Jane "Jennie" Francis, 93, of Silver Creek Terrace, St. Marys, formerly of Johnsonburg and St. Marys, died Thursday morning (Oct. 11, 2012) at the Elk Regional Health Center, St. Marys, following a brief illness.
She was born on Sept. 3, 1919, in Johnsonburg, the daughter of Stephen and Grace Scrivo Vavala. She married William "Bill" Francis on March 6, 1943; he died in August of 1986.
She resided in the community of St. Marys for the past three years, had lived in Johnsonburg from 1987 to 2009 and had lived in St. Marys prior to 1987. She graduated from the Johnsonburg High School in 1938. She was employed by the Andrew Kaul Memorial Hospital for 10 years, retiring in 1984.
She was a member of the Holy Rosary Church, where she was a member of the Holy Rosary Senior Choir. She had been a member of the Sacred Heart Church Choir. She enjoyed playing piano, and spending time with her grandchildren, family and friends.
She is survived by one daughter, Diane C. (Robert) Schloder of Ridgway; one son, William "Bill" (fiancé Price) Francis of Ridgetop, Tenn.; two grandchildren, Christine M. (husband Rob Davis) Schloder of New York, N.Y., and David A. (Una) Schloder of Erie; three great-grandchildren, Andrew and Julia Davis of New York, N.Y. and Kiersten Schloder of Ridgway; two sisters, Margaret "Margie" Occhiuto of Johnsonburg and Veronica F. (Anthony) Ferragine of Johnsonburg; and numerous nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, son Michael Francis; brothers, Salvatore and Bruno Vavala; sisters, Helen Tassone, Marian Dellaquila, Brunina Tripodi, Josephine DeFiore and Rose Damore.
Friends will be received from 5 to 8 p.m. Sunday at the Anthony F. Ferragine Funeral Home, 401 Chestnut St., Johnsonburg. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Monday at the Holy Rosary Church with the Rev. David J. Wilson, pastor, officiating. Burial will be in the St. Marys Catholic Cemetery, St. Marys.
If desired, memorial contributions should be made to the Johnsonburg Community Center c/o 100 Main St., Johnsonburg, PA 15845 or to Silver Creek Terrace Recreation Fund, 791 Johnsonburg Road, St. Marys, PA 15857