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Frances Davey

Frances M. "Fran" Davey (Fiorentino)

Saturday, May 2nd, 1953 - Saturday, February 23rd, 2019
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Frances M. “Fran” Davey, 65, a longtime resident of Norwich, NY, passed away peacefully on Saturday, February 23, 2019 at The Grand Rehabilitation and Nursing Center in Guilderland, NY. Fran courageously battled cancer as well as Multiple Sclerosis for most of her adult life. She is now joyfully dancing with the angels in heaven.

Fran was born on May 2, 1953, in Herkimer, NY, where she grew up the eldest girl in a family of six children. Her siblings referred to her as “Chicky,” and they adored their big sister. They knew they could count on her for advice, a good recipe, a good laugh, or just to listen. Her honesty and wisdom about life were two of Fran’s greatest traits. Chicky was a responsible big sister who took on an active role in the obligations of the house. She graduated from Herkimer Community College in 1973 and came to know Norwich where she worked for 33 years as a research and development technician with Norwich Eaton and then Procter & Gamble Pharmaceuticals. Fran met her husband, Larry Davey, while working at P&G. They married in 1975. Fran fought through her MS and cancer while working for P&G and never missed a day for illness.

In addition to working, she raised two children. Fran also taught fitness classes for ten years at the Norwich YMCA, and was an active member of the Church of St. Bartholomew. She was a true source of inspiration to people stricken with MS or cancer, and often spoke with people going through their illnesses to empower and encourage them. Fran went on disability in 2006, and finally retired from P&G on May 31, 2018, after being credited with 44 years of service to P&G.

Fran’s immense love for her family shined through in everything she did. Her two biggest joys were her grandchildren, Autumn (10) and Austin (8). She enjoyed going to watch her grandchildren at their sporting events, listening to her granddaughter play her cello, helping them with their homework, and reading books with them. Above all, Fran enjoyed spreading her wisdom to her grandchildren while teaching them life lessons about how to be a good person and how to see the good in others.

Fran also enjoyed cooking and baking. She was true to her Italian heritage as she made some delicious chicken cutlets, pasta dishes, and meatballs. Fran also enjoyed reading, doing macramé, praying, and spending time with family. She faced her challenges in life with such dignity and strength, and was admired by all who were graced with her presence.

Fran is survived by her mother, Angelina Fiorentino, of FL, her husband, Larry, of Norwich, her daughter, Nicole Kozlowski, and favorite son-in-law, Jeremy, of Niskayuna, her son, Garrett Davey, of Norwich, and her grandchildren, Autumn and Austin Kozlowski. She is also survived by her sisters, Lucretia Lonis (Rick Racich) and Salina (Phil) Stroda, her brothers, Salvatore “Sam” (Krisha) Fiorentino Jr., Paul Fiorentino, all of FL, and Jim (Jennifer) Fiorentino, of Spencerport, NY, and many nieces, nephews, and cousins. Fran was predeceased by her father, Salvatore Fiorentino.

Fran credits her longtime friend and oncologist, Dr. Joseph Readling, of Broome Oncology, for helping her to successfully battle her cancer for many years. His wisdom and guidance were instrumental in allowing her to make important medical decisions that extended her life, and she was eternally grateful to him.

A prayer service for Fran will be held at 1:00 p.m. on Saturday, March 2, 2019, at the Wilson Funeral Home, Norwich, NY, where Rev. Ralph A. Bove will officiate. Friends are invited to call at the funeral home from 11:00 a.m. until the time of the service. Burial will take place in the spring at Calvary Cemetery, Herkimer, NY.

Contributions in Fran’s memory may be made to the American Cancer Society or the Multiple Sclerosis Foundation.
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Service Details

  • Visitation

    Saturday, March 2nd, 2019 | 11:00am - 1:00pm
    When
    Saturday, March 2nd, 2019 11:00am - 1:00pm
    Location
    Wilson Funeral Home
    Address
    68 South Broad Street
    NORWICH, NY 13815
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  • Service

    Saturday, March 2nd, 2019 | 1:00pm
    When
    Saturday, March 2nd, 2019 1:00pm
    Location
    Wilson Funeral Home
    Address
    68 South Broad Street
    NORWICH, NY 13815
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email
    Officiant
    Rev. Ralph A. Bove

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Donna Davidson

Posted at 02:29pm
Dear Larry, Nicole, Garrett and Family,
Fran was one of my dearest friends as we go back some 55+ years! She was a real gem - wise, caring, loyal and always ready to give of herself. She truly made the world a better place. I wish I could be there in person to visit with all of you, but know that you are in my thoughts and prayers. May her love for you shine brightly in your hearts forever. Love and Peace to all. Donna Davidson
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Peg Kreiner

Posted at 05:44pm
The things I remember about Fran were her strength and courage. She never gave in. I also remember how she always smiled, and what a beautiful smile. Her blues eyes always shining and bright. She was not only beautiful to look at, she was a beautiful person. One of our angels has joined the lord and all his angels. Peg Kreiner
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Gina Belllino

Posted at 12:15pm
Fran was one of my most beautiful and loving cousins. No matter what kind of day she was having, she always had a smile on her face. She was loved by all, and will surely be missed. RIP Fran. Until we meet again. Love, Cousin Gina Bellino.
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Eileen Henderson

Posted at 10:37am
Danielle and Hallee

With my deepest sympathy with the passing of your beloved Aunt. My condolences to the entire family. God rest her soul in peace and may the angels always be there with you all. You both and your families are in my thoughts and prayers. With all my love, Eileen
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Miller family

Posted at 04:39am
Our condolences in this difficult time, Frances left a journey to remember.
As some people journey through life, they leave footprints wherever they go--footprints of kindness and love, courage and compassion, humor and inspiration, joy and faith. Even when they're gone, we can still look back and clearly see the trail they left behind--a trail bright with hope that invites us to follow. May peace and comfort come from above," I am with you." Isaiah 41:10
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607-336-3993 Wilson Funeral Home
68 South Broad Street
Norwich, NY 13815
Email: wilsonfhny@gmail.com
607-336-3993 Wilson Funeral Home
68 South Broad Street
Norwich, NY 13815
Email: wilsonfhny@gmail.com
607-336-3993 Wilson Funeral Home
68 South Broad Street
Norwich, NY 13815
Email: wilsonfhny@gmail.com
607-336-3993 Wilson Funeral Home
68 South Broad Street
Norwich, NY 13815
Email: wilsonfhny@gmail.com