Francesca Hall, 53
HOLDEN - Francesca Hall (Fran), 53, died on Thursday, April 11, 2013. She leaves an Aunt, Frances A. Pronski-Stephens of Brewster and her beloved dog, Gloria. Francesca was born in Holden, MA, the daughter of Pauline P. (Pronski) Hall and William W. Hall.
She graduated from Villanova University and received her Master's degree in Business Administration. She attended and graduated from Massachusetts Institute of Technology on a NROTC scholarship, earned a Bachelor's degree in Civil Engineering. She also graduated from University of New Orleans and received her Master's Degree in Urban Planning. She was a retired US NAVY Commander, and Navy Deep-sea diver, Attended Surface Warfare Officers School. She was a Navy Reserve Officers' Training Corps (NROTC) instructor at Villanova University. Her Navy travels included tours of duty in Italy, the North Sea, the Philippines, Guam, Japan, Diego Garcia, Rhode Island, Norfolk, Va., San Francisco, San Diego and New Orleans.
Over the past 8 years, Fran has worked for CH2M Hill Constructors Inc., responding to natural disasters from hurricanes, tornados, earthquakes and floods across 12 different states, providing temporary housing for families who lost their homes. Beginning with Hurricane Katrina, she was a key member of the emergency management program team ready to provide program management; temporary housing, design and construction of community sites; mass care emergency support services; and technical services. Fran was instrumental in coordinating, planning and working with FEMA preparing for Mass Care/Emergency Assistance, Feeding, and Sheltering operations.
In her spare time she enjoyed swimming, cheering on the Boston Red Sox and the New England Patriots. She loved animals, especially Boxers and spending time with her beloved Gloria.
A funeral Mass will be held at 2pm on Wednesday, April 17, at Immaculate Church in Owensboro, KY. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to NEADS, Dogs for Deaf and Disabled Americans, 305 Redemption Rock Trail, Princeton, MA 01541 or the Worcester Animal Rescue League, 139 Holden St., Worcester, MA 01606. Funeral arrangements are under the care of Glenn Funeral Home, Owensboro, KY.
Published in Worcester Telegram & Gazette from Apr. 14 to Apr. 15, 2013.