Frances Marie Ackenheil

November 29, 1942January 30, 2013
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Frances Marie Ackenheil Born in San Francisco, California on November 29, 1942 passed away peacefully on January 30, 2013 at UCSF Medical Center following a brief illness. She was surrounded by her loving family. Fran is survived by her loving husband Pete, adoring daughters Kate Preston (Tim), Suzanne Ross (Paul), and Erin Lazzaretto (John), her sister Norma Sue Robel (Rick) and grandchildren Taylor Grant, Hannah Ross, Zachary Ross and Benjamin Lazzaretto. Her family extended to include many dear friends, as well as many, many cousins in California, Ireland and Italy. Fran enjoyed traveling and recently visited New York City with her daughter Erin. She especially loved taking trips to Lake Tahoe with her husband Pete, with whom she would be married 50 years on June 1st. But, more than anything else, Fran loved family and absolutely delighted in her grandchildren. She will be greatly missed. Viewing will be available beginning at 5:30 p.m. on Tuesday, February 5th followed by a Catholic Rosary at 7:00 p.m. A Holy Mass will be offered for Frances on Wednesday, February 6th at 11:00 a.m. at St. Anthony of Padua Church, 1000 Cambridge Street, Novato, California. Burial will be at Valley Memorial Park, 650 Bugeia Lane, Novato, California. After services there will be a reception at the home of Suzanne and Paul Ross. If you wish to make a donation in memory of Frances, please consider the UCSF Palliative Care Program or your favorite charity


  • Visitation Tuesday, February 5, 2013
  • Rosary Service Tuesday, February 5, 2013
  • Funeral Service Wednesday, February 6, 2013

Frances Marie Ackenheil

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March 29, 2013

Dear Pete and Family,
I was so heart broken to hear of Fran's passing. It was an honor to know such a woman of grace and elegance. My life will be forever blessed for having known her.
Your friend,
Vera from Harrahs Diamond Lounge

Danny and Marilyn Foley

February 7, 2013

Our thoughts and prayers are with your family. Fran will always be remembered in our hearts.

February 7, 2013

Pete, I am so very sad for your loss. My prayers are with you.
God Bless your Family.
Rich Andrews

February 7, 2013

I read of your dear wife's passing on Monday while returning from San Francisco. I haven't seen you in years but I know that Frances was a special light in your life and she will be missed by you and your family. My deepest sympathy.

John Kelterer, Laguna Beach, Ca.

February 6, 2013

Pete,Erin and Family. Fran will be dearly missed. God Bless all.
Willie and Madeline

Carmen Reilly

February 6, 2013

Dear Ackenheil Family,
I was so sorry to hear about Fran's passing. I remember working on fund raisers at Our Lady of Loretto with her.
I also saw her many times at the hair Salon where I worked. We always shared stories about our daughters. I remember most her smile and always happy. She will be dearly missed.
Sincerely, Carmen Reilly

Charlie Krieger

February 6, 2013

Pete: My deepest sympathy to you and your family on the recent passing of Fran. I remember her in our homeroom class at Abraham Lincoln High School. Savor all of the great moments that you shared with her over the years.

Biff & Trudi O'Brien

February 5, 2013

Pete, We are very sorry to hear of Fran's passing, we will always remember the good times of the past. Please give our regards to Kste,Suzanne and Erin.

Suzana Weltken

February 5, 2013

Dear Erin and family - Cary and I were so sorry to hear of your mom's passing - such a beautiful lady and we know she will be greatly missed. Our thoughts and prayers go out to you and your family.

Heather Gamble

February 5, 2013

Erin and family, I'm so sorry to hear that your mom passed. I remember her to be so much fun during our OLL days. I will keep you all in my prayers.