Fran Marie Ellert, 84, residing at Greenleaf Health Campus, passed away Saturday morning at her residence. Fran was born on Dec. 21, 1932 in Silver Lake, Ind. to the late Percy and Florence Petgen. She married Robert J. “Bob” Ellert on Jan. 7, 1967 in Elkhart, Ind. Bob passed away on March 21, 2012. In addition to her husband, a brother and three sisters preceded her in death. Surviving is a sister, Myrtle Butler of Three Rivers; close friend and caregiver, Ryan E. Klase of Elkhart, Ind.; close friends, John and Sharon Hartman of Edwardsburg; dear friend, Lois Froehlich of Luckey, Ohio; and many nieces and nephews. Fran formerly worked as a teller at the First National Bank in Elkhart, Ind. Fran also was a merchandiser at various retailers. She formerly attended St. Thomas the Apostle Catholic Church with her husband, Bob. Fran at one time was very involved with and an active member and volunteer with the former South Bend Civitan International Club. Fran loved going to the Moose Lodge and traveling. Visitation for Fran will be from 10 a.m. to noon (12 o’clock) on Wednesday, Jan. 25, 2017 with funeral services at noon at Billings Funeral Home, 812 Baldwin Street, Elkhart, Ind. Pastor Gary Sheets will officiate. Burial will follow at St. Vincent Cemetery, Elkhart, Ind. Please visit to send a condolence to the family.

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