NEUMANN, Francisca B.
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Francisca B. Neumann, 73, passed away on November 22, 2012 of complications from a serious blood disorder.
She is survived by her husband of 37 years, Rick Neumann, a sister, Margaret Dalis, a brother William Brackenridge, one niece, one nephew and his children and numerous cousins.
Francisca was a 9th generations Californian and a Pasadena
native. she worked with the disabled community at Roosevelt Elementary School, Children's Hospital, and at PCC where she was instrumental in getting the campus modified to serve that population.
She was the founding executive director of Day One, a non-profit that provides drug and alcohol prevention programs for local youths, helped start the Pasadena Police Department's First Offenders Program, was director of outreach for Neighborhood Unitarian Church, and played an active role in the establishment of a new non-profit in Pasadena, Jericho Road.
In addition, Fran was founder and first executive director of four other state-wide professional organizations.
Other local organizations in which she was active include the Diggers Garden Club, the Old Mill in San Marino, both Pasadena and Altadena NAACPs, the Pasadena HumanejSociety and the Boys and Girls Club of Pasadena. She was a director of the Garden Club of America and at the time of her death was a trustee at Descanso Gardens.
Memorial services are scheduled for 1:30 on December 15 at Neighborhood Church, 301 N. Orange Grove, Pasadena.
Published in Pasadena Star-News from Dec. 7 to Dec. 10, 2012