Joyce Ann Franko-Tupper, 71, of Canonsburg, formerly of Rockport, Mass., passed away peacefully Monday, September 1, 2014, in her niece and nephew's home, surrounded by her loving family.
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She was born July 3, 1943, in Canonsburg, a daughter of the late Albert and Anna Petros Franko.
Ms. Franko-Tupper was an active member of St. Patrick Roman Catholic Church, Canonsburg, where she was a Eucharistic minister and active volunteer. She made her life's work out of helping others through the dedicated volunteer work in both her community and her church.
She was a 1959 graduate of the first class of St. Patrick School, a 1963 graduate of Immaculate Conception High School and a 1968 graduate of St. Vincent College. She then served her country with the U.S. Air Force.
On November 19, 1970, she married her former husband, Donald Tupper, with whom she remained close friends.
She was a past vice president of Women's Guild, St. Joachim's Parish in Rockport, chairman of Rockport Housing Authority Commission and active in the Ladies of Charity.
Surviving are her son, Dennis Albert Tupper and his wife, Andrea, of Beverly, Mass.; daughter Christine Elizabeth Tupper of Rockport; two brothers, William C. Franko and his wife, Geraldine, of Dearborn, Mich., Jerome E. Franko and his wife, Cathy, of Buffalo, N.Y.; sister Elizabeth Markovich of North Carolina; a grandchild, Zachary; and several nieces and nephews.
Deceased, in addition to her parents, are brothers Albert Franko and Edward Franko and sister Judith Franko.
Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday in Sollon Funeral Home Ltd., 30 East College Street, Canonsburg, J. David Sollon, supervisor, Phillip L. Sollon, director, where departing prayers will be recited at 10:30 a.m. Thursday, September 4, followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at 11 a.m. in St. Patrick Church, Canonsburg. Interment will follow in National Cemetery of the Alleghenies, Cecil Township, with full military rites accorded by the honor guard of Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 191. Christian Mothers of St. Patrick Church will recite the rosary at 3 p.m. Wednesday in the funeral home.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to St. Patrick Parish, 317 West Pike Street, Canonsburg PA, 15317.
Please visit www.sollon.com to leave condolences.
Sollon Funeral Home, Ltd
30 East College St
Canonsburg, PA 15317
Published in Observer-Reporter on Sept. 2, 2014