July 31, 2020

Franny. You will truly be missed. More than a co-worker. Great friend. Always champion for others. An out spoken voice. I will never forget your welcoming smile and caring spirit. When you would travel and come back baring small gifts of your trips. Or when you would make gifts for other during holiday seasons.

So sadden that you are gone. Although I rejoice that you are not suffering. Love you and peaceful journey until we meet again!
Heaven has received an beautiful angel!


July 29, 2020

Many of her friends know her as Fran, or Francisca, But to me we have always shared private names. And her private name between Brother and Sister always has and always will be one of great affection. She was given this moniker when we were celebrating one of our first Easter Sundays, And when I called her by that name we could both smile and remember a more innocent time . No one else could share this memory but us. But now I name her one final time. To me she will always be TIGER RAG. And she will be greatly missed.

Rob Young

July 29, 2020

I was saddened to hear of Fran's passing. I will always remember her generous spirit and positive outlook. Fran will be sorely missed by the grants office and everyone who knew her and called her a friend.

I take great comfort in knowing her suffering has ended and she has been called into eternal life.

Latasha Kyles

July 29, 2020

Fran, I am so saddened by your loss but I know you’re in a better place. I will miss you dearly and find great comfort to know their isn’t no more suffering. My prayers goes out to your family, friends, and anyone effected by your loss. I love you and will see you later. The workplace will never be the same :-(

Denyonne Corley

July 28, 2020

I will miss Franny whom I first met in 2005. I always treasured our friendship. We dined out along with Sheila and Gene (Thanks to Check, Please) in the Chicago area; attended theatre productions and had great home parties. I can clearly hear her soft voice! I pray that her family finds some comfort in the fact that this beautiful soul touched so many lives. Celebrate Francisca always, for she lives in our hearts! May God rest her soul.

Martha Yolisma Robinson

July 27, 2020

I'll always have fond memories of Fran. Her quick smile and positive attitude always cheered me up. Everyone who knew her will miss her.

Please accept our condolences and know that our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family during this difficult time.

Martha Yolisma Robinson


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