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'He was very inspirational' – friends mourn 'Frank'

Frank Lagowski had to use a motorized wheelchair to get around, but that never slowed him down.

“I never once saw Frank feel sorry for himself,” said Rebecca Fritz, director of nursing at the Geneva Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Geneva. “He had a very positive attitude.”

Lagowski died Saturday at the Geneva Nursing and Rehabilitation Center. He was 77 years old.

Despite his disabilities, Lagowski always was on the move, Fritz said, whether that was taking in a Kane County Cougars game or going to downtown Geneva.

He was beloved among the staff at the center, Fritz said.

“He was very outgoing and he was very outspoken,” Fritz said. “He was a very loved member of our community.”

At one time, Lagowski was a live-in employee at the Hotel Baker in St. Charles, which is where St. Charles resident Sandy Anderson met him when she worked there cleaning rooms.

“He was always so upbeat,” Anderson said. “And he never let his disabilities stop him from doing things. He was very inspirational.”

And he was a very giving person, she said.

“He would go to the Fox Valley Mall in Aurora when Marshall Field’s was still there to get me chocolate-covered cherries for my birthday,” Anderson said. “He was a very, very special person.”

A memorial service for Lagowski will be at 10:30 a.m. Saturday at the Congregational United Church of Christ, 40W451 Fox Mill Blvd., St. Charles. Interment will be private.

Memorials may be directed to the Congregational United Church of Christ, St. Charles, in his memory.

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