Frances Jane (Calliss) Hamilton-Calcaterra

Sep 8th, 1921 - Sep 18th, 2017


Johnson-Hughes Funeral Home

Fri, Sep. 22nd, 2017 9:00 AM ~ 11:00 AM


Johnson-Hughes Funeral Home

Fri, Sep. 22nd, 2017 11:00 AM


San Carlo Cemetery

Fri, Sep. 22nd, 2017

Frances Jane (Calliss) Hamilton-Calcaterra

Herrin- Frances Jane Calcaterra, 96, of Herrin passed away at 10:16 AM, Monday, September 18, 2017 at Herrin Hospital.

She was born on September 8, 1921 in Herrin to Otis and Christine (Hall) Calliss. She graduated from Herrin High School in 1941. She was married to Jack Hamilton from 1948-1960. She later married William “Bill” Calcaterra on April 15, 1978 in Herrin. They were married for 32 years until Bill passed on January 22, 2010.

Frances worked as a shipping supervisor at Smoler Brothers in Herrin for twenty years until her retirement. She was a member of Our Lady of Mount Carmel Catholic Church in Herrin and served as President Regent of the Daughters of Isabella for several years and also volunteered for other activities around the church. Frances was also civically active as she delivered food to others through Meals on Wheels and worked many hours at the Herrin Food Pantry, Williamson County Child Advocacy Center and the Herrinfesta Gift Shop.

In her spare time, she enjoyed travelling, reading, working word puzzles, watching old Westerns and volunteering her time. Most importantly, she had a great love for her family and friends. Frances was loved and respected by all who knew her. She will be truly missed.

Survivors include-

Daughter- Jo Donna and Kim Van Keeken of Limmen, Netherlands
Son- Neal Hamilton and wife Sandy of Paducah, KY
Daughter- Eva Benns and husband Paul of Herrin
Daughter- Janet Hamilton of Herrin
Tony and Agnes Jackson of Orfordville, WI
Aimee and Eric Braun of Red Bud
Melissa and Scott Borders of Ft. Campbell, KY
Alexis and Gus Stallman of Murphysboro
Ian and Alissa Hamilton of Murphysboro
Great Grandchildren:
Trisha and Isaac Sneed
Ethan Benns
Madison and Grace Borders
Benjamin and Milo Jackson
Coreynne Stallman, Eva Braun and Gwendolyn Hamilton
Great Great grandchild due in November- Maximillian Sneed
Several nieces and nephews

She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, daughter- Janie Lou Hamilton, brothers- Wendall and William “Bill” Calliss and grandson- Corey Hamilton.

A funeral service will be held at 11:00 AM, Friday, September 22, 2017 at Johnson-Hughes Funeral Home in Herrin. Monsignor Ken Schaefer will officiate. Burial will follow at San Carlo Cemetery in Herrin. Visitation will be from 9:00 AM until time of service, Friday, at Johnson-Hughes Funeral Home in Herrin.

Memorial donations are suggested to the Williamson County Child Advocacy Center and will be accepted at Johnson-Hughes Funeral Home/ 201 S. 13th St/ Herrin, IL 62948. For more information or to sign the memorial guest register, please visit

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4 Guestbook Messages

  • Guest: Annette Branche

    From: WEST FRANKFORT, IL , Illinois

    Date: September 19, 2017

    Rest in Peace Ms.Frances.Loved coming to visit you with your daughter Janet.You were always warm and sweet to me.I God’s Grace.Annette Branche.

  • Guest: Mark and Sara Emery

    From: Herrin, Illinois

    Date: September 19, 2017

    Francis will surely be missed by all who knew her. She was the most pleasant and sweetest lady ever! Rest in peace.

  • Guest: John and Carol savenko

    From: Amarillo, Texas

    Date: September 21, 2017

    Draw your streangth from the Lord

  • Guest: Lori and Tom Schmider

    From: Carterville, Illinois

    Date: September 21, 2017

    Our sympathy to you Jo and your family