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Chapel Hill Gardens South Funeral Home & Cemetery

11333 South Central Ave, Oak Lawn, IL

OBITUARY

Frances L. (Miller) Pultz

December 16, 1944June 14, 2020
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Frances L. Pultz, age 75, of Alsip, IL formerly of Chicago, IL, passed away peacefully on June 14, 2020 at her home with her family at her side.

Frances is the loving wife of James M. Pultz; cherished mother to Michael Pultz, Katherine Pultz, Deborah (Charles) Gonsowski and Patricia Pultz; proud grandmother to Thomas J “T.J.” (Gillian) Gonsowski, Matthew J. (Brielle) Gonsowski; great grandmother to Theodore and Carter Gonsowski; devoted daughter to the late John J. and Gladys Miller; treasured sister to Katherine E. Miller, Rose Miller, the late Shirley (late Bob) Watson, the late Jack Miller, the late Bob Miller; dearest sister-in-law to Carol Miller; Aunt to many nieces and nephews.

Frances loved being a grandmother and enjoyed spending time with family.

Funeral services will be livestreamed via Facebook Live Friday, June 19, 2020 at 11:00 am. Please visit our Facebook profile at Chapel Hill South Funeral Home.

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Denise Ostrowski

June 19, 2020

Pultz Family, I am so so sorry for your loss. Fran will be dearly missed by many. I will always cherish the great times I had with her. She was a fun and TRULY dedicated friend ... the BEST Santa I've ever known (as well as her elves!) and she was definitely the MOST fun to go on vacations with!! I can honestly say (and this is an inside joke between her and I) what happens in Vegas, stays in Vegas! Thanks for the memories and may you Rest In Peace Fran.

George Fox

June 18, 2020

You have our deepest sympathy for the loss of your Mother. Forever in our hearts!

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Biography

When Frances L. Pultz walked into the room, those in her company felt energy, an enthusiastic spontaneity. This was just one example of who Frances was and how she impacted those around her. Frances was a clever and gregarious person who always sought out the finest attributes in other people. It was as if Frances wanted to share all of their experiences, revel in their lives and celebrate their discoveries. Frances was tireless and had boundless enthusiasm that would serve her well throughout her life.

       She was the daughter of John and Gladys Miller. Frances was raised in Chicago, Illinois. Always at the ready with a good joke, she grew up to be quite a humorous person. While some who knew Frances might describe her as an idealist, her friends and family understood well that Frances was always in pursuit of life’s endless possibilities and opportunities available to her.

      Frances was raised with Five siblings. She had two older brothers, Jack and Bob, and two older sisters, Kay and Shirley, and one younger sister, Rose. Frances was very accepting and supportive of her family. She was perceived as the central person in her family in terms of keeping communication open between the family members. Whenever discord or tension arose within the home, Frances was typically the member who brought about resolution and harmony. These traits served Frances well in her adult life and, along with her wit, outgoing personality, and understanding of others, drew the admiration of many who knew her.

      During her high school years, Frances responded enthusiastically to any new project and was regularly in search of one adventure after another. She graduated from Richards Vocational High School in 1962. Frances was a very good student, and generally did well in her courses. Frances absorbed as much as she could from all of her teachers and was consistently able to tackle conceptual and abstract problems, using her imagination to master her assignments. For Frances, school often became just an extension of playtime, thanks to her ability to turn just about anything into a game. Classmates considered Frances a good listener, knowing that when necessary, they could go to her to discuss just about anything.

      With a talent for making acquaintances easily which in turn brought her an endless stream of friends, Frances was very sociable and could blend without effort into any social group. Assertive and outgoing, Frances was easy to know and demonstrated a deep concern for others. She always seemed aware of what was going on with people around her and throughout her life she made many, friends. While growing up, some of her best friends were anyone she met. Later in life, she became friends with too many to name.

      On November 13, 1965 Frances married James Pultz at Doremus Church of Chicago, Illinois. Frances's skill at “building bridges” played an important role in her ability to make her new family happy. She was quite sensitive towards James's needs, showing her constant concern and fondness. Frances was tenderhearted and sensitive, qualities that served her well in helping to nurture her family.

      Frances was a natural and creative parent who was willing to provide her family with all sorts of new and interesting experiences. For Frances, parenting was a particularly enjoyable and pleasurable part of her life. Every activity, from chores to bedtime routines, became a game in the Pultz home. Frances's skill at understanding her children's feelings, her sensitivity to their needs, and her gift for gentle persuasion enabled her to find novel solutions to any problem or situation that might crop up. Frances was blessed with Four children: One son, Mike and three daughters, Kathy, Debbie and Patty. They were also blessed with Two grandchildren and two great grandchildren, TJ and Matt and Great grandchildren Theo and Carter.

      Frances was uplifted by new ideas and was excited by life’s possibilities, traits that made her an exceptional worker. Her primary occupation was office manager. She was employed for Service Tech Heating & Cooling. Frances was enterprising, inventive and working against deadlines seemed to energize her. Frances had the uncanny ability to identify a win/win solution to just about any problem, possibly because of her gift for insight. Frances's fellow workers saw her as a supporter and a mentor.

      Because Frances loved to have a broad variety of activities in her life, she took advantage of the opportunity to pursue numerous hobbies. Her favorite pursuits were shopping, hosting parties and spending time with her family. Frances had a knack for being able to multi-task in order to create time for all of her favorite pastimes. However, Frances's ever-present concern for others always took precedent.

      Frances derived much satisfaction from participating in and watching sports. Her charisma, supportive nature and ability to improvise when called upon to do so all made perfect attributes for enjoying a great many sporting activities. Volleyball. Frances was also something of a sports fan and enjoyed watching her favorite events whenever she got the opportunity.

      Frances's love of improvising in her daily life was a perfect fit for her enjoyment of traveling. Her favorite vacations were ones that were not planned. Traveling in a casual manor fit her personality well. Excited about seeing changing scenery and constantly looking for the enjoyment life could offer, Frances took her vacations seriously, well, as seriously as she possibly could. Favorite vacations included Hawaii, Florida, Cruises and visited out of state family.

      When Frances's retirement finally came in 2014, Frances handled it the way she usually did. She adapted and, like everything in her life, made it satisfying. Because she was such a flexible person and able to adjust to any situation, retirement was just another enjoyable change of pace for Frances to master. Shopping and traveling. Even in retirement, Frances continued to stay in touch with her old friends and like always, made plenty of new ones.

      Frances Pultz passed away on June 14, 2020 at At home surrounded by her family. Frances fought a long battle against Dementia, Heart disease and Pulmonary Embolism. She is survived by her husband Jim; her children Mike, Kathy, Debbie and Patty; her grandchildren TJ (Gillian) and Matt (Breille); her great grandchildren Theo and Carter: her sisters Kay and Rose. Services were held at Chapel Hill Gardens South Funeral Home. Frances was laid to rest in Chapel Hill Gardens South Cemetery.

      There was always a certain style and inventiveness to Frances. She was a dynamic, self-expressive person who was forever looking to celebrate the endless possibilities life had to offer. She had a knack for being clever, creative and witty, and for others, was a joy to be around. While she was often fiercely independent, it seemed as if many others looked to Frances Pultz for inspiration, leadership, wisdom and even courage. Frances was always more than willing to share life’s experiences with her loved ones.