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Frances Katherine Provenzano

Frances Katherine Provenzano, former Head of Advertising and Design for Cost Plus Imports, artist, mother, grandmother, aunt and friend, passed away at her home in San Francisco on November 2nd, 2018. She was 94.
Born to Sicilian immigrants Carmela Musumeci and Carmelo Manuli in Greenwich, Connecticut on March 23, 1924, Fran was the youngest of four siblings: Fillipa, Phillip and Katherine. She became the first in her family to go to college, receiving her Bachelors degree from Syracuse University in Fine Arts and her Masters in Education from Columbia Teachers College.
As the Head of Advertising and Design for Cost Plus for over 20 years, Fran's bold, witty designs gave Cost Plus the "highly recognizable" style (quoted from the San Francisco Chronicle in 1979) that launched it into the phenomenon it is today. Her designs became synonymous with the company, receiving acclaim for Fran's ability to elevate simple items such as cocktail napkins and wrapping paper to a fine art. Some of her most popular designs include San Francisco manhole cover rubbings, a laughing Mona Lisa series, a running shoe homage, and Queen Elizabeth at a party.
Fran is survived by her daughters Katherine (Joshua Hoover) and Carol (Kenneth Munson), grandchildren Sophia, Stuart and Joseph, nieces Martha, Nicki and Kathie, cherished friends and beloved dog Godiva.
Friends may visit Saturday, November 24th from 1:00pm – 3:00pm at DUGGAN'S SERRA MORTUARY, 500 Westlake Avenue, Daly City.
In lieu of flowers, please make a donation to La Casa de las Madres, an organization dear to Fran's heart. Please also visit https://www.franceskprovenzano.com/


Published in San Francisco Chronicle on Nov. 11, 2018
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