In memory of
Frances Van Gieson Carman
In memory of
Frances Van Gieson Carman
GALESBURG - Frances Van Gieson Carman, 91, Galesburg, died July 20, 2020, at Seminary Manor Nursing Home. Frances was born Aug. 22, 1928, in Washington, D.C., to Henry Vernon and Cornelia Jenks Dysinger Grothe. She married Jim Van Gieson in 1950 in Galesburg and had four children, Julie, Peter, John and Kris. She later married Dr. Charles W. Carman in 1990, also in Galesburg. Frances is survived by her children, Peter (Jeanne) Van Gieson of Springfield, Julie Van Gieson of St. Charles and Kris (Kathie McCarthy) Van Gieson of Bainbridge Island, Washington. Her son John Van Gieson of Indianola, Washington, preceded her in death in 2016. She is also survived by her Carman family, Charles H. (Marianne Vick) Carman, Cynthia (Jim) Rich and Anne (Jerry) Carman-Hendel. She is also survived by her eight grandchildren, Shelby Van Gieson, Kelsey (Jeremy) Baier, Kira McGieson, Izak McGieson, Beth (Paul) Dokolasa, Hallack Rich, Chuck and Carl Carman; and two great-grandchildren, Thea and Lane Baier. She was preceded in death by her husband Charles; her special friend Charles Rakers; and her sisters Elizabeth Williamson and Cornelia Knapp. Frances began her education in Washington D.C., graduating from high school in 1946. She earned her Bachelor of Arts in music education from Knox College in 1950 and her master's in education from Western Illinois University in 1981. Frances taught music education in Knoxville and in Galesburg before and after raising her family. She taught full time from 1970 to 1990, first at Lincoln, Steele and later Reading at Lombard. She joined Clio in 1958, was a member of Hawthorne Club, PEO and a member of Asha for Life. She especially enjoyed supporting local music performed by Nova Singers and Knox Galesburg Symphony. She was a member and officer of Community Chorus. In retirement, she remained active with her seemingly inexhaustible supply of energy. She was a Reading Buddy, was very involved in the life of the church, and was always finding ways to support and encourage friends and family. Frances was a faithful member of Trinity Lutheran Church. She was a kind and generous soul, quietly living her faith in her thoughts, words and deeds. She will be missed by all whose lives she has touched. A memorial service will be held at Trinity Lutheran Church with Rev. Carrie Carnes officiating. The times and dates will be announced at a later date. Memorials may be made to Trinity Lutheran Church or Knox College. Hinchliff-Pearson-West Funeral Directors and Cremation Service is assisting the family with arrangements. Online condolences may be made at www.h-p-w.com.
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Frances Van Gieson Carman
GALESBURG - Frances Van Gieson Carman, 91, Galesburg, died July 20, 2020, at Seminary Manor Nursing Home. Frances was born Aug. 22, 1928, in Washington, D.C., to Henry Vernon and Cornelia Jenks Dysinger Grothe. She married Jim Van Gieson in 1950 in Galesburg and had four children, Julie, Peter, John and Kris. She later married Dr. Charles W. Carman in 1990, also in Galesburg. Frances is survived by her children, Peter (Jeanne) Van Gieson of Springfield, Julie Van Gieson of St. Charles and Kris (Kathie McCarthy) Van Gieson of Bainbridge Island, Washington. Her son John Van Gieson of Indianola, Washington, preceded her in death in 2016. She is also survived by her Carman family, Charles H. (Marianne Vick) Carman, Cynthia (Jim) Rich and Anne (Jerry) Carman-Hendel. She is also survived by her eight grandchildren, Shelby Van Gieson, Kelsey (Jeremy) Baier, Kira McGieson, Izak McGieson, Beth (Paul) Dokolasa, Hallack Rich, Chuck and Carl Carman; and two great-grandchildren, Thea and Lane Baier. She was preceded in death by her husband Charles; her special friend Charles Rakers; and her sisters Elizabeth Williamson and Cornelia Knapp. Frances began her education in Washington D.C., graduating from high school in 1946. She earned her Bachelor of Arts in music education from Knox College in 1950 and her master's in education from Western Illinois University in 1981. Frances taught music education in Knoxville and in Galesburg before and after raising her family. She taught full time from 1970 to 1990, first at Lincoln, Steele and later Reading at Lombard. She joined Clio in 1958, was a member of Hawthorne Club, PEO and a member of Asha for Life. She especially enjoyed supporting local music performed by Nova Singers and Knox Galesburg Symphony. She was a member and officer of Community Chorus. In retirement, she remained active with her seemingly inexhaustible supply of energy. She was a Reading Buddy, was very involved in the life of the church, and was always finding ways to support and encourage friends and family. Frances was a faithful member of Trinity Lutheran Church. She was a kind and generous soul, quietly living her faith in her thoughts, words and deeds. She will be missed by all whose lives she has touched. A memorial service will be held at Trinity Lutheran Church with Rev. Carrie Carnes officiating. The times and dates will be announced at a later date. Memorials may be made to Trinity Lutheran Church or Knox College. Hinchliff-Pearson-West Funeral Directors and Cremation Service is assisting the family with arrangements. Online condolences may be made at www.h-p-w.com.
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