Arleen Faye Fransen (nee Austin), of Santa Clarita, Calif., passed into God’s hands on Friday, April 22, 2016, after a short battle with ovarian cancer. She passed away, surrounded by loved ones in Los Angeles, at the home of her son, Michael Fransen, with hospice attending.
Arleen was the daughter of the late Moses Austin and Golda Grace Comer (nee Smallwood). She was a 1958 graduate of Granite City High School, and she moved to Los Angeles soon after graduation.
She is survived by one sister, Beverly Le Beau of Collinsville; one brother, William (Carol) Austin of Granite City; her son, Michael Fransen and daughter-in-law, Christina Jeran of Los Angeles; two nieces, Julie (Nathan) Randall of Granite City and Michelle Mahoney of Collinsville; one nephew, Todd (Eugena) Austin of Virden; seven great-nieces; three great-nephews; one great-great-nephew; and her special mentee, Gloria Campos.
Arleen cherished her family and friends with all of her heart and was loved by all who crossed her path. She had the ability to make everyone feel extra special. Arleen retired from Fannie Mae Mortgage after 32 years of service in 2002. She continued her career as an assistant office manager at the apartment complex in which she resided in Santa Clarita, Calif., and retired from that position in March of this year. In past years, Arleen had enjoyed working with the Special Olympics, bowling and playing softball.
Arleen’s remains were cremated in Los Angeles. A graveside memorial will be held at noon Wednesday, Aug. 3, 2016 at St. John’s Cemetery, located at 2901 Nameoki Road in Granite City, with pastor Karla Frost officiating. In accordance with Arleen’s wishes, her ashes will be interred in the plot of her mother, Golda Grace Comer.