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Sr. Frances Gumino


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Sr. Frances Gumino

Haledon - Sr. Frances Gumino was born on October 16, 1923 in the small town of Pittston, PA, located in the coal mining region and died on September 9, 2018 at age 95 at St. Joseph Provincial Center, Haledon, New Jersey. She was a Salesian Sister for 75 years and served the young as teacher, catechist, school principal, and community Animator in the communities of: St. Michael School, Atlantic City, NJ; St. Michael School in Paterson, NJ (Sr. Frances' own parish and school growing up); Holy Rosary School, Reading, PA; and Our Lady of Mt. Carmel School, Roseto, PA. In 1959, Sr. Frances was transferred to Corpus Christi School, Port Chester, NY. She wrote: "The 8 years I worked side by side with the saintly Fr. Peter Rinaldi, were among the most beautiful in my life." In 1967, she was assigned to St. Anthony School, in Paterson, NJ, and then, as province needs required, Sr. Frances continued to serve at St. Anthony School, Elizabeth, NJ; St. Theresa School, Succasunna, NJ; St. Joseph School, Tampa, FL; St. John Bosco Childhood Center, Woodstock, VA; Our Lady of Grace DRE Program, Johnston, RI; Our Lady of the Lake School, Westport, WI; and St. Steven School, Paterson, NJ. Sr. Frances was also the Delegate of the Salesian Cooperators for many years.

She was a loving and joyful presence wherever she was sent. Students, parents, parishioners, and friends loved her genuine interest in their life, her willingness to help and to comfort and to radiate the tenderness of God to all. In the words of Sr. Frances: "The educational System of Don Bosco based on Reason, Religion and Loving Kindness, which is our special charism is applicable at all times, places and cultures. I thank the Lord and the Blessed Mother for having called me into this wonderful Salesian Family. I thank my Superiors, Sisters, my family, my parents who from heaven have journeyed with me with their prayers and guidance. I am a happy Salesian Sister and I want to spread the joy of loving Jesus to others."

Visiting will be on Wednesday, September 12, 2018 from 2:00-5:00 pm at St. Joseph Provincial Center, 655 Belmont Avenue, Haledon. The Mass of Christian Burial will take place at 5:00 pm at St. Joseph Provincial Center. The Interment will follow after Mass weather permitting. All are invited to the repast.

Funeral arrangements entrusted to the Vander Plaat Memorial Home, 113 South Farview Ave., Paramus. To leave an online condolence or for further information visit www.vanderplaat.com
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