Frances Monteleone and George (Ed) Strickland went to Franklin High School together in Los Angeles, California, and both graduated in 1948. During those years Ed was an avid spear fisherman and skin diver. But his greatest enjoyment was playing baseball. In fact, he had a promising career in the Pros. However, during the tryouts in Texas, he chose instead to give it all up in fear of losing his beautiful Italian girlfriend.
So, on February 4, 1951, Fran and Ed were married in Los Angeles at the historic St. Peter’s Catholic Church. They spent their honeymoon at Big Bear Mountain Resort and Baja, Mexico.
Two weeks later, Ed was activated into the military and headed to Mather Air Force Base in Sacramento, California. for two years. After his return, he began a career at Moore Business Forms in Fullerton, California. Fran worked for the Pacific Telephone Company in L.A. while Ed was in the service and afterwards for a short time.
When their children Steve, Felice, and Joe came along, she stayed home and was a wonderful mother to their three little monsters. In 1967, Ed received a transfer “he couldn’t refuse” and the family moved to Logan, Utah. It was hard on the kids who played almost daily in their own pool and regularly went to the nearby beaches. But soon they adapted to the mountains and the snowy winters. Fran went back to work once again as a secretary for the athletic department at USU, which she loved up until her retirement in 1988, after 20 years. Ed worked for Moore’s (which became R.R. Donnelly) until his retirement in 1991, after 42 years.
Both of them have enjoyed playing golf, fishing at Bear Lake, and camping with friends. Fran played cards several times per week at the senior citizen center until COVID hit. They also enjoy going to the kids’ sporting events and Fran, obviously, has been one of the Aggie’s biggest fans, since she took care of so many of the athletes.
The family has always loved getting together with lots of friends for barbecues and of course, Fran’s delicious Italian cooking. The gatherings have slowed down, but hopefully they will have their five grandkids (Tanaua, Toni, Niki, Trae and Michael) their spouses, (Josh, Dennis and Brit) and five great grandkids (Antonia, Arik, Jaxon, Elliot, and Georgie) to share more memories with and whole bunch of laughs.
The “Big Party” was planned with dinner and dancing to their favorite ‘50s music at the Logan Country Club. But that is being postponed for a safer time. They will be renewing their vows however, at a small service which will be held at the St. Thomas Aquinas Church on February 4.