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Francis Laich

1934 - 2019

Frances “Fran” Drue (Gross) Laich, wife
of Michael D. Chappell was born October 21, 1934
in Rogers City to Francis Kennedy Hamilton and
Cora Ethel Smith. Fran attended Rogers City
schools and graduated in 1952, Fran married
Harry C. Gross June 6, 1953. From this union
Harry C. Gross and Rochelle (Steve) Pilarski
were born, who survive her, She is also survived by grandchildren,
Jason Gross, Kara (Joe) Timrack, Allison (Elijah) Bush, Zachary
Ostrander-Gross, Eric Gross, Jesse Pilarski, Phoenix Pilarski and Zachary
Pilarski; and great-grandchildren, Jamison Gross-Booth, Jeffery Gross,
Jonathan Gross, Landyn Timrack, Abigail Timrack, Tre Bush and Harlyn

Fran married Leonard M. Laich July 12, 2003. From this union, she
gained stepdaughter, Mary Laich; and stepsons, Charles (Cathy) Laich,
Fred (Susan) Laich and Richard (Linda) Laich; six step-grandchildren,
Russell Laich, Megan Laich, Molly Laich, Naomi Hardsty, Jasin Gallagher
and Brian Laich; and three step-great-grandchildren, Veda, Baxter and

Fran married Michael Chappell May 20, 2017 and gained stepdaughters,
HyunJu Chappell and Brooke Chappell; stepsons, Bromley Chappell and
Cameron Lee Chappell, and a step-granddaughter, Zoe Chappell, They
enjoyed their travels to various places around the United States, including
Graceland, the home of Fran’s favorite singer Elvis Presley and their
times spent at the family summer home on Grand Lake.

Fran and Harry moved to Lansing to help her son Harry with his business,
Nova Vida Inc. (group homes for developmentally disabled adults) in
1987 and Fran worked in various capacities through early 2018, primarily
as manager of operations at the Bittersweet Home. She was also very
active in the Delta Township Senior Center, where she played euchre.

Fran is preceded in death by her parents, Francis Kennedy Hamilton and
Cora Ethel Smith; and husbands, Harry C. Gross and Leonard C. Laich;
and a sister, Lila Bethley

Services for Fran will be as follows:
Calling: Thursday September 27, at Field & Leik Funeral Home,
122 W. Washington, Dimondale, MI 48821 from 2~—4 p.m, and 6 ~ 8 p.m.
Funeral: Friday, September 28, at First Presbyterian Church,
162 N. Bridge St. Dimondale, MI, 48861. There will be a family hour
from 10 — 11 a.m. with funeral services commencing at 1] a.m,

Services in Rogers City for Fran will be as follows:
Calling: Sunday, September 30, at Beck Funeral Home, 229 N. First St
Rogers City, MI 49779 from 5 – 8 p.m

Funeral: Monday, October 1, at Beck Funeral Home, There will be a
family hour from 10 — 11 a.m. with funeral services commencing at
11 a.m,

Burial will be at Memorial Park Cemetery in Rogers City.

Luncheon to follow at Westminster Presbyterian Church in Rogers City

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Francis Laich – Beck Funeral Home – Rogers City, MI