Born Francis Elaine Schmidtke, March 27, 1929, in Dearborn, Michigan. Fran passed quietly away at home with her loving husband, Mark Kerneghan, at her side on October 25, 2019.
Fran is remembered, by her many friends and tourists, as the Co-Owner/Operator of Roads End Resort, Store, and the Tenderhouse Restaurant from 1970 to 1995.
Fran’s culinary skills in the kitchen with prime rib, scalloped potatoes, famous prime rib paté and peanut butter pie are fondly remembered by countless resort visitors. Many locals had the privilege of learning the art of proper fine dining as her restaurant employees.
Fran is survived by husband and partner for 21 years, Mark Kerneghan; daughters Patti Stucker and Barb Zimmerman; brother, Bud; sister, Susie; seven grandchildren, James, Kevin, Sandy, Paul,
Nathan, Bob and Debbie; seventeen great grandchildren, and two great-great grandchildren.
Fran was preceded in passing by parents, Frank and Stella Schmidtke; former husband Albert Keegan; infant son James; and sister, Barbara Jump.
A memorial service was held on Saturday, November 2 at noon at the Mt. View Southern Baptist Church, Erskine Creek Rd., Lake Isabella.
The family requests that in lieu of flowers, donations be made to your favorite charity.