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France P. Kennedy, age 83, of Grand Rapids, passed peacefully on Saturday, November 21, 2021.  She was born on March 17, 1938.


She is preceded in death by both of her parents; and four siblings.


Fran leaves behind children, Tamara (Jose) Gonzalez, Gary Van Dam, Robyn (Bryan) Martin and Victoria (Gord) Parsons; six grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.

She worked for GM for many years, later for Diesel Tech, and then retiring from Bosch in 1997.


Fran loved spending time with family.  She loved camping in Ludington, going out to eat, movies, cooking, sewing, collecting trinkets and loved jewelry.  She enjoyed spending winters visiting family in Arizona.


Family will have a Celebration of Life in Ludington on the beach next summer.


To send a message of sympathy to the family, sign Fran’s online guest book, or to share a favorite memory, please visit:


Honoring her wishes, cremation has taken place.  Arrangements are entrusted to Michigan Cremation & Funeral Care, Grand Rapids, (616) 452-3006.


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  1. Pam S on November 23, 2021 at 5:20 pm

    Fran was a very special lady. I loved her and enjoyed caring for her. I enjoyed getting to know her family which she loved everyone of you so very much. She talked about you all the time. Fran made me smile and treated me so kindly. She did not have life easy but she kept moving forward. Which inspired me
    I miss her.

  2. Rocci and Bill K on November 25, 2021 at 9:26 pm

    Tamara and family, our hearts and prayers to you. ❤️

  3. Char (Bateson) Smith on November 26, 2021 at 11:07 am

    Fran came into our family’s life when I was very young. She babysat my brother and I and then later, came to live with our family while she was in high school. She became like a big sister to us! Although we lost contact over the past few years, she will always hold a special place in our hearts and memories.

  4. Tish on November 26, 2021 at 9:54 pm

    I am so very sorry for your loss. Sending prayers and hugs. I pray for comfort. Hold all those memories dear- until you see her again some day.

  5. Karen Vess on November 28, 2021 at 9:43 am

    Victoria, I am so very sorry for the loss this has in your life, and to the others that loved your Mom as well. Please know that I am thinking of you. Love you, Karen

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