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In Memoriam: Francis R. “Frank” Miller

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Your memorial contribution in Frank’s name will be placed in the Frank & Marianne Miller Endowment Fund.

Frank R. Miller, a former Community Foundation Board Member, passed away September 14, 2022.

From the obituary:

Francis R. Frank Miller, 89, of Aurora, Illinois passed away September 14, 2022 at his home surrounded by his loving family. He was born April 27, 1933 in Aurora, Illinois to Joseph and Marie (Ambre) Miller.

Frank was a lifelong resident of Aurora and a devoted member of Holy Angels Church.

He was a proud U.S. Army veteran of the Korean War.

Frank was a 1947 graduate of St. Joseph Grade School and a 1951 graduate of Marmion Military Academy. He received the prestigious Marmion Centurion Award for longtime public and community service. He earned a degree from Aurora College in 1961 as a member of the first night school class. He went on to serve as a member of the board of trustees.

He was employed by Illinois Bell-Ameritech from 1952 until his retirement in 1990. He held numerous positions starting as a payphone coin collector. and ending his career as the Community Relations Manager for Fox Valley.

Frank was a dedicated public servant. He was a member of the Kane County Board for more than twenty years, serving as chairman for eight, and was recognized for his commitment with the naming of the Orchard Road underpass as the Frank R. Miller Transportation Plaza He was a member of numerous service organizations and served as president of the Jaycees, Miss Illinois Pageant, and the Aurora Evening Lions Club. Additionally he served on numerous boards including the Community Foundation, Rosary High School, Senior Services Associates, Fox Valley Park District Foundation, the RTA and RTA Pension Trust as chairman.

Survivors include his beloved wife of sixty seven years Marianne (Millen) Miller; three daughters, Julie (Jonathan) Peterson, Karen (Todd) Duffield, Laurie (Ian) Miller-McNeill, four grandchildren, Stefan (Lindsay) Peterson, Anika (her fiancée Edin Sisic) Peterson, Samuel (Emily) Duffield, Joseph (Elena) Duffield; two great grandchildren, Livia Peterson, Silas Duffield; two sisters, Sr. Mary Louise Miller, OSF, Sr. Jo Ann Miller, OSF; a brother, Robert (Ann) Miller; many nieces, nephews and cousins.
He was preceded in death by his parents, and his brother, Richard Miller.

The Miller family would like to offer their heartfelt thanks to his longtime caregiver Cindy for the many years of loving care, and to the staff of Best Elder Home Care especially LaTonya, Alma, Danielle, Dani and Juana.

Frank was a loving and devoted husband, father, grandfather and great grandfather, he will be dearly missed by all that loved him.
Funeral services will be held Friday, September 23, 2022 at 9:30 AM from THE DALEIDEN MORTUARY to Holy Angels Church at 10:00 AM; Fr. Dean Smith will officiate with interment at Mt. Olivet Cemetery.

Visitation will be held Thursday, September 22, 2022 from 3:00 PM until 7:00 PM with a liturgical wake service at 3:00PM at THE DALEIDEN MORTUARY, 220 North Lake Street, Aurora, IL 60506. (630) 631-5500.

Please visit our interactive website at www.daleidenmortuary.com where you may sign the guest book or leave condolences for Frank s family.
In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made in Frank s name to the Community Foundation of the Fox River Valley s Frank & Marianne Miller Endowment Fund, PO Box 4786, Aurora, IL 60507-4786 cffrv.fcsuite.com, Aurora University, 347 S. Gladstone Avenue Aurora, Illinois 60506-4892, or Marmion Academy, 1000 Butterfield Road Aurora, IL 60502.

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Cris Anderson

Cristina & Thomas S. Anderson Endowment Fund | Tom & Cris Anderson Colonial Advisory Fund

Being a part of the Community Foundation scholarship committee is the highlight of my year. For many, a scholarship from the Community Foundation is the reason they are able to continue reaching for their dreams and changing the future of our world. I hope each recipient knows just how inspirational they are to those of us who are lucky enough to read their stories.

Jessica Breugelmans

Board Member & Scholarship Committee Member

As a first-generation college student from a low-income family, I was worried about how I was going to pay for books and supplies. This scholarship will allow me to focus more on my studies instead of worrying about how to afford college. I am working to not only create opportunities for myself but to motivate future generations. Thank you so much for helping me along this journey!

Moises J.

Claude & Alice Allen Memorial Scholarship Recipient

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Sharon Stredde

President Emeritus

Thank you very much for supporting my college education for these four years. I will never be able to repay you for the opportunity that this scholarship has given to me.

Julia H.

[Renewing Scholarship Recipient] Graduate of Hinkley-Big Rock High School

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Richard and Susan Schindel Scholarship Funds

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