Monica G. Defranco, 89, of 207 Grandview Rd., St. Marys, died Friday evening, Nov. 2, 2012, at the Pinecrest Manor.
She was born Dec. 1, 1922 in St. Marys, daughter of the late Ambrose and Mae Kerner Bauer. On June 28, 1948 in the St. Maryâ€™s Church, she married Fred T. Defranco, who survives.
Mrs. Defranco was a lifelong resident of the area and was a graduate of Central Catholic High School, Class of 1940. She was a former employee of Sylvania and a member of the Queen of the World Church.
Mrs. Defranco was the matriarch of the Defranco family. She was the head of the table for pasta dinner and the maker of tradition. She was a lot of things to a lot of people, but she was the heart of her family. She loved to play board games and work on puzzles. She loved watching her children and grandchildren play. She loved her family and her husband fiercely and the world will never be the same without her-- â€śDonâ€™t cry because itâ€™s over. Smile because it happened.â€ť
In addition to her husband, she is survived by two daughters, Chris Ortiz of Latham, N.Y. and Lorraine (Gail) Garbic of St. Marys; a son, Anthony M. Defranco of St. Marys; 10 grandchildren; and 11 great-grandchildren.
Besides her parents, she was preceded in death by a son, David Defranco; two sisters, Grace Bauer and Winnie Schreiber; and six brothers, Paul Bauer, Carl Bauer, Thomas Bauer, Gerald Bauer, Walter Bauer and Eugene Bauer. She was the last member of her immediate family.
A Mass of Christian Burial for Monica G. Defranco will be celebrated in the Queen of the World Church on Tuesday, Nov. 6, 2012 at noon, with the Rev. Michael Ferrick, pastor, officiating. Burial will follow in the St. Maryâ€™s Cemetery.
Visitation is at the Lynch-Radkowski Funeral Home on Monday from 6 to 8 p.m.
Memorials, if desired, may be made to a favorite charity.
Online condolences may be offered at www.lynch-radkowski.com.