OBITUARY – Frances Connors

Frances E. Connors, age 91, of 60 Church Street, Saranac Lake, died Friday, July 27, 2012 at the Adirondack Medical Center in Saranac Lake.

 Born in Clay, NY on January 15, 1921, she was the daughter of Felix and Elizabeth (Sawyer) Yelle. Frances married Edward Connors in July of 1970 in Saranac Lake, New York. He predeceased her on October 6, 1979.

 Frances was a life long resident of Saranac Lake and had been employed as a nurse’s aid at various facilities including the VA Hospital in Albany, Gabriels Sanatorium in Paul Smiths and Uihlein Mercy Center in Lake Placid for many years until her retirement in 1986. Frances was a member of the Saranac Lake Moose Club and the Saranac Lake Lanes.

 She is survived by one daughter Betty Donaldson of Saranac Lake, NY, 6 grandchildren, Robert Donaldson, Jr. and his wife Tami, Patty McDonough and her husband Darryl, Mary LaClair and her husband Chris, Kelly Donaldson, Bonny Engelhardt and her husband Bryan and Bill Donaldson, 12 great grandchildren, and 4 great-great grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her father, mother, one sister Edith Frisbee and three brothers Fred, Erwin and James Yelle.

 Calling hours will take place at the Fortune-Keough Funeral Home on Monday July 30, 2012 from 5:00 PM to 8:00 PM. A Ladies of the Moose Club service will take place at 7:30 PM Monday at the funeral home. A funeral service will take place on Tuesday at 11:00 AM, at the funeral home with Rev. Bill Muench officiating. Burial will follow at St. John’s Cemetery Lake Clear in Lake Clear.

 Friends wishing to remember Frances E. Connors may make memorial contributions to St. Jude’s Children Research Hospital in care of the funeral home. Family and friends can also share their memories and sign the online guestbook at


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