Francine "Franni" Newton

May 24, 1951April 1, 2021

Francine “Franni” Newton, 69, of Springfield, passed away on April 1, 2021 at her residence. She was born on May 24, 1951 in Springfield to Carl Wilton Sivels and Helen Marie Day-Sivels. Franni married Ronald Richard Newton Sr., and they later divorced.

Mrs Newton is survived by two children: Ronald Richard Newton Jr. and Veronica Marie Newton both of Springfield, seven grandchildren: Andria Beaufort, Tyler, Nathan, Devon and Joshua Newton, Niccos Holliday and Sasha Gordon, and two brothers: Carl Willie Sivels Jr., and Stanley Lee Sivels. She was preceded in death by her parents, one sister Patricia Sivels and two brothers: Darnell and Wayne Sivels.

Franni worked for Hope School, SPARC and the State of Illinois. She was a member of New Life Family Worship Center and served as a Mother of the church. Francine was an animal lover who enjoyed traveling and was loved by her nieces, nephews, cousins, aunts, uncles and a host of friends.

A funeral service will be held at 12:00pm on Friday April 16, 2021 at New Life Family Worship Center, 1530 South Pope Ave. The family will greet friends from 10:00am until the time of funeral service at church and CDC guidelines will be followed. Following services cremation rites will be accorded. Memorial contributions may be made to New Life Family Worship Center and please visit the online “Life Remembered Story” at


  • Ronald Newton, Jr., Active Pallbearer
  • Niccos Holliday, Active Pallbearer
  • Dramara Sivels, Active Pallbearer
  • Kevon Sivels, Active Pallbearer
  • Wayne Smith, Active Pallbearer
  • Michael DeMartino, Active Pallbearer


  • Visitation

    Friday, April 16, 2021

  • Funeral Service

    Friday, April 16, 2021


Francine "Franni" Newton

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Doretha Myers

April 8, 2021

Oh, how I am going to miss this beautiful, awesome lady. She really knew how to light up a room with her laughter and sense of humor. I am thankful to have such wonderful memories of our childhood that were full of family gatherings. She will forever hold a special place in my heart. Love you cuz....

Nikki Burge

April 8, 2021

I am deeply saddened by the loss of my beautiful cousin.................... Oh how I will miss your warm welcome and humor at our family gatherings but know you are laughing it up with those family members that crossed over before you..... kiss my momma for me. Till next time.

With love Nikki

Donna Dortch

April 6, 2021

You have kept the pace and finished the race....
May you rest in heavenly peace.

Michelle Sivels

April 5, 2021

Aunt Francine, you are going to be missed so dearly. The thought of not hearing you laugh and seeing your big beautiful smile is almost more than I can bare but I know the lord has you covered. You have been a wonderful Aunt and friend to me and I thank and love you so much for all your love and wisdom. I'll also miss telling you secrets. You and your sister Patricia are the best secret keepers ever. Rest easy Auntie xoxo your Chelle My Bell