Frances Mary Tomassini, 92, formerly of Endwell, NY passed away peacefully on January 29, 2019 at Suburban Community Hospital.
She moved to East Norriton, PA in 2013 and her final residence was at Brightview Senior Living. Frances was born in Buffalo, NY on May 24, 1926 to the late Josephine and Victor Mistretta who settled in Buffalo to raise their family. Frances enjoyed growing up with three loving brothers with whom she had long-term endearing relationships, Salvatore and Victor Mistretta (deceased) and survived by brother, Anthony Mistretta. They built a strong foundation for the Mistretta family which now extends into three generations of grandchildren, great-grandchildren and cousins. Frances attended Nardin Academy in Buffalo where she excelled in academics and after working at Victor Catering Company, she married Emanuel Victor Tomassini (deceased) of Utica, NY on September 10, 1949. They moved to Endicott, NY where they provided a wonderful family environment and upbringing for their children and were married for more than 50 years prior to Emanuel’s death in 2000. Frances is the beloved mother of four children and their spouses, Robert (Irene) of Vestal, NY, Joanne (Robert Lynch) of Lower Gwynedd, PA, William (Gail) of Savannah, GA, and Janine (Stephen Keller) of Collegeville, PA. She is also lovingly survived by ten grandchildren and four great-grandchildren, many nieces, nephews, great nieces and nephews. Frances and Emanuel were founding members of Christ the King Church in Endwell, NY in 1950 and faithfully volunteered their time to support the church as well as becoming Eucharistic Ministers. Frances was a long-time member of the church’s Women’s Guild. She was also an active member and officer of the PTA and various committees for the schools her children attended, and a volunteer for several children’s activities in the community and the American Cancer Society and the American Heart Association. Frances was a wonderful, compassionate, faith filled woman who touched the lives of everyone that she met through her kind and caring spirit. She will be dearly missed by all. The family would like to thank the staff at Brightview Senior Living and her personal aides for their excellent care over the last five years.
A Funeral Mass will be held, Saturday May 4, 2019 at 11:00 AM at the Church of the Holy Family 3600 Phyllis St. Endwell, NY. Entombment will follow in Calvary Cemetery 501 Fairview St. Johnson City, NY. The family will receive friends at the church on Saturday, May 4th from 10:00 AM until time of service at 11:00 AM. In lieu of flowers, expressions of sympathy in her memory may be made to Saint Mary Girl’s Secondary School in Karonga Malawi, c/o Marianists Mission, 4425 West Pine Blvd. St. Louis, MO. 63108-2301 (please make checks payable to “Marianists” and specify for school fees) or to a charity of one’s own choice.