Caroline Francis

Caroline S. Francis

1931 - 2023

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Caroline S. Francis

Frankfort - Caroline Brown Francis, 92, of Frankfort, NY, passed away on Thursday, October 5, 2023, at St. Elizabeth's Medical Center following a long illness.

Born in Poland, NY, to the late Chester and Catherine (Krol) Poplasky.  Caroline was a 1947 graduate of Poland Central School where she was active in high school sports.

On June 21, 1952, Caroline married Robert L. Brown.  During their marriage, Caroline and Robert had six beautiful children.  On December 4, 1975, Caroline married for a second time to John Francis.  Caroline and John were together until the time of his passing in December, 2009.

Caroline will be remembered for her gentle (sometimes too gentle!) spirit, as well as her love of family, friends, music and travel.  Some of her best memories were from her international vacations to Portugal and South Africa.  Caroline loved living out in the countryside where she kept a meticulous house and took great pride in tending to her large vegetable garden.

Caroline is survived by her sons, Douglas Brown, her favorite child, of Utica, and Steven (Patricia) Brown, of Utica; daughters, Deborah (Charles) Newton, Jr., of Edgewater, FL; Roxanne (Richard) Mirch of Long Eddy, NY; and Laura (Filippo) Casamento, of Frankfort, NY; stepchildren, Kim (Michael) Peppenelli, of Marcy, NY; Valerie (Carl) Schultz, of Venice, FL; Johnna (Robert) Walker of Oneida, NY and John (Sandra) Francis of Baldwinsville, NY; her brothers Chester (Maryanne), James (Christine) and Thomas (Deb); sister-in-law Bernadette; twenty-three grandchildren; and sixteen great-grandchildren.  She will be missed by many nieces, nephews, cousins, their families, and many friends.

Caroline was preceded in death by her parents, her daughter, Roberta Hunter, five grandchildren, Douglas Brown, Patrick Newton, Charles Newton, III, Zachary Hunter and Vincenzo Casamento; brother Francis Poplasky; sisters Maryanne Lewandrowski, Pauline Woznicki, and Jane Koscinski.

Private services will be held at the convenience of the family.  Caroline will be laid to rest in Calvary Cemetery, Utica.  The family would like to thank the nurses and all the people from The Grand Rehabilitation and Nursing Home in Ilion, NY, who took care of Caroline over the past several years, as well as the nurses and doctors at St. Elizabeth's Hospital who provided much comfort to Caroline during her last days, especially her nurses Nicole and Irene.

Remembrances in Caroline's name may be made to the Mohawk Valley Health System (MVHS) or St. Jude's Children's Hospital, 262 Danny Thomas Pl, Memphis, TN 38105.

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