Frances “Fran” E. Garant, age 88, of Alpena passed away peacefully at Tendercare Greenview on Saturday, Oct. 28, 2017, surrounded by her family.

On Sept. 29, 1929, Frances was born in Rogers City, Mich., to the late George and Veronica (Kohsmann) Shorkey. She married Robert Garant on Sept. 17, 1949, at St. Ignatius Catholic church in Rogers City, Mich. He preceded her in death after 57 years, on Aug. 3, 2007. Fran worked as a Cafeteria Aide for the Alpena Public Schools for 27 years, retiring in 1999. She was a member of St. Mary Catholic Church, Daughters of Isabella, past member of St. Elizabeth Society, and All Saints Parish Rosary Society Group 5. Fran enjoyed spending her time with her family and cooking.

She is survived by her 11 children, Robert F. (Kathy) Garant of Alpena, Mich., David (Rhonda) Garant of Ironton, Mo., Leonard (Cheryl) Garant of Farmington Hills, Mich., Charles (Dona) Garant of Rochester, N.Y., John (Jeannine) Garant of Poughkeepsie, N.Y., Carl (Doreen) Garant of Dexter, Mich., Jane (Edwin) Degen of Hubbard Lake, Mich., Mary (Henry) Winslow of Northville, Mich., Elaine (Lyle) Schultz of Alpena, Mich., Lori (John) Clements of Alpena, Mich., Linda (Terry) Ferguson of Hubbard Lake, Mich.; Two daughters-in-law Cindy Varney and Carolann Roussin; 30 grandchildren; 37 great-grandchildren; four great-great-grandchildren; two brothers, James (Donna) Shorkey of Burton, Mich., George (Janet) Shorkey of Lapeer, Mich.; one sister, Geraldine (Julian) Romel of Alpena, Mich; several nieces and nephews.

Fran was preceded in death by her son Mark Garant; three brothers, Henry, Jerome and Delmont Shorkey; three sisters, Louise Shorkey, Genevieve Belz and Mercedes Cherrette.

Family and friends will gather at Karpus-Hunter Funeral Home for visitation on Monday, Oct. 30, 2017 from 2-8 p.m. The Rosary Society will recite the Rosary at 3 p.m. Parish Prayer Service will be held at 7 p.m. Visitation will continue on Tuesday, Oct. 31, 2017 at St. John the Baptist Catholic Church of All Saints Parish from 10 a.m. until the 11 a.m. Mass of Christian Burial begins with Fr. Joe Muszkiewicz officiating.

Interment: Holy Cross Cemetery

Memorials: Friendship Room

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