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1913 - 2013 NORTH ADAMS Frances (Rossi) Siciliano, 100, of 85 Eagle St., died Sunday, April 28, 2013, at Springside Nursing Home in Pittsfield.
She was born in Warren, R.I., on April 19, 1913, daughter of Emilio and Rosa Rossi. She returned to Capriati, Italy, at the age of six months. Her mother died when she was five years old. She returned to the US at age fifteen with her sister, Aida.
Frances was first employed by the mills in Warren, R.I., and then worked in Athol. She came to North Adams and first worked at the former Gale Shoe Co. She was last employed by Sprague Electric Co., where she worked for many years until her retirement.
She was a devoted communicant of St. Anthony of Padua Church and was a member of its Rosary Society and worked at its bazaars. She was a lifetime member of the Sons of Italy.
Frances enjoyed cooking for her family and tending to her flower garden. She enjoyed sewing and knitting, making many sweaters, hats and mittens for the bazaar.
Her husband, Dominic Siciliano, whom she married June 11, 1938, died May 29, 2003.
Survivors include two daughters, Carol Morris and her husband, Kenneth, of Pittsfield and Helen Siciliano and her husband, Andy Zauls of Quincy; one son, Robert Siciliano and his wife, Marie, of Salt Lake City, Utah; a daughter-in-law, Martha Siciliano, of Williamstown; seven grandchildren, Mark Siciliano, Kristine Vail, Michelle Rayner, Brent Siciliano, Jason Zauls, Nicole Boquet, and Danielle Williams; 11 great-grandchildren, Sahana, Malena, Sarah, Ryan, Rylie, Rian, Chase, Samantha, Erin, Andrew, and Sebastian, a niece, Anna Beane and a nephew, Joseph Gagliardi.
Her son, Thomas Siciliano, died in 2008. A sister and a half brother, Aida and Vincenzo and two sisters-in-law are deceased including Anna Baker and Rose Van Patten.
FUNERAL NOTICE: The funeral for Frances Siciliano will be Thursday, May 2, 2013, at 10:15 a.m. from FLYNN & DAGNOLI-MONTAGNA HOME FOR FUNERALS CENTRAL CHAPEL, 74 Marshall St., North Adams, followed by a Funeral Mass at 11 a.m. at St. Elizabeth of Hungary Church. Burial will follow in Southview cemetery. Calling hours at the funeral home will be Wednesday from 5 to 7 p.m.
Memorial contributions may be made to the
or Hospice Care of the Berkshires in care of the funeral home. To send flowers, a gift basket, card or message, please visit www.flynndagnolifuneralhomes.com.
This obituary was originally published in the North Adams Transcript.
Published online on Apr. 29, 2013 courtesy of North Adams Transcript.