Frances Pardee, 71, of Port Orange, died on Friday, December 28th at Halifax Health Hospice after a courageous battle with illness. She was born October 2, 1941 in Danbury, CT, daughter of the late Francis J. Capellaro and Josephine (Aronowicz) Capellaro. She attended St. Peters School and graduated from Danbury High School. Before retirement, Frances worked for many years as a bookkeeper at Davis & Hoyt Insurance in Danbury. She moved to Port Orange in 2000. Frances had many artistic interests and was always working on something creative. When she was younger, she was an avid painter and enjoyed photography. Throughout her life she enjoyed knitting and crocheting, and especially enjoyed making blankets and clothing for her nieces & nephews and their children. When she moved to Florida, she immersed herself wholeheartedly into making pine needle baskets. Many of her creations are proudly displayed at the homes of friends and relatives. Frances was also an avid gardener throughout her life and maintained beautiful gardens at her home in Danbury and in Florida. She was a member of the Palmetto Club for several years. Frances was a funny, kind and caring woman who will be greatly missed. She is survived by a husband, Peter Pardee, of Port Orange, FL; a son, Derek Capellaro, of Sarasota, FL; a sister, Jacqueline Kean, of Port Orange; three brothers, Keith Capellaro and his wife Theresa and Mark Capellaro and his wife Ferne, both of Danbury, CT and Robert Capellaro and his wife Wanda, of Cartersville, GA; a brother-in-law William Kuban, Newtown, CT; several cousins, nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by a brother Gary Capellaro and a sister, Kathleen Kuban. A Memorial Service in her honor will be held Friday, January 11 at Halifax Health Hospice Chapel at 2pm. Friends and family will gather immediately after the service at the LaCosta Village clubhouse. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Halifax Heath Hospice of Volusia/Flagler.
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Published in Daytona Beach News-Journal on Jan. 3, 2013