Monica G. Defranco

Monica G. Defranco, 89, of 207 Grandview Road, St. Marys, passed away Friday evening, November 2, 2012, at the Pinecrest Manor.

She was born December 1, 1922 in St. Marys, daughter of the late Ambrose and Mae Kerner Bauer.  She 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.

On June 28, 1948 in the St. Mary’s Church, she married Fred T. Defranco, who survives.  Also surviving are two daughters, Chris Ortiz of Latham, NY and Lorraine (Gail) Garbic of St. Marys; a son, Anthony M. Defranco of St. Marys; ten 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.

Mrs. Defranco was a member of the Queen of the World Church.  She 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.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated in the Queen of the World Church on Tuesday, November 6, 2012 at 12:00 PM with the Rev. Michael Ferrick, Pastor, officiating.  Burial will follow in the St. Mary’s Cemetery.

Visitation is at the Lynch-Radkowski Funeral Home on Monday from 6:00 to 8:00 PM.

Memorials, if desired, may be made to a favorite charity.

“Don’t cry because it’s over.  Smile because it happened.”

Lorraine November 4, 2012 at 8:41 pm

Will miss you everyday, Mom. We sure had some great times together. But I know you were tired and ready to go see David and the rest of your family. You will always be with me. Love you.

Margaret (Tassone) Wigert November 5, 2012 at 10:14 am

So sorry to read about your mom’s passing.
Please know that you and your family are in my thoughts and prayers.

LINDA (FELDBAUER) NEWELL November 5, 2012 at 3:39 pm


Denise Sarnoski November 5, 2012 at 4:09 pm

To the Family:
So sorry to hear the passing of you Mother. She was always so sweet.. Prayers going out to all.
Note: I was A Shaffer from Wendel Road.

Jack & Victoria Davidson November 5, 2012 at 4:17 pm

To the DeFranco Family:

We never knew your Mother but knew she was the Queen of her family. Please accept our sympathy to your family. We will keep your family in our prayers.

“Jack” & Victoria Davidson
St. Augustine, Florida

Ray & Connie Bauer November 6, 2012 at 6:17 am

Aunt Monica will be missed by all who knew her. I didn’t get to see her as often as I wished but every visit brought a smile with it. Very sorry that we could not make the trip. Please know that our thoughts and prayers are with the family.
Ray & Connie Bauer

George and Susan Wendel November 6, 2012 at 8:42 am

To the DeFranco Family:
We are sorry for your loss. Please know that your Mother and family are in our thoughts and prayers.

Jim & Babs (Hannibal) Betta November 6, 2012 at 9:04 am

Chris & Family,

You are in our thoughts & prayers in this time of grief. May your Faith & the love of family & friends give you strength to carry on, until you see her again.

Angie (Neil) Walter November 6, 2012 at 8:57 pm

Thoughts and prayers for your family. So sorry for your loss.

Michele Wiesner November 6, 2012 at 10:35 pm

Aunt Monica was a truly wonderful person… Thoughts and prayers are with you all!!
With love,

Gale Lehman November 6, 2012 at 10:37 pm

You are in my thoughts and prayers.

Donna Breindel Holjencin & Family November 7, 2012 at 9:21 am

Dear Lorraine,
So very sorry to hear of your mom’s passing. She will be missed.
Please know that you and your family are in our thoughts and prayers.
God Bless you all.
The Holjencin’s
Bob, Donna & Kayla

Nick and Margie November 7, 2012 at 1:41 pm

My deepest sympathy in the loss of your mother. I was out of state until last evening so was unable to attend the Mass. Know that my prayers and thoughts are with you and your family.

Buster Vollmer November 8, 2012 at 8:28 am

I send my sympathy to you and your family. It is hard to let someone go, but we know that someday, we will be together again. Prayers to you and family.


Susie Hoffman November 8, 2012 at 12:53 pm

She was a very nice lady and it was nice seeing her when she would come back to see Jason & Missy and the kids.
I know you all will miss her and paryers will be for all of you.

Tracy November 17, 2012 at 11:08 am

I miss you!

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