Frances L. Mesirow, 91, passed away, Thursday, March 29

Frances L. Mesirow, 91, of Benton Harbor, passed away, Thursday, March 29, 2018 at her home.

Funeral Services will be held 2:00 P.M. Monday at Temple B’nai Shalom, 2050 Broadway, Benton Harbor, with Rabbi Harvey Spivak officiating.  Burial will follow at B’nai Sholom Cemetery.  Memorials may be made to Temple B’nai Shalom Endowment Fund or Caring Circle Hospice.  Those wishing to sign Frances’ Memory Book online may do so at

Frances was born May 27, 1926 in Washington, Iowa to Joseph & Bertha (Herz) Falk.  She graduated from the University of Iowa School of Nursing.  It was there that she met her future husband, Stanley Mesirow, and they were married September 18, 1949 in Washington, Iowa.  They moved to Benton Harbor in the early 1950s and Dr. Mesirow opened his practice.  Frances tended to her home and family as well as volunteering at Mercy & Memorial Hospitals and at Temple B’nai Shalom.

Frances is survived by her children-Dr. Manuel “Buzz” (Mimi) Mesirow of Olympia Fields, IL, Dr. Robert (Amy) Mesirow of Marstons Mills, MA, Donna (Tim) Hill of Woodinville, WA; seven grandchildren-Michael (Ivy) Mesirow, David Mesirow, Adam (Nicole) Mesirow, Ben Mesirow, Robin Mesirow, Alex Hill, Becky Hill; two great-grandchildren-Judah & Kyla Mesirow; three sisters-Helen (Donald) Polacheck of Fox Point, WI,  Clara “Babe” Hilfman of Washington, IA, Marilyn (Richard) Pereles of Port Charlotte, FL; and several nieces & nephews.  She was preceded in death by her husband Dr. Stanley Mesirow on July 22, 2004, her sister-in-law & brother-in-law Lucile & Bernard Katz, and her brother-in-law Leon Hilfman.

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