Frances A. Kelwaski, 86, of 16 West End St., died at 2:57 p.m. Sunday (Dec. 8, 2013), in her home.
She was born Nov. 2, 1927, in Jamestown, the daughter of George F. and Allene Fleming Maddox.
She had been employed as a licensed practical nurse at the former Jamestown General Hospital following her graduation from its school of nursing. She later worked at the Rowley and Hillside Nursing Homes, and prior to retiring had worked as a private duty nurse.
The heart of her family, she enjoyed all holidays and family gatherings. She was a wonderful baker and cook, and enjoyed knitting and crochet. After raising their family, she and her late husband enjoyed taking numerous one and two day trips.
Surviving are three sons: Stephen Kelwaski, III of Jamestown, Scott A. Kelwaski Sr. of Greenhurst, and Stacey Kelwaski of Louisburg, N.C.; two daughters: Sue (Jim) Higgs of Jamestown, and Stephanie (Raymond) Carlson of Frewsburg; 12 grandchildren: Benjamin Carlson of Victor, N.Y., Katie F. Carlson, Brittany Kelwaski, James D. Higgs, Sheri N. Higgs, and Shane A. Higgs, all of Jamestown, Adam S. Carlson of Frewsburg, Ashley Couns and Casey Kelwaski, both of Louisburg, N.C., Scott Kelwaski of Gerry, Ambrielle B. Kelwaski of Greenhurst, and Joshua A. Higgs of Falconer; 11 greatgrandchildren: Kiara, Kamryn, Sarah, Hanna, Annabella and Connor Higgs, Jordan, Brayden, and Aaliyah Kelwaski, Brooklynn Carpenter and Logan Maxwell; two sisters: Alice Maddox of Lakewood, and Georgia Gundlach of North Carolina; and a brother, Dennis Maddox of South Carolina.
She was preceded in death by her husband. Stephen Kelwaski Jr., whom she married Feb. 5, 1947, and who died March 18, 1996; by a granddaughter, Sarah E. Carlson; and by two sisters: Helen Dickerson and Diane Parinella; and a brother, Raymond E. Maddox.
The funeral will be at 1 p.m. Thursday in Powers, Present & Sixbey Funeral Home. The Rev. Douglas Kibbe will officiate. Burial will be in Lake View Cemetery.
The family will receive friends from 24 p.m. and 68 p.m. Wednesday in the funeral home.
To send a message to the family or to light a candle in memory, visit www. presentsixbeyfuneral. com.
The family suggests that memorials may be made to a charity of choice.