Francesca Luciana Ferrari Rojas Tijerina Martino
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MARTINO, Francesca Luciana Ferrari Rojas Tijerina 23, died Monday, Oct. 19, 2009. She is survived by her parents, Richard and Cecilia; her sister Alejandra of Largo; her grandmother, Dorothy Martino of Brockway, PA; plus several cousins, aunts and uncles across the United States. She came from a loving, close knit family and extended family. She was vibrant, energetic, full of life and constantly busy learning and enjoying life. Challenging herself was a constant desire. She purposely sought out classes and activities that pushed her limits both mentally and physically. She experienced more in her 23 years than most of us experience in a lifetime. She loved to travel, and wanted to see not only the world, but beyond. She touched the lives of countless hundreds of friends and strangers alike. She is loved by all she met. Viewing will be on Friday, Oct. 23 from 5-8pm at the Cathedral of St. Jude the Apostle, 5815 Fifth Ave. N, St. Petersburg. Funeral Mass will be Saturday, Oct. 24 at 11am, also at the Cathedral of St. Jude the Apostle. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Francesca Martino College Fund.

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Published in Tampa Bay Times on Oct. 22, 2009.
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November 9, 2020
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Shannon Darcy
August 24, 2012
i never knew her /feels i do / shes the lady that touched hearts [ from what i read] and that is an everlasting thing few people have got to have in today's world we live in,,,its true God has a plan what that plan is,sorry to say only he knows the answer to it. Richard & Cecilia Martino only you know the loss of a child....and maybe, just maybe its another part of Gods plan for us all,,,, The Love Of a Child
Joe Muise
October 23, 2010
God Bless - May His arms comfort you in your time of loss and strengthen you in His Holy Name.
cynthia pantoja
October 23, 2010
I stumble on to this obituary - I wanted to send my condolences and prayers to you and your family. God Bless - Cynthia Pantoja
cynthia pantoja
October 19, 2010
Francesca, I miss and love you so much
Tia Debbie
May 1, 2010
Congratulations! Francesca Luciana Martino met all requirements for her Bachelor of Science degree in Aerospace Engineering (aka rocket science). She had already completed 200 credits when it takes 120 credits to graduate. She will be honored at a special ceremony at the 2010 Spring Graduation of Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University where her parents will be proud to accept her diploma. She was majoring in aerospace engineering, aerospace studies, and minoring in mechanical engineering, mathematics, human factors (ergonomics) and psychology, while interning at NASA.

Celebrating a life well lived. We will cherish the memories forever.
Debbie Tijerina
March 28, 2010
Just checking in on you...Miss you today as much as ever.
December 14, 2009
My deepest condolences to the family on your loss. My prayers are with you.

May God always be looking over your shoulder.
Katherine Dunn
November 21, 2009
My dear cousins,
My time around Francesca was sparce and yet she always left me thinking of my own experiences. When I was around her it felt like we had spent lots of time together. I greatly admired her warm and out going nature. I also worked at NASA, Johnson Space Craft Center during my youth (mid 70's last three Apollo flights). I loved every minute of it as I know Francesca did.
My heart stopped the moment I heard of her death and I still feel the hurt today. I can only hope that you can find peace in Gods will and comfort in all of the praise Francesca has received. God speed to all of you and all my love.
Sonny Rojas
November 10, 2009
It is a mystery why one so loved and loving was taken so soon. God promised us that the mysteries of the world will be revealed to us. That means one day we will know what His plan was with this lovely young woman. My heart aches for your loss but my heart rejoices that she lived life to the fullest and gave her family and her friends such joy.
Trish (minipearljam) Coleman
November 8, 2009
My thoughts and prayers are with you in your time of grief. May your memories bring you comfort.
Foxredplay(a friend from pogo)
November 6, 2009
My heart goes out to your family. I wish I had the perfect word to make all the heartache go away, but there is no word that can make it all better. I know she is fulfilling her dream in a place no astronaut could ever go. God will take care of your little angel until the day you meet again. I pray God will give your family a peace. Keep her living in your thoughts and memories. May God Bless you all!
Tracey Darnell
November 2, 2009
My heart aches as I write this to you - not sure if you would receive it or not. Francesca has been on my heart for a little over 3 months. Our son, Tyler loves Space. He will be 7 on November 5th - I had found her name when I was inquiring about local Astronauts.

For the past 2 years we have had 2 Astronauts send him a personal letter, a picture of themselves, and a word of encouragement... I had saved Francesca's name and information so I could research her a little bit and send her a note asking her if she would take a few minutes to do the same as a birthday gift from his Dad and I.

I waited too long - when I opened the news paper, I was so saddened with grief that she had passed away... I had never met her - yet I was filled with emotion. Maybe because I let too much time go by? Maybe I wish I had contacted her and let Tyler maybe meet her one day - or, maybe God was protecting us from having to meet her and explain her death to a 6 year old...Thinking of you all - an inspiration to many. God Bless - The Huth Family -
Amy Huth
October 28, 2009
I am so sorry to hear about your loss. A 23, life is so full of promise and the future. Francesca obviously was the essence of many great things, only to be drawn away from us so quickly. While your hearts are heavy with sorrow, I am certain that your memories are full of joy. Cherish the love of family and friends and seek solace in their care. Hold dearly to those memories. My prayers are with you all and with the beauty of Francesca.
Lynn Mercer
October 27, 2009
Please accept my deepest and most sincere sympathies for your loss. I only knew Francesca for a (too) short time, but the conversations that we shared about NASA & the Air Force (my past & her future) will remain with me always. Go with God, and be at peace, always, my Friend. You are missed so dearly here, but we know that your new journey has just begun.
Steve Holmes
October 25, 2009
Cecelia, Richard and Alejandra,
Our deepest sympathy to you at this very sad and difficult time. I will always remember Francesca as a beautiful and sweet little girl from Sacred Heart. Our prayers and thoughts are with you.
Andrea & Dom Viola
October 23, 2009
Cecilia,Richard,Alejandra and extended Families-I don't know what words to say to you at this diffcult time..our prayers and our tears go out to you..we share in your sorrow and loss..we know that Francesca had that "ROJAS" blood in her, very caring and loving to others..My thought to you..Remember: GOD Brings Us To This; and God Brings Us Through This..Amen..
Love You All,
Your Cousin,
Rosie Ortega "ROJAS" Camacho &
Alex Camacho, Beeville,TX(Rojas Hometown)
October 23, 2009
The Lord has taken her by the hand and is leading her to the place where you will see her again.
October 23, 2009
My deepest sympathies...from a sister of Sigma Sigma Sigma in New Jersey
October 23, 2009
I will to provide my thoughts and prayers for the loss of Francesca. I worked with here at Kennedy Space Center and she was so full of energy and was doing what she truly loved. Her smile and enthusiasm will be sorely missed.
David Hartman
October 23, 2009
Francesca will be missed by many here at the Kennedy Space Center where we had the pleasure of working with her. I created a BLOG which will remain in her honor for those that wish to post a memory or share photos - it can be found at May the peace of Christ be with the family and all who knew her.
Tom Crowell
October 23, 2009
I first met Francesca and some of her family during “KSC Open House” I could here the pride in her mom’s voice as we spoke. I can only think how brighter heaven must now with her presence…God Bless!
October 23, 2009
To the Martino family, I am truly sorry for your loss. I just met your daughter this semester while working as a fellow co-op at the Kennedy Space Center. No matter how short the time is that I have known her, she is not someone that I will ever forget. She was a very vibrant passionate woman and she will be deeply missed. Francesca and your family will be in my prayers.
Ashley Stockbridge
October 22, 2009
Family of Francesca: I am from Brockway, Pa. and know Dot Martino
granmother of Francesca, I would like to give my deepest sympathy
for your loss,.. didnt know Francesca, but from reading her obituarie
and the write up she was quite the achiever and a beautiful girl..
She is safely home..

God Bless.
Joni Clover,
Brockway, Pa.
October 22, 2009
Dearest Martino/Tijerina (Cecilia) Family, It is with such heartfelt condolences that I send you this message. May the Lord give you the peace and strength you will need in days and years to come. Although I can't remember the last time I last saw you Cecilia or your daughter Francesca but just knowing that she was a "Tijerina" says it all. The love and kindess is well described and although I did not know Francesca in her adult years she must have been a beautiful young lady and that is how you must always remember her. Rest assured that her "Momo" Tijerina welcomed her into the kingdom of heaven with open arms along with our Lord Jesus Christ. Them two will look down unto your family and will take care of you until you reunite again. All my love and prayers are with you and all your family and May the Good Lord help you through this rough trial and give you guidance now and always. From the bottom of my heart again my sincere condolences.
Lupe Galvan Serna
October 22, 2009
Richard and Cecilia, Bob Bray alerted me to this sad event -- every parent's worst fear. My heart goes out to you from afar. I can't imagine. She sounds like you brought up a wonderful young woman and you will surely cherish the memories of those 23 years.
John Sohl
October 22, 2009
With our deepest sympathies during this difficult time.
She was a beautiful and loving person.
Francesca and your family will be in our prayers.
The Iglesias Family, Roberto, Vivi, Pablo SPCHS Class of 1999; Mariano SPCHS Class of 2000 and Gabriela SPCHS Class of 2011.
Vivi Iglesias
October 22, 2009
Francesca's Family: My sisters and I are deeply sorry for your loss. Francesca was a beautiful woman and friend, and an amazing member in ERAU's Greek Community. She was a great sister and person, and she will be missed. Stef, Theta Phi Alpha, ERAU Alpha Tau Chapter
Stef G
October 22, 2009
To the Martino family, We were deeply saddened to hear of the death of your daughter, Francesca. We rememeber watching your two little girls growing up at Sacred Heart Church. Our thoughts and prayers are with you at this most difficult time.
Daniel and Beverly Moslek
October 22, 2009
Richard,Cecilia and Alejandra I;m so sorry about your loss. You and your family are in my thought and prayers. I know that this is a ruff time for you right now, if there is anything you ever need i;m just a phone call away,
Torry Bain
October 22, 2009
Cecilia, Richard, Alejandra and family - Please accept our deepest sympathies. Our thoughts and prayers are with you during this time of sorrow.
The Amato Family Charlie, Deb, Joe, Tommy, Jimmy and Angie
October 22, 2009
Cecilia, Richard, Alejandra (and family) - Our family is blessed to not only know all of you and count you as friends, but to have enjoyed Francesca's laughter, energy, humor, and love of life! She always took such good care of my two kids when she babysat and she did a great job dog-sitting for us too. We have fond memories of her and are sorry that we will not be graced with her presence and light here again here on earth. We we will miss her until we see her again someday, but we'll always think of Francesca as we look to the sky as she has no doubt reached heaven and is now God's brightest star! May you all find peace and comfort in the love and memories you shared with your wonderful daughter and sister, and in the hugs and prayers of your family and friends, and above all, in our Lord and Savior. Con mucho carino, The Nichols Family
Angie Nichols
October 22, 2009
My deepest sympathy to your family during this difficult time. I will keep you in my prayers and ask our Lord to hold you in a special place.

Jan Duckro
Sacred Heart Parish
October 22, 2009
A beautiful life taken to soon. Heaven has another angel. We will miss you Francesca. You're vibrance and loving personality touched more people than you could ever know. Although we may have lost touch, you were always in my heart, as you will be forever.
Becca U
October 22, 2009
Richard, Cecelia, Alejandra & extended family - words cannot express how sorrowful I feel about the loss of Francesca. I remember so many times of the girls growing up through school and girl scouts. She was a beautiful girl.
May God give you the strength in the coming days. She is with him and will forever be in our hearts. God bless you all.
Helen Gauvey
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