Frances Ferranto

November 17, 1944 - April 16, 2018 Landenberg, PA | Age 73 Loving Sister, Aunt, Godmother and Friend.

Frances Ferranto, age 73, of Kennett Square, PA, died Monday April 16, 2018 at the Pocopson Home in West Chester, PA after a long illness. Born in West Chester, PA, she was a daughter of the late Pietro Ferranto and the late Anna Rita (Macellaro) Ferranto.

Frances was a longtime resident of Kennett Square and a life long parishioner of St. Patrick Church.
She graduated Kennett High School and started her career at J.B. Swayne Mushroom where she worked for 35 years. Her love of the outdoors was evident with her small vegetable garden and her beautiful display of seasonal flowers which adorned her yard in the borough. It was fitting that she later completed her career working at Longwood Gardens. She enjoyed life as a borough resident where you would regularly see her taking morning walks with friends and volunteering for local charities including The Mushroom Festival. Frances was a sun worshiper and had done so in many places around the globe.

She travelled extensively and was always eager for a new adventure. Other hobbies included ceramics and playing cards with friends. She had a loyal group of friends who remained close throughout the years. Family was dear to her heart. Frances was a loving daughter, sister and aunt, opening up her home to two generations of nieces and nephews. This was a tradition started by her mother for whom she cared for until her death. Aunt Fran was everyone’s favorite.

She is survived by one sister, Loretta Battaglia of Landenberg, PA; one brother, Robert Ferranto Sr. of Avondale, PA; Godmother to Leslie Brooks Bernens (Joe), Julianne Toto, and the late Robert Ferranto, Jr.; nieces and nephews, LouAnn BascianiToto, Linda Brooks Wanex (Bruce), Peter Ferranto (Kim), Gale Ferranto Coon (Bill), Eileen Palmer Ferranto, and Jennifer Ferranto and their children and grandchildren. She was predeceased by her sister Anna Marie (Dolly) Basciani Brooks and brother, Louis Ferranto, both of Avondale, PA.

You are invited to visit with Frances’s family and friends from 9:30AM to 10:30 AM Friday April 20, 2018 at Kuzo & Grieco Funeral Home Inc. (610-444-4116) 250 W. State St. Kennett Square, PA 19348. Her mass of Christian burial will follow at 11AM at St. Patrick Church 212 Meredith St. Interment will be in St. Patrick Cemetery. Contributions in her memory may be made to The Mushroom Festival (In memo, Mushroom Run & Fun Walk) P.O. Box 1000 Kennett Square, PA 19348. To view her online tribute and to share a memory with her family, please visit

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Mushroom Festival

(In memo, Mushroom Run & Fun Walk)
P.O. Box 1000
Kennett Square, PA 19348.



April 20, 2018 9:30-10:30 Kuzo & Grieco Funeral Home
250 West State Street
Kennett Square, PA

Mass of Christian Burial

April 20, 2018 11:00 St. Patrick Church
212 Meredith Street
Kennett Square, PA


April 20, 2018 St. Patrick Cemetery
Route 82
Kennett Square, PA


  1. Fran,DonnaAiello and I used to play at the community center across the street from her house when we were 6th graders. As pre-teen 7th graders we not longer played but giggled and sat hoping that the boys would notice us. If Mike B. happened by, Fran would be on Cloud 9! Just a sweet memory of Fran…. a sincerely kind and lovely person …. just a memory of days gone by. She will be remembered. Sharon Alexander Coker

    Sharon Coker | April 28, 2018 at 7:32 PM
  2. LouAnn & Family
    So sorry reading about your Aunt’s passing.
    Such a wonderful write up for a wonderful Aunt.
    Be at peace knowing she is in heaven today with your Mother.

    Michael J Conner | April 22, 2018 at 3:14 PM
  3. I worked with Fran for many years at Swayne’s. She was easy to work with and very efficient. We worked hard and had fun, too. I learned so much form her. She was a patient teacher. I remember when we got the first computer—what a time we had trying to figure out how the darn thing worked. We had to get the payroll done! I haven’t seen her for years, but think of her often. I hope she had a peaceful death.
    Fleecie Schwendeman

    Fleecie Schwendeman | April 22, 2018 at 12:25 PM
  4. each morning in school we got the ‘report’ LouAnn’s first words, LouAnn’s first steps—
    such a proud happy Aunt! we had so much fun especially sneakin off to ‘bove’s quarry!!!
    so glad she was part of my memories! Carol (Corea) DiNenno

    Carol DiNenno | April 21, 2018 at 10:04 AM
  5. Fran, I know you can hear me, thanks for all the laughs we had on April fools days. Calling the Zoo and asking for Mr. G Raft ,Lion, and Mr. Katz.
    Tony Perri

    Tony Perri | April 19, 2018 at 11:43 AM
  6. I worked with Fran for 23 years at the J.B. Swayne Spawn Company . Fran was an efficient and able member of the staff . Fran was always pleasant and ran the office very smoothly . She loved her walks and sitting in the sun . We all had a good time and have pleasant memories at the spawn company . I hope that she is at peace . Pierre Annaballi

    Pierre Annaballi | April 18, 2018 at 5:10 PM
  7. Fran was a very kind , caring and pleasant person!! She will surely be missed by family and friends!!

    Mercer jones | April 17, 2018 at 11:51 PM
  8. So sorry to hear of Fran’s passing. We worked together at Longwood. I always enjoyed talking with her. She was so sweet and kind. I have thought of her often over the years.

    Pam Decker | April 17, 2018 at 11:34 PM
  9. I will always remember Fran’s smile and laugh. I will remember her as the “quiet” one! She was a dedicated daughter to her mother “Aunt Annie” who she cared for without complaints for many years. She was always there for her family and friends and all were sad when she became ill. Rest in peace dear sweet Fran! Marcia Bowers

    Marcia Bowers | April 17, 2018 at 6:44 PM
  10. Frannie was a dear friend to my sister, Connie Bonaventure. The went to school together. My brother Arlin was friends with Frannie’s brother Louie. She will be missed.
    My heart goes out to her family in their time of loss.

    Diane Rupard | April 17, 2018 at 2:42 PM
  11. I was so surprised when I went to the obituary page and read if Fran’ s death. What a sweet and kind person. One thing I always remember from the time we were young she was always well dressed and as neat as a pin. I am so sorry for your loss and hope she went peacefully. Grace Neely Pfeifer

    Grace Neely Pfeifer | April 17, 2018 at 12:30 PM

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