Frances Brantolino

Frances Brantolino 82, of Cranston, died Tuesday January 22nd at home surrounded by loving family. She was the loving wife for 55 years of her recently deceased husband Joseph.

Born in Providence, she was the daughter of the late Joseph and Fortunata (Velleco) Voccio.

As an award winning graduate of Central High School class of 1954, Frances worked in banking at Hospital Trust prior to motherhood and continued spending time with children as a Teacher’s Aide at Little Shepard Pre-School for many years until retirement, always running into a happy parent or young adult that were thrilled that they or their child were in “Mrs. B’s” class back in the day. An avid bowler, Frances was part of the “Morning Glories” League for over 45 years on Wednesday mornings at both Lang’s and AMF bowling centers. She loved spending time at either of her sons’ hockey games or any dance recital, game or Special Olympics to watch her grandchildren. Nothing made her happier than Sunday dinners and holidays with family, especially as she hosted family Christmas Eve and Christmas Day feasts at her home for many, many years. Always a conversationalist, she always enjoyed throwing a quick sarcastic jab at anyone who was within earshot. She was famous in the neighborhood for her secret recipe birthday cakes that were the hit of every child’s party. Frances was loved and respected and will be greatly missed by family, nieces, nephews and friends and all those who knew her.

Frances leaves her son Joseph and his wife, Celeste of Lenoir, NC and her son Dino of Cranston as well as five grandchildren; Ryan, Jake, Jack, Sam and Nicole. She also leaves her brother Anthony Voccio Sr. and sisters Anna DeOrsey, Antonetta Budano, Dorothea Hawkins as well as her best friend of over 70 years and virtual sister, Mary Caprio. She was predeceased by sisters Josephine Grande and Angelina DeOrsey.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Monday at 10:00am in Saint Matthew Church Cranston followed by burial in the Saint Ann Cemetery Cranston. Visitation will be held on Sunday from 3:00-7:00pm in The Butterfield Chapel 500 Pontiac Avenue Cranston.

In lieu of flowers donations may be made in Frances’s memory to the Autism Project of Rhode Island at or (401) 785-2666.

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Denise Velleco - 01/24/2019

So sorry for your loss. My sincere condolences to the entire family.

Elaine Choiniere - 01/24/2019

My deepest sympathy to all of you. May God fill you with great memories to help you through his difficult. God bless all! Rest in peace Fran.

Aunt Ellen - 01/24/2019

Hugs and condolences to you. Love you all.

Steve Einhorn - 01/25/2019

Joe I am sorry to hear about the passing of your Mom. Hope all is well. I am actually in Lenoir NC quite often. My daughter lives in Boone.

Emily - 01/25/2019

I am very sorry for your loss. My heart goes out to you in this difficult time. One encouraging thought you might find comforting is found at John 5:28, 29. “The hour is coming in which all those in the memorial tombs will hear his voice and come out.” God gives us this beautiful hope that he will soon resurrect our dead loved ones and we can see them again on a paradise earth! I hope this promise brings you comfort as it does me.

Pam & Joe Lukowicz - 01/25/2019

We both send our condolences to Dino, Joe and your family members. We have such fond memories of Fran at Little Shepherd where she was loved by all. Her quick wit is something I will remember as well as her dedication to and love for the children.

Jody & Jeff Gearing - 01/27/2019

Dino, so sorry for your loss. Our family sends their sympathy and condolences. Your mom and dad were a part of our childhood , spending birthday parties at Vals house. Both of your parents were wonderful and good people.

Tess Velleco - 01/27/2019

So sorry.Where did the years go?Remembering all of you " kids" when I visited as a kid at Crary st.Wonderful memories! May she r.I.p.Love cousin Tess

Mike & Carol Manzi - 01/28/2019

So sorry to hear of Fran's passing. She and Joe welcomed us to the Eden Park neighborhood, when we moved across the street from them. She was a kind, loving, person. She will be missed.

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