Culgan, Frances

Culgan, Frances

Frances V. Culgan, 96, of Kennett Square, Pennsylvania, died March 14, 2023, at her Kendal home in Longwood Retirement Community. Born in Atlanta, Georgia, she was the daughter of Francis Van der Veer and Isabel Alexander Van der Veer. She was the wife of the late John McDonald Culgan with whom she shared 36 years of marriage.

Frances has spent most of her life in the North, having had homes in Wilmington, Chadds Ford and Kennett Square, but Atlanta and the South have never been far from her heart. Grace and beauty defined her, and a hint of her charming southern accent was always present when she spoke. She was much admired for her kindness, her love of nature, her curiosity and her passion for life as well as her spirituality.

Frances is survived by her three children; Margaret Culgan of Dallas, TX, David Culgan of West Grove, PA, and Jeffrey Culgan and his wife Blanche Diane Stirrat of Oxford, PA. She is also survived by three grandchildren and a great-grandchild. In addition to her husband, she was predeceased by her son, John Van der Veer Culgan.

You are invited to a service of celebration and thanksgiving for the life of Frances at 11:00 a.m. Thursday, March 30 at the Episcopal Church of Advent, 401 North Union Street, Kennett Square, PA 19348. A private interment will follow at Birmingham-Lafayette Cemetery.

Arrangements are by Matthew Grieco of Grieco Funeral Home & Crematory, Inc. (484-734-8100) of Kennett Square. To leave your condolences, please visit


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