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Franca Lombardini Carr

SOUTH BURLINGTON/ANCHORAGE, AK - Franca Lombardini Carr passed away peacefully on July 1, 2018 with her loving family by her side.

Franca was born in Genova, Italy on September 6, 1933 to Garibaldo and Luigia Lombardini. In 1936, her family emigrated to Asmara, Eritrea which would remain her forever home. Speaking five languages, Franca began her working career as a telephone operator/ interpreter for the US Army Installation, Kagnew Station. In 1955, Franca decided to spread her wings and became a flight stewardess for Aden Airways. It was in Aden, Saudi Arabia where she met the love of her life David Vincent Carr and they were married on December 26, 1960.

They spent the next 15 years raising a family and living in many areas of the US including Vermont. In 1975, Franca started a new career as a floral designer for Forsyth South in Shelburne. In 1986, Franca and David became full-time RVers, spending summers in Vermont. It was at this time that Franca found her true passion as a docent for The Shelburne Museum. The museum staff became Franca's "second family" and an integral part of her life until her retirement in 2018.

Franca is survived by her son Matthew and daughter-in-law Lori Carr, her daughter Marita and son-in-law David Airoldi, grandchildren, Hali Carr, Emily Barkley, Michaela Frazer, Joseph and Gina Airoldi, her sisters, Amedea Magherini, Rita Lombardo

( Pietro), her sister in-laws, Silvana and Marilyn Lombardini, her brother-in-law James Carr (Charlotte), her sister-in-law Mary Carr Melkonian, many nephews, nieces and friends. Franca was predeceased by David in 2006.

The family would like to express a special note of appreciation to Kathy, Sheila, Dick, Judy, and Patti for their friendship and support of Franca during her remaining days.

A memorial Mass will be celebrated at St. John Vianney Catholic Church, 160 Hinesburg Road, South Burlington, VT on Saturday August 11th, 2018 at 10:30 a.m.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Shelburne Museum, P.O. Box 10, Shelburne, VT 05482. Gifford Funeral Home, 22 Depot Street, Richmond, VT is assisting with arrangements.
Published in The Burlington Free Press on July 12, 2018
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