Fran lived her life with such passion and energy, even through her battle with cancer over the past 10 months. She passed away peacefully at home with her devoted family on February 5, 2022.

Fran is survived by her husband of almost 25 years Pat, and children: Shandi (Jeff), Jillian, and David, and grandchildren Saoirse and Freyja. She was the middle of seven children of Irene and Edward Toohey. Fran has maintained a close relationship with all her siblings: Michael (Kathie), Maureen (Ron), Thomas (Sheree), Daniel (Kimberly), William (Melanie), and Matthew (Sherry) as well as many nieces, nephews, and friends.

Fran was born in Edmonton on April 24, 1958. She grew up on the family farm near Wetaskiwin. Fran was a long serving educator with Edmonton Catholic Schools and only recently retired as a principal. She will be dearly missed by so many that she touched in her life of fun and service.

Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at Good Shepherd Catholic Church on February 21, 2022, at 2:00 pm.

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If friends so desire, donations may be made to the following charities: Canadian Cancer Society or The Learning Disabilities Association of Alberta




  1. Gordana Banjac

    Fran was such a great, kind and loving soul. I will always remember her smile.Please, have my deepest condolences.

  2. Cheryl Seitz

    I am blessed to have been a friend of Fran since grade 3. We shared many great times together including travel and graduating from nursing together. She played an important role in the lives of my daughters and will be missed greatly by us all.. ❤️

  3. L. Poles

    I am so sorry to hear about Fran’s passing. I had the honor of working with her at St Charles. She was a truly amazing lady.

  4. Karen Mccormack

    Pat and family, I’am so sorry to hear about your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you all. May Fran Rest In Peace. The loss of Fran will be felt by many.
    Karen Mccormack and family.

  5. Rose

    Sorry for your family loss.Fran will be sadly missed.Fran was a great lady and to work for.
    Rose Boileau

  6. Denise

    To the family, I am so sorry for your loss. Lots of prayers for you as you mourn the loss of Fran. Fran will be missed by many. She left her mark on so many people. Always positive, upbeat and a just a real pleasure to know. The golf girls will miss you Fran. God bless!

  7. Nicole Lamoureux

    To the family, I am sorry for your loss. My prayers and thoughts go out to you. Fran was my learning coach at St. Charles. She was supportive and very helpful when working with students and staff. A wonderful educator!

  8. Gerry Elliott

    Fran stole everyone’s hearts with her charming personality. She saw and brought out the best in people, especially her students. Moments spent with Fran were always memorable with tons of laughter.
    My deepest sympathies to the family, nothing will take away the precious time you had with Fran.

  9. Jennifer Mah

    My deepest sympathies go to Pat and the family. Fran was a wonderful, kind person that will be missed. I appreciated the moments and conversations with her.

  10. Harriet

    I am so sorry for your loss; words fail to express my sadness at Fran’s passing. Praying for strength and comfort to you Pat, Jillian, David and all Fran’s family. She will be in my heart always. Harriet, Geza, Eric and Barb

  11. Margaret (Alberda) Topping

    Pat and family. I am so sorry for the loss of Fran. My prayers and thoughts are with you all.

  12. Jody & Shawn Paulson

    Peace and Love from our family to yours during this time of loss. Fran was a beacon of light, love and laughter and will be missed.

  13. Rosie & Mike

    Sending our deepest condolences to you, Pat and family. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all during this very difficult time.

    • Marcia Hoskins

      Dear Pat and family…. I am so saddened by this terrible loss. I will hold all of you in my prayers as
      you hold her memory close! Love, Marcia

  14. Lorrie Trodden

    Our thoughts and prayers are with all the families. Fran will be greatly missed by so many people. I’m so glad our paths crossed in life. RIP Fran! ❤️🙏💔

    • Abiola Kaffo

      My deepest sympathy to her family. Fran was such a wonderful, lovely and caring principal. She will be greatly missed, may her gentle soul rest in perfect peace. Amen🙏🙏🙏

  15. Tami and John

    Pat, Jillian, and David,
    Our thoughts and prayers are with you for your great loss. Fran was such a special person and friend. She had a way of making everyone feel so listened to and important. Her humour and positive attitude were so infectious. We are grateful to have been a part of her life. She will be greatly missed.

  16. Chris Dombroski

    Pat and family sorry for your loss, my prayers for the family

  17. MJ Garritty

    Words cannot describe the sadness I feel at the loss of my dear friend. Please accept my sincere condolences for all Fran’s loving family and friends. She will be in our hearts forever and with God’s will, we shall meet again one day.

  18. Karen Salembier

    Pat, Jill and David. I am so deeply sorry for your loss. Fran was such a wonderful friend who will be greatly missed and forever in our hearts. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. May you find comfort and peace.
    Karen, Don and family

  19. Maria Pagnotta

    Very saddened to hear of the passing of Fran. I had the pleasure of working with Fran at St, Charles School. She had such a kind and gentle spirit. I will always remember her sense of humour and treasure her words of advice.
    Please accept my deepest condolences.
    Rest in Peace Fran

  20. Glenn and Pat Sawatzky

    Fran was a close friend of my sister Michele and was like a member of our family when they were going to nursing school. Condolences to her family all who knew her.

  21. Mary Hannas

    Pat…my condolences on your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your Family.🙏

  22. Claudie

    Such a sweet lady with a beautiful smile….rest in peace Fran.

  23. Gwen

    So sorry for the loss of our beautiful cousin Fran. She truly was an amazing compassionate and caring person.Fran was always so understanding and so much fun!!!May her soul Rest In Peace as her loving and understanding nature filled many hearts as she always worked with such dedication and commitment. Find some comfort in knowing that wife, mommy, sister, cousin friend and educator has truly left her mark in this world and will be missed deeply ❤️❤️Gwen and Bruce

  24. Nancie Androschuk

    My heartfelt condolences to you and your family Pat. Fran will be missed by everyone who met her. Such a beautiful person. My thoughts and prayers are with you.

  25. Susan andCharlie Klaver

    We will always remember Fran’s beautiful smile and her adventurous, warm and caring spirit. We send condolences to all of your family members. We are so sorry for your loss.

  26. Yvette Christoffel

    My deepest condolences to your family. I was fortunate to have had worked with Fran at St. Charles school. Fran’s spirit was beautiful and gentle. Peace be with you all.

  27. Jennifer HagEstad

    Sending my deepest sympathies to Fran’s family. I worked with her at Anne Fitzgerald School. I will always remember her calm demeanor, her welcoming and kind approach, and her great sense of humor. She was a great role model and a wonderful leader. I remember her speaking lovingly and proudly about her children and her husband often. I am so sorry for your loss.

  28. Cherie Kiryluk

    I had the pleasure of working with Fran at St. Augustine for only 1 year, but her warmth and positive energy so resonated with me that I feel like I knew her for much longer. Rest in peace, dear Fran, and may your beautiful soul carry your family and friends through the difficult days ahead. My most sincere condolences to you all.

  29. Christine Michaud

    Pat, I am sorry to learn of the passing of your wife. You are in my thoughts and prayers.

  30. Debbie Clare Engel

    The first year Fran was a Principal with Edmonton Catholic Schools, we were grouped together at the Jasper Leadership Academy. We had such a great group and Fran was such a great asset. We worked and played hard and I got to know the wonderful Fran!

  31. Trish Schemerhorn

    Dear Pat, Jillian, David- I am so sorry to hear of Fran’s passing. I will always remember her smile, kindness, and positive energy. I worked with Fran at St Augustine. She appreciated my talents and helped inspire me to go back to school to become a teacher. She was a strong advocate for children, I will carry her values forward in my work with children and families. Fran will be missed and remembered with smiles.

  32. Lorraine Toohey

    I am really saddened by this news and am remembering happy times at the lake and later as young adults. Sending my deepest condolences to the whole family.


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