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Frances "Fran" Grahn, 93, of Avon, died peacefully at the Charlotte Hungerford Hospital in Torrington with her loving family by her side. Fran was born in Hartford on April 5, 1923, to the late Raymond Francis and Freda Alice (Schremmer) Wren. As a teenager, Fran spent summers in Westbrook and earned pocket money working at the small company that made Pond's Cold Cream. She was a proud graduate of Hartford Public High School and St. Joseph College. Following her studies, she worked for the State of CT at the Dept. of Labor until her marriage to the late John Olaf Grahn. Together, they built a home in Avon and resided there for over 30 years. Fran was delighted to have her family living close by; her parents resided in Pine Meadow, her sister, Mary Ellen, moved to Avon in later years, and her brother, Raymond, was located in Rocky Hill with his family. Fran and Olaf enjoyed vacationing in South Hero, Vermont, and later bought and renovated a caretaker's cottage there so they could enjoy their weekends and summers up north following Olaf's retirement. After his death, and the death of her sister and father, Fran continued her trips to South Hero with her mother. Together, they experienced many great moments traveling to Vermont and occasionally to Ocracoke Island, North Carolina to visit Fran's brother and his family. After her mother's death, Fran continued to find happiness in her ventures to Vermont, Ocracoke, Oregon, and even Germany. She also made great memories with her sister-in-law, following Raymond's death, when they traveled to Florida to meet up with other family members and friends. Fran had a truly adventurous soul and her family was the centerpiece of her life. In her later years, Fran's health deteriorated and she moved into the Virginia Connolly Residence in Simsbury where she enjoyed quality time with many new friends. She was fortunate to spend her final days at the Torrington Health and Rehabilitation Center, and received extraordinary care from the Davita Dialysis Unit and Charlotte Hungerford Hospital. Fran's family would like to extend their deepest gratitude to all the caring, competent, and compassionate professionals at all these facilities. Fran leaves many nieces, nephews, great-nieces and nephews, and one great-grand niece; her brother-in-law, Jules Vrijmoet; sisters-in-law, Agnes Wren Spencer, Doris Tourville and Joan Tourville; and brother, Richard Tourville. She was predeceased by her brother, Lawrence Tourville. Special mention must be made to her nephew Robert Grahn and his wife Cathy, who were with Fran every step of the way on her final journey. A Memorial Mass will be celebrated at 10:30AM on Tuesday, January 17 at the Church of St. Ann, 289 Arch Road, Avon. Fran's family will receive friends prior to the service from 9-10AM at the Carmon Funeral Home & Family Center, 301 Country Club Road, Avon. Burial arrangements are private. In lieu of flowers, donations in Fran's honor may be made to the Sisters of Mercy, 55 East Cedar St., Newington, CT 06111. To share a memory with the family or offer condolences, please visit