Monique Ceclie Marie Joseph Fox
Born: June 26, 1928 in LeHavre, France
Died: January 8, 2022 in Downers Grove, IL
Monique Ceclie Marie Joseph Fox (nee Prudhomme) passed away January 8th in Downers Grove, IL. Monique was born the eldest child of Paul and Agnes Prudhomme in Le Havre, France on June 26,1928. She was preceded in death by her husband Dennis Fox, her sister-in-law Joan Hrobsky, her brother-in-law G. William Hrobsky, her niece Julie Hrobsky, her brother Paul (Gait), and sisters Brigitte, Bernadette, and Francoise (Yves). She is survived by her sisters Odile, Chantal, Miriam, her two sons Daniel and David (Nina), and nephew Steve. She is also survived by her nephews in France, Dominic, Vincent, Arnaud, Jerome, Patrice and Thierry.
She met her husband as a cryptographer at NATO Headquarters in Fontainebleau, France. Her job was to decipher secret messages. While those messages were secret, the love between Dennis and Monique was not. They were married on August 18, 1954 at St. Sauveur Church in Dinan, France.
Monique was a graduate of LaVictoire High School in France and attended Butler University in Indianapolis. She was employed as a French teacher for several high schools over the years and also worked as a French tutor. She became a member of the French Club at North Central College in Naperville, IL.
Monique was passionate about the arts — going to museums and concerts regularly. She served as a board member of Artists Showcase West, which organized concerts in Downers Grove from well-known Symphonies, chamber Orchestras, and Quartets. Her art interests were likely influenced by her grandfather, Arthur Gueniot, who was a highly regarded painter and sculptor. She was also influenced by her first cousin, Jean Francois Paillard, with whom she played as a child, and who brought Pachelbel's Canon in D from obscurity to renown with the Paillard Chamber Orchestra.
Monique also loved to travel. Her most memorable vacation was a trip to the Grand Canyon with her husband and sister. But she and Dennis loved and visited New Orleans more than any other location. She was also an avid reader, with a particular interest in historical biography and art history.
Monique was a devout Catholic all her life and in her later years took to watching Catholic television religiously. She also loved watching Mass broadcast from different cathedrals around the world.
Monique greatly appreciated the love and affection from her daughter-in-law's family, the Mishra's of California and Arizona.
Her family is grateful for the support provided by her caregivers Nicole, Yvette, Margo, and Rufina intaking care of Monique over the last few years.
Mass celebrating Monique's life will be held at Divine Savior Parish at 6700 Main Street, Downers Grove, IL 60516 on January 14 at 11:00 am.
In lieu of flowers, donations to the American Stroke Foundation and Divine Savior Parish in her honor are appreciated.
Arrangements by Adams-Winterfield & Sullivan Funeral Home. 630-968-1000 or www.adamswinterfieldsullivan.com
Published by Suburban Life Publications from Jan. 11 to Jan. 13, 2022.