Frank W. Coens

Born: Wed., Feb. 4, 1920
Died: Mon., Oct. 15, 2012


4:00 PM to 7:00 PM, Thu., Oct. 18, 2012
Location: Zehender Robinson Stormer Cookson Funeral Home

Funeral Mass

10:30 AM Fri., Oct. 19, 2012
Location: St. Francis Catholic Church

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   Mr. Frank W. Coens, 92, of Sunset Home, formerly of 1811 South 24th, Quincy, died at 2:15 a.m. Monday (October 15, 2012) in Sunset Home.

   Born February 4, 1920 in Quincy, Frank was the son of Frank J. and Augusta Bittman Coens.  He married Mary Peters on July 17, 1945 in Quincy. She preceded him in death on November 3, 1978.  He married Kathleen Yvonne "Van" Vannier LeGrand in October 1981. She preceded him in death on March 21, 2007.

   Mr. Coens served his country in the U.S. Army during WW II.  He was a member of St. Francis Solanus Church, Knights of Columbus, Secular Franciscans, Quincy American Legion Post 37 and was a former member of the Elks Lodge 100.  Frank enjoyed golfing, was an avid card player and loved spending time with his friends and family, especially his grandchildren and great grandchildren.

   Frank was a 1938 graduate of Quincy College Academy and attended Quincy College. He began his career at Electric Wheel, a Division of Firestone Tire and Rubber in 1940 and retired as a supervisor for purchasing and production control in 1980.

   Survivors include a daughter, Mary Ann Sims (Randy) of Liberty, IL; two sons, Rev. Frank Coens O.F.M. of Monroe, LA and Ron Coens of Sunnyvale, CA; three grandchildren, Craig Sims (Angela) of O'Fallon, MO, Darren Sims (Andrea) of Liberty, IL and Lee Ann Sims (Bryan Main) of Quincy; four great grandchildren, Connor Sims and Audrey Sims of O'Fallon, MO and Jackson Sims and Evan Sims both of Liberty, IL; three step sons, Mark LeGrand (Madeline) of Quincy, Drew LeGrand (Marlene) of Maggie Valley, N.C. and Rock LeGrand (Linda) of Overland Park, KS; two brothers in law, Fred Darche and Kenneth Peters (Ellie); a sister in law, Arlene  Lansing (Edward); and many loving step grandchildren, step great grandchildren, nieces and nephews.

   Mr. Coens was preceded in death by his parents; his two wives; and three sisters, Lucille Darche, Virginia Schroeder and Dorothy Schwab.

   Funeral services will be held Friday morning at 10:00 in the Zehender Robinson Stormer Cookson Funeral Home and at 10:30 in St. Francis Solanus Church by the Rev. Frank Coens O.F.M.  Burial with Military Honors by Quincy American Legion Post 37 and the Illinois National Guard Funeral Detail will be in Calvary Cemetery.

   Visitation will be Thursday evening from 4:00 to 7:00 and Friday morning until the time of services at the funeral home.

   Memorials may be made to St. Francis Solanus Church or Sunset Home.

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Drew LeGrand
   Posted Tue October 16, 2012
Mary Ann, Ron, and Father Frank, we send our sympathy during this time. We will not be able to attend the funeral, but all of you are in our prayers, our thoughts, and in our heart.
Drew and Marlene LeGrand

Jo (Schwab) and Tom Wilcox
   Posted Tue October 16, 2012
Uncle Frank was a real joy to be around. He was a kidder and a prankster - but had a heart of gold.
Our deepest sympathy and heart felt prayers are with his family - may God in tenderness impart courage and comfort unto your heart. May you find peace in God's love and his promise of eternal life.

Fr. Adrian Fischer ofm
   Posted Wed October 17, 2012
Our prayers and concern are with Frank, Ron, Mary Ann and family. May God give you comfort. Little Flower Friary in Monroe

Rock LeGrand
   Posted Wed October 17, 2012
My thoughts and prayers are with you and the family. My sincere condolences.

Ashley (Schwab) Quinn
   Posted Wed October 17, 2012
My great-uncle Frank's passing is a reminder to enjoy the time spent with, and the stories, and the company of our loved ones while they are still with us. I wish I'd known Uncle Frank better. My heart goes out to all the family left saddened by this loss. But, whew, 92, Frank lived a long, full life. I regret being unable to attend the service. (I'm Dorothy Coens Schwab's granddaughter, by way of Ken Schwab.)

Pat & Ghassan Elian
   Posted Wed October 17, 2012
We were saddened to learn of your loss but are confident that your Dad is in a much better place. We hope that happy memories and the fact that you were always there for him will be a source of comfort.

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