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Frances Douglass Silleck
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Birth: Oct. 26, 1913
Lake Placid
Essex County
New York, USA
Death: Jul. 5, 2006
Lake Placid
Essex County
New York, USA

Business woman, philanthropist, loving mother and grandmother, Frances Douglass Silleck ("Fran") was the daughter of the late Frederick H. Douglass (1884-1963) and Anna Disco-Douglass (1889-1974). She married H. Garrison ("Garry") Silleck (1904-1984) of New York City in St. Agnes Church of Lake Placid on Oct. 16, 1948. Garry was the son of H. Garrison Silleck Jr. (1870-1962), a lumber magnate from Bronx County, New York City, and Amanda Elizabeth "Lizzie" Ruppert (1878-1952) of New York City, daughter of beer magnate, Jacob Ruppert Sr. (1842-1915) and Anna Gillig-Ruppert (1842-1924). Frances was his fourth wife who raised his only child, Joan Willets Silleck-Wheelwright-Schneider.

Frances was predeceased by two brothers, Roderick W. Douglass (1917-1996) and Gerald K. Douglass (1925-2003); two sisters, Gladys Douglass-Swift (1908-1974) and Marie Douglass-Goodsell (1910-1987). She and Garry had no children, but she had a step-daughter, Joan Willets Silleck-Wheelwright-Schneider (1931-2003, former wife of designer Roger Oakley Wheelwright) from her husband's previous marriages (two) to Adelaide Willets Slosson of Greenwich, Connecticut. Mrs. Silleck is survived by one brother, Frederick H. Douglass Jr. of Camarillo, CA.; and nieces, nephews and step-grandchildren including Cathy, Lisa, Nancy and Richard Garrison Wheelwright of Jupiter, Florida.

Mrs. Silleck was a graduate of Lake Placid High School, Class of 1931, and the Mildred Elly Business College in Albany, N.Y. During the summer Olympics of 1932, at the age of 19, she served as a personal assistant to Count Henri de Baillet-Latour (1876-1942), third president of the International Olympic Committee. She managed the Lake Placid Real Estate and Insurance Agency and was on the boards of the Lake Placid Memorial Hospital and Uihlein Mercy Center. Mrs. Silleck was an avid sportswoman, a supporter of many local charities and well-known for her remark, "Remember to keep the tread in your tires."

Donations in her memory may be made to either of the Frances Douglass Silleck Trusts: Adirondack Community Trust (2284 Saranac Avenue) and Uihlein Mercy Center (185 Old Military Road), both of Lake Placid, New York 12946.
--- K. Jacob Ruppert, New York/New Orleans. 
 
Burial:
Saint Agnes Cemetery
Lake Placid
Essex County
New York, USA
Plot: Private
 
Created by: K. Jacob Ruppert
Record added: Jul 10, 2006
Find A Grave Memorial# 14874717
Frances <i>Douglass</i> Silleck
Added by: K. Jacob Ruppert
 
Frances <i>Douglass</i> Silleck
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- ghost girl
 Added: Mar. 4, 2008
Now I know where to keep my thread! Rest in great peace and eternal happiness Mrs. Silleck.
- W. R. L.
 Added: Aug. 11, 2007

- Lorraine Blake
 Added: Feb. 10, 2007
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