|Birth: ||Mar. 9, 1941|
|Death: ||Jun. 14, 2009|
My inlaws & the Wolf family attended the same Church at one time.
Fran was formerly employeed at the Chesterfield Trim Plant (Ford).
As irony would have it I ended up working with her son James at Chesterfield until it closed.
Fran was the proprietor of Fran's Road House Bar.
That is where her murder occurred & was caught on security footage.
She was a Breast Cancer Survivor.
Beloved wife of William "Bob" R. Wolf Jr.
Loving mother of Stan (Kathy), Diane Lawrence and James.
Loving grandmother of Jeff, David, Mark, Brandon and Sean.
Dearest sister of Tadeusz (Danuta) Wozniak.
Owner of Fran's Roadhouse in Warren for 14 yrs.
Visitation Mon. 3-9 PM and Tues. 1-9 PM at Wujek-Calcaterra & Sons Inc. 36900 Schoenherr Rd. at Metro Parkway (16 Mile).
Scripture Service Tues. 6 PM.
Instate Wed. 11:30 AM until 12:00 PM. time of mass at Our Lady of Czestochowa Church 3100 18 Mile Rd. (Bet. Dequindre & Ryan Rd.).
Burial in Poland
Memorials to the Shriners Hospitals for Children or Paralyzed Veterans of America appreciated.
Suspect Arrested In Brutal Murder Of Bar Owner
By Brian C. Louwers
C & G Staff Writer
WARREN — Warren police said Frances Wolf knew the man who killed her.
He was the same man, they said, who allegedly beat her inside of her own bar in April, stole money from her, but eventually was not prosecuted for his actions after Wolf told Warren detectives that she and her attacker had made amends.
That man, William Thomas Dunlap Jr., became the prime suspect in Wolf's death, the end result of a brutal attack inside Wolf's bar, Fran's Roadhouse, on Mound, early on June 14.
Acting on a tip, detectives from Warren and officers from Detroit, the Michigan State Police and the U.S. Marshals Service converged on a home in the 6300 block of Warwick in Detroit, near Ford Road and Evergreen, at about 4 p.m. on June 18, where they took Dunlap into custody without incident. The arrest came less than 24 hours after Wolf's body was discovered partially concealed beneath papers and fabric, lying dead on the floor of the bar's office. She had been fatally beaten and stabbed.
Dunlap was expected to be formally arraigned in the 37th District Court before Judge Jennifer Faunce on June 19 on felony murder charges.
"Based on the evidence so far in the investigation, this is probably the most brutal, vicious murder we've experienced in Warren in many years," Warren Police Commissioner Bill Dwyer told reporters on June 18. "We are saddened by this vicious, violent murder of Frances Wolf."
Police said Wolf, 68, was found dead at about 5 p.m. on June 17 by her sons. The bar was normally closed on Sunday and Monday, police said, and out of concern for their mother's well being after they learned that the bar did not open on Tuesday or Wednesday, the men forced their way in and found their mother dead.
Evidence of the crime recovered at the scene included surveillance video from inside the bar's office that reportedly recorded the attack, a short-handled sledgehammer allegedly used by Dunlap to strike Wolf initially, and a "forked weed-puller" recovered from Wolf's chest, which police said Dunlap used to stab her when she fell to the ground.
"She did resist. She put up a battle to save her life. She was overtaken by the suspect in this case," Dwyer said.
Police said the attack occurred at 3:38 a.m. on June 14 as Wolf was closing the bar. Dunlap was reportedly to accompany her up north to make repairs to a cottage after the bar closed on Sunday morning.
Dunlap was believed to have taken a 9mm handgun from the bar, a gun registered to Wolf, when he fled, but the gun was not recovered by police at the time of his arrest.
Warren Police Lt. Michael Torey said Dunlap told arresting officers that he ditched the gun a few days before he was arrested at what Torey described as a "flophouse" in Detroit.
Torey said Dunlap was the only suspect being sought in the case based on the video evidence.
"(Dunlap) is definitely identifiable by a family member, that it is him," Torey said.
Police said Dunlap had been an acquaintance of Wolf's for some time and that he had an "extensive" criminal record. Dwyer said Dunlap previously served seven years in prison for armed robbery.
Sometime after the alleged incident involving Wolf in April, Dunlap moved into living quarters above the bar with Wolf.
Torey said robbery and some form of narcotics addiction were considered likely motives in the case. An undetermined amount of cash was reportedly taken from the bar's office during the fatal encounter.
Speaking to the Warren Weekly previously for an article about the local economic fallout resulting from the uncertainty in the domestic auto industry, Wolf said the bar — directly across Mound Road from Chrysler LLC's Warren Truck Assembly plant — had seen its business drop by more than 80 percent earlier this year as a result of layoffs and plant shutdowns across the street. She said she bought the establishment in 1995.
Man Pleads Not Guilty In Bar Slaying
Victim Knew Suspected Killer
POSTED: Thursday, June 18, 2009
UPDATED: 10:02 pm EDT June 20, 2009
WARREN, Mich. -- A 44-year-old man was arraigned in 37th District Court in Warren Friday in connection with the death of a local bar owner.
A tip call led police to a house on the 6300 Warwick Road, where they found William Thomas Dunlap. Dunlap and two other people in the home were arrested.
Dunlap pleaded not guilty to charges of open murder, first-degree murder and second-degree murder in Frances Wolf's death. No charges have been issued against the two other people taken in handcuffs from the home.
Wolf is the owner of Fran's Road House on Eight Mile and Mound roads.
Surveillance images from inside the office at Fran's Road House around 5 p.m. captured Dunlap hitting Wolf in the back of the head with a sledgehammer and then stabbing her several times in the chest, police said.
Two of Wolf's children found her on the floor with a small knife still plunged in her chest.
"I need an ambulance. I think there was a murder -- it's my mom at Fran's Road House," Wolf's son told a 911 operator.
Warren police Commissioner William Dwyer told Local 4 it was the most vicious attack he has seen in the city in years.
"I'm in shock. I want to cry because she's always been here," said customer Shelly Amburgly.
The mother of three was a former Ford employee at the Chesterfield Trim Plant.
"She helps everyone. When the plant people go out of work, she lowers the prices, has fundraisers, and gives money to the homeless," said another customer who asked not to be identified.
Police said Wolf, 68, and Dunlap had known each other for a long time. Her family said Dunlap did handyman work for Wolf and he was sometimes allowed to sleep in her apartment above the bar. Recently, Dunlap moved into Wolf's apartment, police said.
"You have a very kind-hearted woman who was brutally murdered for no reason -- by a guy she was trying to help," said her son, James Wolf.
After an altercation about two months ago, Wolf filed charges against Dunlap, claiming he hit her in the head and robbed her, said police. Two days later, she told police she wanted to drop the charges against Dunlap because he had apologized to her.
Dunlap was released from prison seven months ago after serving seven years for armed robbery. Dunlap was released in November and since then he violated his parole four times, Rescue 4 learned.
"He needs to pay for what he's done. If he did this to my mom, God knows who else he's hurt," said Wolf's other son, Stan Wolf.
Police are still trying to find a handgun they believe he stole, and his green 2002 Chevrolet Malibu with license plate No. CAA-7252 was towed from the Detroit home where he was found.
He is being held on a $5 million bond.
No one from Wolf's family was present at the arraignment. Dunlap's brother was there, but left without any comment.
He is expected back in court on June 30.
Hearing Delayed For Suspect In Bar Murder
Prosecutor WILL NOT offer plea, WILL show video evidence
By Brian C. Louwers
C & G Staff Writer
WARREN — The man who police say was recorded on 19 minutes of graphic surveillance video brutally beating, stabbing, and ultimately robbing a 68-year-old owner of a blue-collar Warren bar went back before a judge in the 37th District Court on June 30, where a hearing was adjourned on the agreement of attorneys who continued to pool evidence in the case.
William Thomas Dunlap, 44 and of Warren, appeared briefly before Judge Dawnn Gruenburg for a scheduled preliminary examination on charges of felony murder and first-degree murder in the death of Frances Wolf.
Wolf, the owner of Fran's Roadhouse on Mound, was found by family members beaten and stabbed inside the bar's office on June 17, three days after police said Dunlap was captured on surveillance video hitting Wolf in the head with a short-handled sledgehammer, covering her body with papers, and fatally stabbing her repeatedly with what detectives described as a garden tool.
"There'll be no plea in this case. He murdered her during the time he was robbing her bar," said William Cataldo, chief of homicide in Macomb County Prosecuting Attorney Eric Smith's office. "It's a very graphic video."
Cataldo said the 19-minute surveillance video that captured the beating, robbery and murder inside of the bar's office would be shown to the court during the preliminary examination, now scheduled for July 28, where a judge would consider whether or not enough evidence existed to try Dunlap on the charges in Macomb County Circuit Court. The prosecutor said the video would be shown to a jury should the case go to trial.
Outside of the courtroom, Dunlap's brother declined to discuss the case with reporters.
Defense attorney Tim Kohler said he had spoken briefly with Dunlap, who remained in custody at the Macomb County Jail in lieu of a $5 million cash bond.
"They've charged him with some pretty heinous crimes and he's entitled to a good defense. To the extent he is required one, we're going to provide it to him," Kohler said.
Dunlap was taken into custody at a home in Detroit on June 18, less than 24 hours after Wolf's two sons called 911 after they found her inside the bar.
Police said the murder took place at about 3:30 a.m. on Sunday June 14, after the bar had closed for the night. It was normally closed on Sunday and Monday.
Wolf's sons reportedly went to the bar on Wednesday June 17 where they forced their way in and found their mother in the bar's office.
Police had speculated that robbery and narcotics addiction were motives in the case.
Dunlap had reportedly known Wolf since February and had stayed in a room above the bar since April.
Police said they investigated allegations of a robbery and an assault allegedly perpetrated by Dunlap against Wolf in April, but no charges were filed after Wolf told detectives that she and Dunlap had made amends.
Investigators said Dunlap had an extensive criminal history and that he was released from prison in November after serving seven years for armed robbery.
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