Francesca "Fran" Johnnene
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JOHNNENE Francesca “Fran” (Galante) of Readville, age 75, a tireless advocate for the elderly of Boston passed away on December 19, 2015. Beloved daughter of the late Louis V. and Emma (Iadonisi) Galante, sister of Louis M. Galante of Readville and his wife the late Patricia (Adams), Paul M. Galante and his wife Rosemary of Medway. She is survived by her three children, Stephen Johnnene and his wife Ann Marie of Foxboro, Roberta Johnnene of Readville, Phillip Johnnene and his wife Brenda of Fitchburg. Five Grandchildren: Matthew and Olivia Johnnene of Foxboro, Sarah, Ashley and Zachary Myles of Fitchburg. Also survived by her nephews Christopher Galante and his wife Lisa and their children Zachary and Marissa; Andrew Galante and his wife Kelly of Somerville; Anthony Galante, Michael Galante and his son Nate, all of Readville. Survived by three aunts, Annita Green and Lucy McDonald of Dedham, Dorothy Zaccaria of Readville and numerous dear cousins and friends. Fran considered herself blessed to have served the people, particularly the elderly of Boston for over 35 years, in numerous capacities including as the Director of the RSVP program for the Commission on Affairs of the Elderly, host of Hubscapes on BNN TV, Seniors Count on WJIB and Zumix radio; Past President of the Professional Women’s Club of Boston; Past President of Our Lady’s Flowers Club, President of the Hi Parkers; Boston Summerthing Program and other activities too numerous to mention. Funeral from the George F. Doherty & Sons Wilson-Cannon Funeral Home, 456 High Street, DEDHAM Wednesday December 23 at 8:00 A.M. Funeral Mass in St. Anne Church, 79 West Milton Street, Readville at 9:00 A.M. Relatives and friends kindly invited. Visiting hours Tuesday December 22 from 2:00-4:00 P.M. and 5:30-8:00 P.M. Interment Brookdale Cemetery, Dedham. In lieu of flowers donations can be made to St. Anne’s Church, Readville, WJIB Radio, Hyde Park Food Pantry or a charity of your choice. For directions and guestbook gfdoherty.com. George F. Doherty & Sons Dedham 781-326-0500


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Published in Boston Herald from Dec. 20 to Dec. 21, 2015.
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January 7, 2016
Such a kind, gentle soul Fran was. Considerate, helpful, just downright pleasant. Will miss working with her on "Boston Seniors Count" radio program. ----Bob Bittner, Owner of WJIB Radio 740, Cambridge.
Bob Bittner
December 31, 2015
I am sorry to hear of Frans passing. I knew her from
Summerthing and the dedication she had to bring music and
festivities to Hyde Park Children for many years.
I also knew her from her devoted work and help for Senior
Citizens.
She was a wonderful mother to her children and many other people she came into contact with.
She set a wonderful example of caring for everyone all the time.
My thoughts are with her family.
Barbara Baxter
December 28, 2015
So sorry to hear of Fran's passing. I have not seen her in many years, but always have fond memories of her warm smile and positive attitude. Our prayers are with her children, grandchildren and siblings.
With our deepest sympathy and love,
Joanna & Vincent DeCesare
December 23, 2015
So sorry to hear of frans passing....we have been wondering at bingo how she was doing...she will be missed
Paula Mcgarrell
December 22, 2015
It is with heartfelt sorrow that I extend my condolences to the Johnnene family for the loss of a beautiful soul. I worked with Fran for a number of years at the Elderly Commission and considered her to be a friend.She was a wonderful person who was always kind,compassionate and going out of her way to help others. She will always be remembered. May God bless you as you travel this journey, may she rest in peace.
Carliece Hart-Urena
December 22, 2015
Fran was a longtime supporter of Family Nurturing Center and our Welcome Baby program. For over 15 years she collected handmade blankets, hats, sweaters, and other items from retired seniors so we could deliver them in gift bags to Boston families with newborns. She was tireless, positive, and generous, and we adored her. Thank you, Fran, for all the light and goodness you shared in your lifetime. We will miss you.
Valerie Bean
December 22, 2015
She was a bright and caring woman who loved seniors and they loved her. I have watched this colleague for the last thirty years and was frequently inspired by her work and dedication for Boston Seniors.
Leslie Ahern
December 21, 2015
Working with Fran for most of her 35 years in Senior Corps/RSVP programming was both a joy and a privilege. Her untiring efforts on behalf of elders - long before she reached her own Golden Years - touched countless hearts, including mine!
Joan Thompson-Stein
December 21, 2015
Our heartfelt condolences to the family. May your loving memories of the times you shared bring you a measure of comfort now and in the days ahead.
Lewises
December 20, 2015
Roberta, Stephen and Phillip, your Mom will forever be in our hearts. My "second Mom." There are no words to bring you comfort. I know this, however, know you are on my mind and in my heart. I pray for your peace. Please know I am here for you always.
Maria Street
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