WOOSTER Frances G. Shoolroy passed away December 7, 2014 at her home in Wooster.
She was born May 20, 1913 in Wadsworth, Ohio, to John Henry and Orpha Veree (Garn) Gerberich. After living in Rittman for several years, her family moved to Akron where she graduated from Akron South High School in 1930. She went to work for the Firestone Tire and Rubber Company in Akron where she met and married Charles A. Briggs III in 1931 and from whom she was divorced in 1948.
Moving to Wooster in 1948 she began working for MagniPower Company followed by the College of Wooster. In 1953 she married Robert H. Freeman from whom she was widowed in 1969. In 1976 she married Ross K. Shoolroy and was married to Ross until his death in 1987.
A member of Trinity United Church of Christ since 1954, Fran served the church in several capacities. She was also an active member of Travelers Club, English Club, The Women s Advisory Board of The College of Wooster, a charter member of the Wayne County Herb Society, and a charter member of Chapter DF of the PEO Sisterhood.
In the late 60 s and through the mid 70 s she and the late Ellen Shapiro opened, co-owned and operated The Book Nook , a small book store in the Freeman Building in Downtown Wooster. In 1995 she endowed an Educational Fund at the Wayne County Community Foundation to assist graduates of Wooster and Rittman High Schools with scholarships for furthering their education at either the college or trade school level.
Fran enjoyed her family, travel, and many areas of interest including her love of reading. She will be greatly missed by all who knew and loved her.
Preceding her in death were he siblings Mildred Yocum of Wooster, John Gerberich of Wadsworth, Alton Gerberich of Arizona, step-daughters Julia Halloran and Elizabeth Locker, step-son Ross S. Shoolroy, granddaughter Tiffany Elizabeth Briggs and step-grandson Michael Shoolroy.
Surviving are her three sons Charles A. (Charlene) Briggs IV, David M. (Carol) Briggs and Robert W. (Alyssa) Briggs; grandchildren Stephanie (Michael) Amick, Kimberly (Martin) Jansen, Charles A. (Kimberly) Briggs V, Mary F. (Michael Wilson) Briggs, Suzanne (David Taylor) Briggs, Julie (Antonio) Chavez, Geoffrey D. (Anne) Briggs, Kristen F. Briggs, Adam A. (Vikki) Briggs, Jennifer (Jared) Jenkins, John R. Briggs, Robert (Rosemary) Rutkowski, step-granddaughters Elizabeth Betz Halloran, Patricia Halloran, Amy (Thomas) Carlton, and Jessie Dann, Step-grandsons Charles Dann, James (Leslie) Halloran, Eric Locker, Ross Locker, Brian Shoolroy, Cliff (Karen) Shoolroy and 17 great-grandchildren.
The family wishes to express their deepest gratitude and appreciation for her long-time dedicated care giver Julie Nussbaum.
Memorial services will be scheduled at a later date. Burial will be at the Wooster Cemetery.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Trinity United Church of Christ in Wooster or to the Shoolroy Educational Fund at the Wayne County Community Foundation.
McIntire, Bradham & Sleek Funeral Home, 216 E. Larwill St., Wooster is assisting the family.
Online condolences may be left for the family at www.mcintirebradhamsleek.com
Trinity United Church of Christ, 150 E. North St., Wooster, OH 44691 or to the Shoolroy Educational Fund, c/o Wayne Co. Community Foundation, 517 N. Market St., Wooster, OH 44691
Memorial Service will be Saturday, January 3, 2015 at Trinity United Church Of Christ at 3:00 P.M.
No calling hours