Frances Cutler

Frances L. Cutler Frances Cutler, formerly of Visalia passed away quietly on January 9, 2013 in Portland, Oregon. It was her 95th birthday. Frances was born in 1918 in Hanford, California to Frank W and Emma (Rose) Dutra and lived most of her life in Hanford and Visalia. She relocated to Portland, Or in 2008 to be near her family. She joined the Calaroga Terrace retirement community and lived independently until the last year. Despite leaving her home in Visalia and her many friends, Frances dove into life at Calaroga, joining in the activities and trips and establishing herself as an ardent bridge player. She even enjoyed learning to play shuffleboard. As was her nature, she set a goal to meet and learn the names and stories of most of the residents and she succeeded. She participated in the Catholic services and weekly rosaries and enjoyed functioning as a Eucharistic Minister as she had done for many years in Visalia. Frances was raised in Hanford as the only surviving child in a family who showered her with all their love and affection. She spent countless hours with her maternal grandmother and her three aunts who were known as the Rose sisters. She was said to remark as a small child that if her mother had not married her daddy, she would have had four aunties. After a bout of rheumatic fever, Frances was required to live a quiet childhood and so her aunts engaged her in stamp collecting which became a lifelong hobby. She was very proud of her collection and was an active member of the Visalia Philatelic Society. She enjoyed many other hobbies including travel, photography, bridge, and making scrapbooks with mementos of her travels and her and her family's accomplishments. Frances studied music at Mount St. Mary's College in Los Angles and did graduate work at both UCLA and Occidental College. Her first teaching position was at Alpaugh, California during World War II. She also taught in Visalia and it was during this time that she met and married Frank Cutler who had recently returned from the war. They married in 1947 and Frank took Frances on a three month honeymoon across the United States from California to his native upstate New York and back. They returned to Visalia to establish a home and begin a family. Frances soon established herself as a private music teacher, training many Visalia students in classical music at the piano in her home. She and Frank enjoyed traveling whenever and wherever they could. They continued to tour in America and later visited Japan and many countries in Europe, especially enjoying Italy and Portugal, the countries of their family heritage. Frances continued to travel after Frank's death, visiting Scandinavia, Russia and South America. Frances was very active in the St. Mary's Catholic Parish. She was a loyal and longtime member of Catholic Daughters and a counselor in the Junior Catholic Daughters program. She loved the gatherings, ceremonies and conventions of the organization. She was a tireless volunteer at George McCann School and with scouting while her children were in their young years. In her later years, she became very involved in the Good News Center and lent them her time, energy and expertise in fundraising. As a cancer survivor, she devoted countless hours helping other sufferers with transportation needs. She was a long time member of the Visalia Women's Civic Club and of the Republican Women's Federation. Frances is survived by her son Fred and his wife Mary of Portland, Oregon, her daughter Celine of Coeur d'Alene, Idaho, her granddaughters Regina Cutler, and Leah Cutler and Leah's husband Brett Schaerer as well as her great grandchildren Sophia Schaerer and Henry Schaerer, all of Portland. She leaves behind several generations of cousins, nephews, nieces and friends. A Rosary will be recited Wednesday, January 16, 2013 at Salser and Dillard Funeral Chapel at 6 p.m. and Mass of the Christian Burial will be held Thursday, January 17, 2013 at St. Mary's Catholic Church at 10 a.m. Visitation will be held Wednesday, January 16, 2013 at Salser and Dillard Funeral Chapel from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. Burial at Visalia District Cemetery. Donations in her memory may be made to the St. Mary's Building Fund, the Good News Center or the local . Condolences may be e-mailed to

Published in Visalia Times-Delta and Tulare Adv-Register on Jan. 15, 2013