Frances Abigail "Frankie" (Polak) Nigrosh

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LONGMEADOW - Frances Abigail (Polak) Nigrosh, affectionately called "Frankie" by her friends and relatives, died at the age of 100 in Longmeadow on Nov. 12, 2012.

She was born Aug. 29, 1912, in Cambridge. Her parents were Henry and Mary Polak of Somerville. She had one sister, the late Priscilla Greenbaum of Brookline.

She married Israel "Skee" Nigrosh, an architect, in 1934, and they lived together for 47 years in a home that he designed in Belmont. After Israel's death in 1982, Frances moved to Easthampton, first to the Lathrop Community and later to Ruth's House and the Jewish Nursing Home in Longmeadow.

They had two children, the late Leon Nigrosh of Worcester and Barry Nigrosh of Northampton.

Frances graduated high school at the age of 15 and attended classes at what is now the Mass College of Art. She worked for many years in banking and loan institutions, pricipally the Cambridge Savings Bank in Harvard Square, where she enjoyed meeting and assisting foreign and American faculty and students.

She was active in Jewish affairs and served as president of the Belmont-Watertown chapter of Hadassah and also of the Sisterhood of Belmont's Temple Beth El, a synagogue that her husband designed. She twice traveled to Israel to perform volunteer service for the Israeli military.

A devoted mother and grandmother, she leaves her son Barry and his wife Ellen Emerson Nigrosh, their children, Max Nigrosh and his wife Lori of Windsor, Conn. and Sam Nigrosh of Chicago, Ill. and Leon and Gale Nigrosh's daughter, Maya Nigrosh of Madison, Wisc.

A memorial observance will be held at the home of Barry and Ellen Nigrosh, 21 Bates Street, Northampton, on Sunday, Nov. 18 at 6:30 p.m.

A public burial service will be held in the Spring at Sharon Memorial Park in Sharon on a day to be announced.

Donations in her memory may be made to Jewish Geriatric Services, Inc., Development Office, 770 Converse St., Longmeadow, MA 01106.

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Published in Daily Hampshire Gazette on Nov. 15, 2012