Frances R. “Fran” Wilke

Canisteo, New York

Frances R. “Fran” Wilke – (97) – of 11 Fifth St., Canisteo, NY (Canisteo Manor), died Wednesday afternoon (April 12, 2023) at her home, following a long illness.

Born in Waterbury, CT on September 7, 1927, she was the daughter of Raymond & Harriet (Lawton) Reichenbach.

Fran grew up in Bucks Hill (Waterbury), CT and was a graduate of Crosby High School (class of 1945). She resided in Bucks Hill until 1968 when she moved to Old Saybrook, CT.

She had been employed for a time at the New London Federal Savings and Loan in New London, CT and later worked as a sales person at Amazing Grace book store in Old Saybrook, CT.

A resident of the Canisteo area since the 1990s, Fran was a member of the Gospel Tabernacle Church in Canisteo. She enjoyed bible study and prayer groups as well as praying for the needs of other people. An accomplished artist, she created many beautiful paintings which she gave to family & friends. In her younger years, Fran belonged to a high school rifle club and was considered an excellent marksman. She enjoyed her time living at the Canisteo Manor where she made many friends and enjoyed participating in the activities.

Fran was preceded in death by her sister & brother-in-law, Jean & William Molin; her grandsons, Brett Wilke and Christopher Wilke; her nephew, Kerry Molin; and her former husband, Raymond Wilke.

Surviving are 2 sons, Kenneth (Susan) Wilke of Summerfield, FL and Michael (Wendy) Wilke of Old Saybrook, CT; 4 daughters, Sarah (Larry) Newhart of Andover, Paula (Rick) Riviezzo of Woodstock, VT, Katherine (Rob) Thomas of Caywood, NY and Gretchen (Bennett) Whipple of Swannanoa, NC; 9 grandchildren; 9 great-grandchildren; 2 nieces; her “honorary granddaughter,” Mari Hammond.

At Fran’s request there will be no calling hours. A Memorial Service will be held at the Gospel Tabernacle Church at the convenience of the family.

Funeral arrangements are in care of the Dagon Funeral Home, 38 Church St., Hornell, NY.

Fran’s request is that in lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in her name be made to Pregnancy Resource Center of the Valleys, 22 Liberty St Bath, NY 14810.

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2 Responses to “Frances R. “Fran” Wilke”

  1. Christopher Cahill says:

    I had the privilege of attending church at the Hornell Gospel Tabernacle for 7 years with the lovely woman I called “Sister Fran.” She was an amazing prayer warrior with a heart of gold!

    I now attend another church with one of her daughters and just found out they were related this Sunday! She is a lot like her mom. I don’t know much about the family dynamic, but her daughter has a lot of mom’s traits from what I see, and I love that.

    Sister Fran will be dearly missed, but I know that I will see her again in Heaven.

  2. Neil Comtois says:

    I am forever grateful for Frans willingness to open up her home for the young adults of my day and for her direction guidance prayer and wisdom she shared with me yet not to forget the love she had for others over herself.