Frances Sarcone Cirulli , 88, a remarkable and larger-than-life wife, mother, sister, daughter, grandmother, aunt and friend, left for heaven surrounded by love on July 2, 2016.
Fran leaves behind a large, grieving but grateful family. She is survived by her husband of 67 years, Armando Cirulli; her sister, Josephine Lalevee (Gainesville); her sister-in-law, Rosemarie Cirulli Considine (Syracuse,NY); children, all residing in Gainesville – Linda Cirulli-Burton (Jim); Debbie Cirulli Chapman (Bob); Joe Cirulli; Dan Cirulli (Brenda Geiger); Ro Cirulli Weaver; Mike Cirulli; and Crissy Cirulli; grandchildren and great grandchildren – Danielle Chapman; Kimmy Chapman (fiancé Matthew Wiley); Ryan Wyrosdick (Chris) and Tyler, Christian, and Cameron; Tara Hill (Tommy) and Sawyer; Nick Cirulli; and Marie Cirulli. She also is survived by numerous nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents and son-in-law, Lee Weaver.
Fran was born on January 29th, 1928, in Elmira, New York to Gennaro and Mary Sarcone. She graduated from St. Joseph’s School of Nursing in Elmira and spent 25 years as an RN at St. Joseph’s Hospital. We often joked that her nursing career, primarily in labor and delivery, was punctuated by her giving birth to seven children at that same location and going right back to work. When she moved to Gainesville, her son Joe put her to work in ReQuest Physical Therapy for several years.
Fran’s indomitable spirit was one of her greatest features. Over the last five years of Armando’s career as a naval officer, he was stationed at the Peace Bridge in Buffalo NY. He came back home every weekend, so it was up to her to carry the weight of raising her children and working. Somehow she managed to be truly great at both. She was on call for her large extended family (her mother had six siblings) and left the house literally around the clock to take care of older relatives, friends and neighbors who needed her compassion and nursing skills. This trait of helping, encouraging and nurturing stayed with her all her life. A prayerful woman, she was also a surrogate mother to countless people who had lost their own moms, a role she embodied with grace and a smile.
A force of nature capable of moving mountains, she leaves spirit, courage, determination and, most importantly of all, love, engraved deeply on our collective hearts.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at Queen of Peace Catholic Church, 10900 S.W. 24th Ave., Gainesville, on Saturday, July 9, 2016, at 11:00 a.m. with Rev. Fr. Jeffrey McGowan officiating. Directly following, a reception will be held at the church. If you wish, please consider a donation to Catholic Charities in her name.
To the Ciruilli family. My thoughts and prayers are with you during this most difficult time in your lives. May your hearts and souls find peace and comfort.
I’m so sorry for you loss. From all your post about your Mom she was a wonderful lady. The best part is that she left you with the greatest memories!! Hold on to them, they can make you smile and think happy thoughts. My thoughts and prayers are with your family.
My thoughts and prayers are with you. Your mom sounds like a wonderful person. I know you will cherish her memory and the legacy she has left behind. God bless and comfort you all.
My deepest sympathies to you and to your family! I know she inspired you in many, many ways and that her kindness and wisdom has always been the foundation of how you live your life.
May God comfort you all during this difficult time. May she rest in peace!
So very sorry to hear of Frans passing. I loved her spirit. She was always smiling. I am praying for your family as this has been a very hard time. Much love Sue Clemens Newman
Cirulli/Weaver families: My sincere sympathy ,to you all, may you find comfort and peace in the memories (that can never be taken from you) that you all have made together. May God wrap his loving arms around you. Many thoughts and prayers your way..May your and Lee rest in peace..love to all..Jackie Gentry
cousin arman and all cirulli family all my cousins even ones havnt met. my heart is so heavy for you all! love you all!
cousins paula and kenny elvington and aunt rose
Ro, Christina, Debbie and your family, May God give you the strength to get thru this difficult time. Just remember, Prayers bring faith, Faith brings hope and Hope brings comfort. God Bless all you and your loving family.
Cirulli family, our thoughts and prayers are with you. Fran was a true gem, and it was an honor to know her.
To Joe, Armando and all the Cirulli family: sending you heartfelt sympathy and condolences during this most saddened time of your lives. May your mom’s legacy leave a mark on your entire family and so her torch will carry on. May God’s Blessings for Fran have her rest in peace and bring comfort to your family. Thoughts and prayers for your family will abound you in love and Faith. God Bless and Keep You.
Joe and Linda,
My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.
You guys are in my thoughts during this hard time… I cherish the absolutely hilarious experiences I shared with this firecracker! She was truly one of a kind! We are all so lucky to have known her.
There was nothing better for your heart and soul than a Francis smile and hug! Francis was the complete package! She made the world a better place. Loving thoughts/prayers to the Cirulli Family! YOU define family!