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.
Published in Tampa Bay Times on Oct. 22, 2009.