Frances Lucille Medders, of Niles

Published 2:28 pm Friday, May 20, 2016

Nov. 5, 1928 — May 18, 2016

Frances Lucille Medders, 87, of Niles, passed away on Wednesday, May 18, 2016, at Chalet of Niles.

She was born Nov. 5, 1928, in Culver, Indiana to the late Elmer “Jack” and Glenna (Kessinler) Matthews. In 1950 she married Alkiviadis “Babe” Caparell, he died in 1955. In 1959 she married Robert Blacketter, he died in 1969. In 1971 she married William H. Medders.

Also preceding her in death is a son, Sam Caparell in 1997 and two sisters, Jean Walesivich, Velma “Red” Schillind, brother William “Bill” Matthews and grandson Scott Sarratore.

She is survived by her Husband William Medders, they were married for 45 years. She is also survived by three daughters, Lynette (Michael) Wright, Stacey (Frank) Sarratore and Lou Ann Caparell, son, Jeffery (Maryann) Blacketter, eight grandchildren, Bradley (Patty) Hickerson, Douglas (Kris) Sarratore, Jeremy Watkins, Brandy Watkins, Shantanna Watkins, Shay Watkins, Tiffany Davidson, Adam (Erin) Blacketter and 15 great-grandchildren.

Fran was a stay at home mom, taking special care of her son Sammy. She looked forward to the holidays so everyone could get together and talk and do whatever. She enjoyed Wednesday and Saturday night bowling, going out for a sandwich afterwards and to their house for cards or dice games.

Graveside services for Fran will be held at noon Monday, May 23, 2016, at Mission Hills Memorial Gardens in the committal chapel. Visitation will be from 11 am to 12 pm also at Mission Hills Memorial Gardens.

A special thanks to Hospice at Home and the Chalet of Niles nursing home. Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice at Home, Inc., 4025 Health Park Lane, St. Joseph. Online condolences may be made at