Sister M. Francesca Spaziani of the Daughters of Our Lady of Mercy dies


Sister M. Francesca Spaziani, a member of the Daughters of Our Lady of Mercy, Villa Rossello, Newfield, died July 18 at Cooper Hospital, Camden.

Sister Francesca, formerly named Ida, entered the Congregation of the Daughters of Our Lady of Mercy, in Newfield, on Dec. 8, 1949 and professed her vows on August 16, 1951.

Sister Francesca taught in Newfield, Vineland and Millville, and in schools in Springfield and Milford, Mass.; Dunkirk, N.Y.; Berkeley Heights; and in Old Forge, Hazleton, Hershey, Steelton, and York, Pa.

In recent years, as a resident at Villa Rossello Provincial House in Newfield, she served her religious community in numerous ways and most especially as a loving and attentive caregiver and advocate for the sisters who were ill and elderly.

In addition to her religious community, surviving are her nephews Larry Kinsman of Manchester, N.H., Frank Spaziani of N.Y., nieces Loretta Kelley of Shelton, Conn., Marie Marinacci and Lucy DiMolla, and sister-in-law Rose Spaziani of Floral Park, N.Y., as well as several grandnieces and nephews.

A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated July 21 at Villa Rossello Chapel, Newfield. Interment followed in Pieta Cemetery on the grounds of Villa Rossello.

Donations in memory of Sister Francesca may be made to Daughters of Mercy, Villa Rossello, 1009 Main Road, Newfield, NJ 08344.