Ramonda P. "Ronnie" Franko

Ramonda 'Ronnie' P. Franko, of Falls, passed away Tuesday evening at her home.

Born in Throop, she was a daughter of the late Giammario and Sophia Pasko Equinozzi. She was a graduate of Dunmore High School, where she served as head majorette.

She formerly served as postmaster at the Falls Post Office. She was a member of Corpus Christi Parish, Falls, formerly Church of the Holy Redeemer.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Elmer Franko Jr.; brother, Arthure Equinozzi.

Surviving are daughers, Mrs. Samina Cognetti and husband, Bruno, Falls, and Mrs. Judy Adams and husband, Robert, Dallas; son, Elmer (EJ) Franko III, Falls; grandchildren, Bruno and John Cognetti, Robert Adams, Jesteen Adams and Elaina Cognetti; great-grandchild, Robert Adams III; sister, Mrs. Matilda Gavalis, Uniondale; nieces and nephews.

Ramonda Patricia Franko was young at heart and mind, with an unbelievable sweet tooth. Ronnie sweetened up the special moments in life. A sassy, outgoing woman, she was the motorcycle-driving certified postmaster from Falls.

She kept up a strong fight after being diagnosed with multiple sclerosis in 1972. Determined not to let the disease rule her life, Ronnie overcame her own troubles to be an outstanding family woman and a friend to many. A beloved wife, mother and grandmother, she was a strong, smart and independent woman, strong in her beliefs. A devoted Catholic of Holy Redeemer Parish, Falls, she never lost her faith as she faced her struggles.

A great thanks to all of the caregivers that kept her happy and able to continue to live in her home in Falls. She appreciated all that you did for her and greatly enjoyed the jokes you told her.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held Friday at 3 p.m. in Holy Redeemer Church, Falls. Friends may call at the church from 2:30 p.m. until Mass. Interment will be held in St. John's, Cemetery, Duryea. The family asks that family and friends join them at Memorial Occasions, Main Street, Duryea, after the cemetery services.

Arrangements are by the Bernard J. Piontek Funeral Home Inc, 204 Main St., Duryea.

To leave the family an online condolence or for additional information, visit the funeral home's website at www.piontekfuneralhome.com.

Funeral Home

Bernard J. Piontek Funeral Home Inc.
204 Main Street Duryea, PA 18642
(570) 457-4301

Published in Times Leader on May 3, 2013