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400 S 10th St. - Escanaba, Michigan 49829
West 3755 US 2 - Spalding, Michigan 49886
Mary Ann Frantom
Date of Death: August, 04 2018

          Mary Ann Frantom lost her battle with cancer on August 4, 2018.  Those that were part of Mary Ann’s life, knew how blessed they were. She will be remembered as one of the kindest, most creative and giving person you were lucky enough to know. Mary Ann was born on May 9, 1944, in Marquette, MI to Mary and Francis Hetherington.  She attended Sexton High School, Northern Michigan University and later married John Frantom. They celebrated 51 years together. 
          We are comforted in knowing Mary Ann is reunited with her only son Andrew, who preceded her in death in 2015.
          Surviving to cherish her memory are her husband John; very special friends, Larry & Sheila Sykora; grandchildren Kayley (Nick) Ralph and Zack (Kayla) Frantom; great grandchildren Natalie, Wyatt, Andrew, Elaina, and Olivia; daughter-in-law Shelley Frantom, brother Gary (Phyllis) Hetherington; several cousins, nieces, nephews, and many friends.
          Mary Ann was a devoted teacher at Carrollton Public Schools until 2002.  She continued her involvement with the schools long after her retirement.
          Mary Ann was a gifted crafter who shared her love of Elvis, knitting, stitching, gardening, cooking, and creating with anyone interested in learning. She was happy to quietly watch the thrill of others enjoying her detailed planning and implementation of family events from jungle breakfast, group art projects, holiday themed meals, and fairy parties.
          Mary Ann loved her grandchildren, her friends in the Saginaw and Marquette knitting clubs, the U.P., Lake Superior, hot dogs and flip flops (no matter what the weather).
          The family wishes to thank U.P. Home Health and Hospice, and Larry and Sheila for their unwavering loving care and support throughout Mary Ann’s illness.
          Donations in Mary Ann’s memory can be made to JJ Packs, 611 N. Front Street, Marquette, MI  49855.  JJ Packs distributes food to school children in need.
          In keeping with Mary Ann's wishes, a private memorial service will be held at a later date.
          The Allo Coolman Funeral Home is assisting the Frantom family.
          Please visit to send online condolences to her family.

  • "She was the Queen Fairy and I always looked forward to her fairy parties. They were, and still are, unforgettable!! She was an extraordinary knitter and the “go to” knitter if I had a knitting problem. She always had a way to fix it. Sending sincere condolences for the loss we all feel so deeply. "
    -Bindweed Goblindancer aka Jane Phillips

  • "Thinking of the whole family during this time. Cherish the memories, Mrs. Frantom touched many life’s in her years! ❤️ Thankful to have known such a compassionate loving person! "
    -Janay Anklam

  • "Mary Ann was such a warm, generous, smart and caring person. She was always up for. an adventure. She was a very talented knitter who was always willing to share her knowledge and such a patient teacher. She quickly fit right in with the Knotty Knitters in Marquette and will be missed. She was a dear friend and never will be a forgotten. Condolences to all who loved her. Kate Sromalski"
    -Kate Sromalski

  • "Mrs Frantom was my all time favorite teacher she gave me the comfort & security of my own mother when I was in school and she was my husbands best friends Mother, she has always held a special spot in both our hearts. We send our deepest condolences to the Frantom Family and Friends. "
    -John &Stephanie Giltrop Family

  • "Mary Ann was the favorite teacher of many of her students. She was an encouraging colleague to many of us at Carrollton Public Schools. She will be lovingly remembered and deeply missed by many. Annette Card, CES Teacher"
    -Annette Card

  • "We are so saddened to hear of the passing of Mary Ann. I taught with Mary Ann at Carrollton for 29 years. Our children Jason & Heather had her as a teacher for years and were very good friends with Andy. I also had Andy in Band for 8 years (he was a good saxophone player!) When Mary Ann started being the “technology” staff chair, we went to several tech conferences and tried to implement as much as we could in the classrooms. Mary Ann was a wonderful educator and friend. Renee and I send our thoughts and prayers to John and his family."
    -Paul & Renee Lichau

  • "I had Mrs. Frantom for my first grade teacher and later on for computer class. She was one of the best teachers I ever had. She made learning fun and truly cared about her students. Sending my condolences and prayers to her family and friends 💜"
    -Maureen Riley

  • "My condolences! I can hardly believe that Mary Ann is no longer with us. She touched the lives of so many. My prayers are with you, John, and your family. May God continue to bless you!"
    -Lynda Miller

  • "I was just thinking about Mrs. Frantom last week. Very sad to hear about her passing. My prayers are with Mr. Frantom and the rest of the family. Mrs. Frantom was such a kind and passionate woman. She will be truly missed. I'm one of her many, many former students that she cared for. Condolences from the entire Richardson family. "
    -Damion Richardson

  • "So sorry Mary Ann lost her battle. She was a lovely lady and she made me a fabulous pair of socks too. I met her thru my friend Sheila when she came to Hawail. My condolences to her family. Joan Loeffler"
    -Joan Loeffler

  • "Mary Ann’s death will leave a huge hole in our knitting group. She was loved by everyone and her smile infected everyone who met her. She will be missed. Gini Lyke"
    -Gini Lyke

  • "Mary Ann brought a light so great into our world that even after she is gone her light will remain inside all of us that she touched. Hugs to John, Lar, Sheil and her grandchildren."
    -Teresa Barker

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