Frances Jane Jenkins Ostermeier Abel, 92, of Taylorville, IL died at 2:21 am Thursday, July 31, 2014 at her residence.

She was born March 11, 1922 in Griggsville, IL the daughter of Walter and Margaret Tabor Jenkins. She was first married to Karl Ostermeier in 1940 and he preceded her in death. She later married Albert Abel on March 11, 1972 and he died in April 1973.

Frances was a member of Trinity Lutheran Church in Taylorville. She was a great bowler. Her high score of 280 was a fond memory of hers. She was an L.P.N. at St. Vincent Memorial Hospital, Taylorville Care Center, and Meadow Manor Nursing Home. She was a hard worker and helped her daughter care for triplets and her granddaughter care for her two children. She helped several community members stay in their homes during their illnesses. After receiving her L.P.N. Degree she also helped another student receive their degree. Frances always had a dog at her side. She was thought of as angelic and sunshine by her grandchildren.

Surviving are her children: Barbara Canioin and husband Rev. Daniel of New Braunfels, TX, Terrence Ostermeier and wife Shirley of Taylorville, Linda McDermith of Springfield, Karen Kramer and husband Rev. Carl of Collinsville, CT, and Virginia Ostermeier of Decatur, IL. There are 11 Grandchildren and 12 Great Grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents, 2 husbands, and 2 brothers.

Private Family Services will be held at Trinity Lutheran Church with Pastor Rodney Blomquist officiating.

Memorials may be made to: Trinity Lutheran Church, 1010 N. Webster, Taylorville, IL 62568 or O’Beirne Crisis Nursery, 1011 N. 7th, Springfield, IL 62702-3918.

McClure Funeral Home and Cremation Service is in charge of arrangements.

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