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Francesca J. Springer

1927 - 2019 Obituary Condolences
Francesca J. Springer Obituary
NEW CASTLE - Francesca J. Springer, of New Castle, passed peacefully at Evolve at Rye on Sunday, May 12, 2019, at the age of 91, surrounded by her three children. Fran was born on July 21, 1927 in Haverhill, Mass., the daughter of Anna (Carleton) Judkins and Francis A. Judkins.

Fran graduated from Haverhill High School in 1945, and then from Smith College with a B.A. in economics in 1949.

Upon graduation, she was employed as an assistant buyer in the millinery department at Jordan Marsh in downtown Boston. She shared an apartment on Beacon Hill with other young women who were friends and recent college graduates. It was there that she met the love of her life, Lieutenant Clinton H. Springer, USN, the best friend of the fiancé of one of her roommates, who was stationed at the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard. They were married on June 15, 1952 and took up residence at their first home in New Castle.

They then moved to Tarrytown, N.Y. for a brief period followed by sixteen years in Stamford, Conn., where they raised their three children. Fran was active in school, church and community organizations. Every summer the family spent time at Fran's family's beach house in Hampton, where she had summered since she was young.

Fran and Clint returned to New Castle in 1971 when their children were teenagers. In addition to being a fantastic mom, Fran became part of the New Castle and Portsmouth communities, including the New Castle Congregational Church, United Way, the Portsmouth College Women's Club and the Smith College Club. She had a life-long love of tennis and all Boston sports teams, but especially the Boston Red Sox and her hero from youth, Ted Williams.

Fran and Clint were a devoted couple who sat and talked each evening in their home in New Castle, looking out at the water or in front of a fire. They traveled extensively after retiring in 1987. She enjoyed her four grandchildren as they came along. The beach house was a touchstone of her life and she especially enjoyed time there with her extended family and friends, particularly once the grandchildren were born.

Everyone who met Fran remarked on her kindness and graciousness. All were made to feel welcome and she never said an unkind word about anyone.

The Springer family would like to thank the devoted and caring staff of Evolve at Rye for all of the love and kindness they gave to Fran for the last years of her life, as well as to Beacon Hospice for their assistance on her final journey.

Fran was predeceased by her sister, Betty Judkins Ayer, by her brother, Bradley C. Judkins and by her husband, Clint Springer. She is survived by her three children, Curt, Betsy and Jon Springer; her son in-law Larry Schembri; her daughter in-law Karen H. Springer; her four grandchildren, Cam Springer, Alicia Springer, Joanna Schembri and Frankie Schembri; and by five nieces and nephews and their children and grandchildren.

SERVICES: A memorial service will take place at the New Castle Congregational Church, 65 Main St., New Castle, N.H., on Monday, May 20, at 11 a.m., followed by a reception. Fran and Clint will be interred at the Riverside Cemetery in New Castle on Saturday, June 29, at 11 a.m.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the , 225 N. Michigan Ave., Fl. 17, Chicago, IL 60601 or https://www.alz.org. For online condolences, visit www.jvwoodfuneralhome.com. Arrangements are under the direction and care of the J. Verne Wood Funeral Home – Buckminster Chapel.
Published in Seacoastonline.com from May 15 to May 18, 2019
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