East Lyme - Frances (Manocchio) Stavola of Niantic and previously of Wethersfield, died on Friday, May 23, 2014. She lived, loved, and laughed with friends and family through the years at her cottage home in Oak Grove Beach in Niantic.
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Frances was born in Hartford, on Feb. 11, 1925, to Biase and Philamena Manocchio.
She was married to Michael F. Stavola on May 22, 1954, and remained so until his death in 2004.
She was an avid gardener, a talented artist, and adored grandmother. She had an incredible outlook on life finding beauty in the smallest of details and always thankful for the kindness in others.
She is survived by her daughter, Annette Leisure and son-in law, Tim Leisure, of Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla.; her well loved grandchildren, Michael and Keeton (Katie) Leisure. She is also survived by her beloved sister, Dorothy Campanelli; and sister-in-law, Betty Ann Stavola; as well as her many nieces, nephews, and cousins.
The funeral will assemble at 10:15 a.m. on Friday at the Thomas L. Neilan & Sons East Lyme Funeral Home, 48 Grand St., Niantic, and proceed to a Mass of Christian Burial to be celebrated at 11 a.m. in St. Francis Chapel. Interment will be at 10 a.m. Saturday in Mount St. Benedict Cemetery, Bloomfield. Calling hours are from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Shoreline Soup Kitchens and Pantries, PO Box 804, Essex, CT 06426.
Condolence messages may be left on her memory page at www.neilanfuneralhome.com.
Thomas L. Neilan & Sons East Lyme Funeral Home
48 Grand St Niantic, CT 06357
Published in The Day on May 25, 2014