In Memory Of

Frances Brancato

Frances Graceffo DeFurio Brancato August 25, 2010 Frances Brancato, 89, of Auburn, died Wednesday. Frances taught chemistry and physics at West High, retiring as the science education coordinator. Survivors: daughter, Nancy (William) Barth; son, Carl (Kathy) DeFurio; stepchildren, Anne (Francis) DeVoe, Margaret (Joseph) Saya, Donna (Dino) Smorto, Anthony Brancato; sisters, Mary Graceffo and Susan Shaw; brothers, James Graceffo and Dr. Samuel (Judith) Graceffo; grandchildren, Michael Jr., Chris and Kelly Kulis, and Mark, Lori, Michael and Alexis DeFurio; stepgrandchildren, Jen and Chris Barth and Matthew (Noelle) Barth; and six great-grandchildren. Predeceased by husbands Carl DeFurio and Dominck Brancato; a sister, Sylvia Graceffo; two brothers, Peter and Dr. Joseph Graceffo. Services are 11 a.m. Monday in St. Francis Church. Calling hours are Sunday from 4 to 7 p.m. at Pettigrass Funeral Home, 196 Genesee St., Auburn. Contributions to St. Francis Church.

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05/18/16 08:38 AM #1    

Kevin C Delahanty (1972)

Mrs. Brancato was one of those teachers who impacted me & changed my life for the better. I don't know why, but she liked me & took the extra time to make sure I understood the subject at hand. In my case it was chemistry. She wrote a very glowing letter of recommendation for me when I was applying to college. I sincerely believe that it was on the merit of that letter that I was accepted. I wish I could travel back in time & thank her for what she did for me & for what she meant to me. Not many people affect you the way a teacher can. She was one of the very best. From the bottom of my heart, thank you Mrs. Brancato.                                                  

Kevin C. Delahanty, MD, Class of 1972

Newburyport, MA                                                 





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