AGE: 77 • Maplewood
Froso Patton, 77, of Maplewood, N.J., passed away peacefully at her home on Saturday, Aug. 31, 2013 in the presence of her son, Parris and his girlfriend Paige.
Visitation will be at 9am, Monday, Sept. 9, 2013 at Ss. Nicholas, Constantine & Helen, 80 Laurel Ave., Roseland, 07068, followed by the funeral service at 10am. She will then be laid to rest next to her husband, Herbert, at Locust Hill Cemetery, 168 N. Sussex St., Dover, NJ. 07801. Memories and condolences may be shares at www.farmerfuneralhome.com
Froso was born in Dover, N.J., along with her siblings, Angela, Helen and Jimmy. Their parents, Constantine and Frances Sinnis, owned and operated Sinnis Market above which the family lived until Froso was six. A customer commented one day on her tall, skinny physique, saying that Froso reminded him of a Tootsie Roll and the nickname "Tootsie" stuck with her for the rest of her life. Froso was an independent spirit with a sparkling personality. She left her home in Dover at the age of twenty to live in Manhattan against her father's wishes. There she found work as a secretary at MacMillan Ring-Free Oil where she met and fell in love with Herbert Patton. They were married in 1965 and had one son, Parris. Froso was a loving mother who provided her son with a solid, moral foundation. She taught Greek school and volunteered at Ss. Constantine & Helen in Orange while holding onto her professional career. Her husband passed away in 1983 and she remained a widow for the rest of her life. Froso encouraged Parris to follow his passion for art and filmmaking and urged him to go to college just five months after Herbert's death. In 1985 Froso was hired by Sandoz Pharmaceutical as an administrative assistant where she was admired for her strong work ethic and professional attitude. She developed a close circle of girlfriends who remained with her after retirement in 1997. She loved spending time with them, whether it was going on bus trips, shopping or simply eating pizza and talking through the afternoon. Froso remained an active volunteer throughout her life. Every week she worked at the Soup Kitchen in Morristown feeding the poor. She was active at St. Andrews Greek Orthodox Church in Randolph where she chaired the Knitting Club which made blankets for babies and single mothers. She was also a member of the Philoptochos and Daughters of Penelope at St. Andrews. Froso will be remembered dearly for her compassion, singular personality and will to live life on her own terms.
She is survived by her son, Parris and sister, Angela.
In lieu of flowers, donations in her memory may be made to the Community Soup Kitchen, 35 South Street, Morristown, NJ, 07960.