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Frances (Seguin) Culver Ales passed away Wednesday, November 23, 2016 at the age of 90. She was born to Alexander and Eleanor (Callahan) Seguin, in River Rouge, on April 12, 1926, she was the youngest of 12 children. Frances attended Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic School in River Rouge, and often visited New York City in the summers, where she developed her love of music by meeting many of the musical greats of the era. Frances loved roller skating and dancing. She was crowned Roller skating Jitterbug Queen of Detroit at the Greystone Ballroom in 1943, and also danced in the chorus line for Duke Ellington at the Cotton Club in New York City. 

She married Boyd H. Culver on April 12, 1945, and together they raised five children. Boyd passed away June 3, 1974. She married Matthew Ales on February 29, 1976. They lived in Newark, Ohio; Monterrey, Mexico; Asheville, North Carolina; and ultimately Brethren, Michigan. She traveled around the world with friends and family with her favorite destinations being Spain and Italy. Frances enjoyed music and entertaining, crocheting, and spending time with family.

Matthew predeceased her on June 5, 1993. She is survived by her beloved sister, Gertrude (Bill) Toop; children, Boyd Leon (Gena) Culver, John Edward Culver, James Francis (Dawn) Culver, Rodney Allen Culver, and Margaret Ellen Culver; 19 grandchildren; 27 great grandchildren; and two great great grandsons. 

Visitation with the family is from 2-3 p.m. on Saturday, December 10, 2016 at Michigan Cremation & Funeral Care, 3627 Linden Ave. S.E. at 36th Street (one block west of Eastern Ave.), Grand Rapids, with a Rosary Prayer Service beginning at 3:00 p.m. The Rev. Father Thomas Cavera, parochial vicar of St. Jude Parish, will preside and a luncheon will follow.

Honoring her wishes cremation will take place. Arrangements are entrusted to Michigan Cremation & Funeral Care, Grand Rapids.

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  1. Tom Cunningham on December 13, 2016 at 11:12 am

    This is from Tom , Frannie I will miss you, our last few years were rough , but I was there for you and you were for me , all those 21 years we had ! We loved traveling around on cruises to Florida and visiting our kids down State. We loved our bus trips to different casino”s , our yearly tubing trips , Family re’s ,playing card games and chasing the Hunters away . It’s so sad that we spent our senior years together and I was”t mention ! Now that my mind isn”t working so well anymore , my Daughter is writing this for me . I think of you often and carry your picture in my wallet , I never really got a chance to say Good bye . But sometimes I still think your here , and hope that you would be coming home soon . All I have to say is , “Frannie, it won”t belong now just around the Bend ” love you Tommy



  2. Rodney Culver on December 25, 2019 at 5:04 am

    Her mother’s name was Ellen Rose not Eleanore and she was only 4 years old when Duke Ellington quit the Cotton Club and 12 years old when the Cotton Club closed, she was never a dancer except in her mind.



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