Frances J.Munk, of Hendersonville passed away peacefully on November 13that the age of 95. Frances was born on November 6, 1922 in Brooklyn, New York. She was the second of Rose and ErminioJuliano’s three children. After attending elementary and high school in Brooklyn, she went on to the University of Vermont i…read more
Frances J.Munk, of Hendersonville passed away peacefully on November 13that the age of 95. Frances was born on November 6, 1922 in Brooklyn, New York. She was the second of Rose and ErminioJuliano’s three children. After attending elementary and high school in Brooklyn, she went on to the University of Vermont in Burlington, where she received her Bachelor’s Degree in Medical Technology in 1944. At UVM she conducted research on the tropical diseases afflicting soldiers who were fighting in the Pacific Islands, identifying their blood cell abnormalities. She also ran lab tests at St. Mary’s Hospital in Burlington. After graduation she returned to New York City, working first for the GAF Corporation on dye formulations for army uniforms and then teaching Clinical Pathology to Medical Technician students.
In 1949 she met Alfred Munk, a government relations analyst for Texaco, and they were married the following year. They were together for the next 52 years. Their first child, Peter, was born in 1952, and their second, Karen, was born in 1954. The family spent the next ten years in Connecticut. In 1964 Alfred took a new job at the headquarters of Amoco Oil, and Chicago became the family’s new home. Following Alfred’s retirement in 1990, they moved to Hendersonville, North Carolina, where they build a retirement home, complete with a 19th century log cabin, which they restored and moved to their property. Frances made many new friends in Hendersonville. She and Al enjoyed travelling, and were supporters of the Brevard Music Center and the Arboretum in Asheville. She and Al were active members of the St. John in the Wilderness parish.
After her children were born, Frances dedicated her time to her family. She devoted many years to volunteer work for the blind, transcribing books into Braille and later into audio recordings. In Chicago she served on the Altar Guild of St. Augustines’s Church and in Hendersonville, she and Al volunteered at the Rescue Mission and at Johnson Farm.
Frances was predeceased by her husband Alfred, who died in 2002, and by her brothers Frank and Albert. She is survived by her son Peter Munk and his wife Darlene, of Santa Barbara, California and her daughter Karen Demastus and her husband Dale, of Scottsdale, Arizona. She is also survived by four grandchildren, James, Laura, Cristina, and Liza and by her great-grandson Skylar, six nephews and five nieces.
Frances’s family would like to thank the wonderful staff at Carolina Village for their care and support over the past ten years.
The memorial service will be at St. John-in-the-Wilderness Episcopal Church in Flat Rock, on Monday, December 4, at 1 pm.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Carolina Village Employee Appreciation Fund. Donations should be sent to Carolina Village, Attn Kevin Parries, 600 Carolina Village Road, Hendersonville, NC 28792. Donations must be received by December 2.hide
Date: Monday, December 4, 2017
Time: 1:00 pm
St. John in the Wilderness Episcopal Church
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