Frances Gentile

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Gentile, Frances F.
Frances F. Gentile, age 88, of Fairfield, beloved and devoted wife of the late Fred J. Gentile for 61 years, a resident of Fairfield entered into eternal rest after a long illness on Thursday, July 4, 2013 in the home of her daughter with her daughter at her side. A Bridgeport resident for most of her life, she lived for the past 18 years in Fairfield at the home of her daughter, Mary Ann. Frances also known to family and friends as "Fudge" was born in Bridgeport on October 18, 1924, the daughter of the late John and Carmella Tedesco Mastronardi. She attended Central High School in Bridgeport and then worked in General Electric on Boston Avenue during World War II, supporting the war effort as Line Leader, making military equipment for Armed Services. Frances also worked, for 13 years, as manager For Womrath's Card and Gift Shop in the Bridgeport Lafayette Mall. She was deeply religious woman and an active member for many years in St. Raphael's Altar Guild, St. Raphael's Ladies' Guild, and the St. Therese of the Child Jesus Society. When she moved to Fairfield, she became a member of Holy Family Church and then St. Pius X. Frances enjoyed crocheting and donated her afghans to many church functions and many charitable organizations who auctioned off her intricately detailed afghans. Also she was an incredible cook who regularly delivered meals to many friends, relatives and neighbors and who continually donated food and clothing to the poor and needy. She was a kind-hearted, caring and incredibly generous women who will be missed by many. A person is never so tall as when she stoops to aid someone who needs help… this was Frances Gentile. She lived vicariously through her children and grandchildren with whom she was so proud and continually encouraged them to study hard and to reach for the stars. She will desperately missed by her devoted family, daughter Mary Ann Valovcin Hauge and her husband Marston of Fairfield, son Dr. Anthony Gentile and his wife Sheillah of Schererville, Indiana and cherished grandchildren, David F. Valovcin of Easton and Evan Gentile of Schererville, a sister Rose Russo of Trumbull and many nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her parents and siblings Joseph Mastronardi, Peter Mastronardi, Anthony Mastronardi and Philomena Federico. Her memory will be embraced as a devoted wife, loving mother and grandmother, and caring friend to all who knew her. The family would like to thank her nurses Rene Moye, Fay Willett and Sue Ericson who were patient, kind, attentive and committed to her care. Funeral services will be held on Monday at 9:45 AM in the Lesko & Polke Funeral Home, 1209 Post Road in the Fairfield Center and 10:30 AM at St. Pius X Church Brookside Dr., Fairfield with burial to follow in St. Michael's Cemetery. Friends may greet the family on Sunday from 3-7 PM. To sign her online guest book, order flowers or travel directions, please visit


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Published in Connecticut Post from July 5 to July 7, 2013
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