Frances Eannarino

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Frances Eannarino, 104, of Rome, passed away on Friday, November 5, 2021 in Rome, NY. She is survived by her daughter Joan Colgan, three grandchildren, Christy Colgan and her husband Matt of Colchester, VT Peter Colgan of Rome, NY and Rachel Shapiro of Seattle, Washington and one great grandchild, Liam Colgan. She was predeceased by her parents, siblings and husband Joseph Eannarino and daughter Carol Eannarino. Frances was born on February 28, 1917 in Providence, Rhode Island one of four children to Olindo and Antonetta Capraro. She grew up in Providence and graduated from Hope High School in 1934. Following graduation her plans for becoming a teacher were shattered by the Second World War so she entered the volunteer service as a working woman of WWII in Rhode Island where the warships were being built. She was issued a certificate of National Active Membership of the American Rosie the Riveter Association in May 2021. Frances met her future husband Joseph at Scarborough Beach, RI. They were married at St. Ann's Church in Providence on June 21, 1941. In 1951, they were transferred from Watson Labs at Fort Monmouth, NJ to Rome Research Labs (RADC). They were a happily married couple until Joseph's death in 2011. In addition to being a dedicated wife, mother and grandmother, Frances served her community in many ways. She was a very active and selfless member of society, touching so many lives and bringing joy to all who knew her. She was active in the Catholic Church, serving as Vice President of St. Dorothea's Rosary Society in Eatontown, NJ in 1948 and then teaching religious education at St. Paul's in Rome, where she remained a member. She was also a Red Cross Bloodmobile volunteer and a Meals on Wheels board member and volunteer. Frances had many hobbies, including playing bridge and mahjong. She was a faithful Jeopardy viewer for many years. All who knew her will especially remember her love of crossword puzzles, which she completed with remarkable speed and skill! Recently, she had also taken to the NYT Spelling Bee and almost always found the seven letter pangram. Many thanks to everyone who has recently helped her including Deanna Tuttle who brought humor into her life when she needed it most. Frances had a kind and generous heart, an impressive intellect and a wickedly dry sense of humor which will be sorely missed. Frances will be remembered in prayer at the 11:00 a.m., Mass on Sunday, November 14, 2021 at St. Paul's Church, Rome, NY. A Celebration of Life and burial will be held in Rhode Island in the spring. In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation in Frances's name to: St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, Memorials Processing, 501 St. Jude PL, Memphis, TN 38105-9959 or online at: Arrangements are by the Nicholas J. Bush Funeral Home, Inc., 7751 Merrick Rd, Rome, NY. To offer online condolences, please visit


11:00 am
Sunday, November 14, 2021
St. Paul's Church
1807 Bedford St.
Rome, New York, United States
Frances will be remembered in prayer at the 11:00 a.m., Mass on Sunday, November 14, 2021.

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A Celebration of Life and burial will be held in Rhode Island in the Spring of 2022.
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Frances Eannarino

1917 - 2021

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