Francis C. Edelen

  • Born: September 16, 1996
  • Died: March 21, 2018
  • Location: Manhattan, Illinois

Kurtz Memorial Chapel

102 E. Francis Road
P.O. Box 129
New Lenox, IL 60451

Tel. (815) 485-3200

Tribute & Message From The Family


Age 21, of Manhattan, passed away unexpectedly, Wednesday, March 21th, 2018 in Champaign County.

Francis is survived by his loving family, legal guardians, Debbie (Tim) Kratovil, biological parents, Michael Edelen and Kimberly Wood, grandparents, John & Amy Wood, Frank Edelen, Marilyn Edelen, siblings, Michael (Shay) Edelen, Danielle (Timothy) Guel, Stephen Wood, Kirby Edelen, Jacob Kratovil, William Hults, Brandon Hults, Hallie Hale, David Edelen, aunts and uncles, Frank Edelen, Mark (Suzy) Edelen, Brian Edelen, John Wood Jr., Danny (Kim) Wood, Marci (Patrick) Starrett, Jonathan Wood, Jason (Rebecca) Wood, Jared (Theresa) Wood, Heather (Victor) Cerda, very special cousin whom he lived with and considered his brother Joshua Kratovil and numerous other cousins.

Francis was an All State Wrestler on the wrestling team at Oak Forest High School where he graduated with honors. He was currently a Junior at the University of Illinois Champaign Urbana and a member of the wrestling team as well. Francis was an inspirational leader with a positive attitude who always managed to put other peoples needs first before his own despite the many obstacles that life put in front of him.

Family will receive friends at Kurtz Memorial Chapel, 102 E. Francis Road, New Lenox, IL 60451 on Sunday, March 25th, 2018 from 2:00 PM until time of the funeral service at 7:00 PM. Interment will be private. In lieu of flowers, donations to the DCFS Youth in College Scholarship Fund would be appreciated. For information or 815-485-3700.


Condolence & Memory Journal


Rest easy Francis, I have so many good memories with you that I will cherish forever. You'll be missed deeply.

Posted by Alissa Tattas - Midlothian, IL - Friend   March 26, 2018


Rest in peace my friend

Posted by Eddie Binol - Oakforest, IL - Friend   March 25, 2018

We are so sorry for your loss. You will be in our thoughts and Prayers.
Fran & Kitty

Posted by Katherine & Francis Weber - Plainfield, IL - Family   March 24, 2018

My sympathy goes to the family. Thinking especially of Kirby and Brian. May happy memories lesson the pain

Posted by Miriam Simerly - Tinley Park, IL - Family Friend   March 24, 2018

I'm so sorry. Prayers

Posted by Sherri Hughs - Trenton, MO - Family   March 24, 2018

Francis was a very special grandson and child. He had such strength of mind and body. It was his strength that inspired his family, made him a leader and led him to great achievements at such a young age. It is hard to grasp that he is gone. His positive spirt and energy will live forever in our minds and thoughts. We have lost a wonderful grandson and a bother to Stephen who will live in our hearts forever. Rest in Peace Francis. Your were so loved.

Posted by Papa, Amy & Stephen Wood - Frankfort, IL - Grandchild   March 24, 2018

Our deepest sympathy... I didn't know Frances personally but my daughter Marianna talked highly about him. There isn't any words that can ease your pain and sorrow but know that your all in our prayers...

Posted by Celia Salazar - New Lenox, IL - Family Friend   March 24, 2018

I am so very sorry for all you. Francis had clearly been a guiding light for so many people that were lucky enough to cross his path. Much Love to you all

Posted by Tami Dieter - Lockport, IL - Family Friend   March 23, 2018


Patrick, Marci and family give our condolences. I remember when Francis was young. He was always happy and enjoyed spending time with his cousins. His spirit transcended all the odd's in his life. Way to go Francis! Peace & Rest.

Posted by Marci Starrett - Overland Park, KS - Family   March 23, 2018

My deepest sympathies so sorry for your loss .

Posted by Gino Malfeo - Henderson, NV - Friend   March 23, 2018