Former Eagle Managing Editor Fran Stahl dies at 75

Former Marco Eagle Managing Editor and columnist Frances “Fran” Stahl died recently at her Marco Island home. She was 75.

She leaves behind her husband of 54 years, Francis (Fanny) Stahl.

A Maysville, Kentucky, native, Stahl worked as a journalist for her entire career, and was active with the Eagle in the late 1980s and early 90s.

Former Eagle publishers Sandi Riedemann (for the past 14 years executive director of the Marco Island Area Chamber of Commerce) remembers Stahl as a woman who had a sense of fair play, and who was an exceptional light column writer.

“She could bring stories to life,” Riedemann said.

Stahl also worked briefly with Riedemann’s successor on the Marco Eagle, Cheryl Ferrara.

“Fran Stahl had a close relationship with the community during her years as managing editor,” Ferrara said.

“Although the Marco Eagle was changing ownership during her tenure, she led the editorial department through the transition. She counted many friends among her colleagues.”

A funeral home in Stahl’s hometown was to handle arrangements and services.

In a tribute to Stahl written by the Ledger Independent of Maysville, she was acknowledged as having a flair for news reporting as well as feature writing in a column called “Reflections.”

According to Stahl’s obituary, she worked for the Daily Independent, The Mirror, The Ledger Independent, and the Eagle.

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