PRESTERA Frances C. (Craig) of Boynton Beach, Florida, formerly of South Weymouth and Windsor, Vermont, passed away peacefully at her daughter’s home in Plymouth on July 17, 2012. Fran was born and raised in Vermont and attended both the Austin School for the Deaf and Windsor High School where she was well known for her basketball playing skills. One of 14 children born to the late Ruth “Nanny” Craig of Windsor, Vermont, she remained close to them by attending annual family reunions and especially enjoyed spending time on her sister’s farm in Hartland Four Corners. Well known for her delicious apple pies, Fran and her family spent many late summers apple picking all around New England. After she married Anthony Prestera in 1957, Fran moved to Boston and then to South Weymouth. She worked in the billing department for the New England Telephone Company, retiring after 20 years of service. Fran and her husband were part of a very close group of friends that ensured the success of the newly formed Boston and Quincy Deaf Clubs, where for many years she participated in a vast array of social events. She was an avid candlepin bowler and often was the high scorer on her team. She was also an enthusiastic fan of the Red Sox, Celtics, Bruins and Patriots. She loved to travel with her husband and friends and visited all 50 states as well as many international destinations. An advocate for the deaf, Fran was involved in the Deaf Community Centers in Framingham, MA and Palm Beach County, FL, and also taught American Sign Language at Quincy Community College. In 1997, Fran and her husband retired to the South Coast of Florida, beginning in Delray Beach and then to Boynton Beach. She thoroughly enjoyed her time in Florida, which included singing in the deaf choir and participating in the bible study group at the Barwick Road Church. Fran’s favorite pastimes included playing cards and games with friends and family. She also has a special place in her heart for her dog, Casper. All who had the pleasure of knowing her will sadly miss her. Beloved wife of 55 years to Anthony W. Prestera. Devoted mother of Theresa Ashe of Whitman, Elizabeth Whittaker and her husband Mark of Plymouth and Marie DiVito and her husband Michael of South Weymouth. Cherished “Grandma” of Eric and Jeremy Ashe, Michael, Melissa, Andrew and the late Matthew Whittaker, Ian Maguire and Sara DiVito. She is predeceased by all 13 brothers and sisters. Also survived by many nieces and nephews. Relatives and friends are respectfully invited to attend the visiting hours on Tuesday 4:00 P.M.-8:00 P.M. in the McDonald Funeral Home SOUTH WEYMOUTH at 809 Main Street (Rte 18 opp. So. Shore Hosp.) Relatives and friends will gather in the funeral home at 9:00 A.M. on Wednesday prior to the Funeral Mass in St. Francis Xavier Church, 234 Pleasant Street, South Weymouth at 10:00 A.M. Burial will be private. In lieu of flowers, donations in memory of Frances may be made to the New England Home for the Deaf, Development Office, 154-160 Water Street, Danvers, MA 01923. See www.McDonald-FuneralHomes.com for directions and online condolences.
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Published in Boston Herald on July 23, 2012