After she married Anthony Prestera in 1957, Fran moved to Boston and then to South Weymouth. She worked in the billing department for the New England Telephone Company, retiring after 20 years of service. Fran and her husband were part of a very close group of friends that ensured the success of the newly formed Boston and Quincy Deaf Clubs, where for many years she participated in a vast array of social events. She was an avid candlepin bowler and often was the high scorer on her team. She was also an entusiastic fan of the Red Sox, Celtics, Bruins and Patriots. She loved to travel with her husband and friends and visited all 50 states as well as many international destinations. An advocate for the deaf, Fran was involved in the Deaf Community Centers in Framingham, MA and Palm Beach County, FL, and also taught American Sign Language at Quincy Community College. In 1997, Fran and her husband retired to the South Coast of Florida, beginning in Delray Beach and then to Boynton Beach. She thorougly enjoyed her time in Florida, which included singing in the deaf choir and particpating in the bible study group at the Barwick Road Church. Frans favorite pastimes included playing cards and games with friends and family. She also has a special place in her heart for her dog, Casper. All who had the pleasure of knowing her will sadly miss her.
Beloved wife of 55 years to Anthony W. Prestera. Devoted mother of Theresa Ashe of Whitman, Elizabeth Whittaker and her husband Mark of Plymouth and Marie DiVito and her husband Michael of South Weymouth. Cherished Grandma of Eric and Jeremy Ashe, Michael, Melissa, Andrew and the late Matthew Whittaker, Ian Maguire and Sara DiVito. She is predeceased by all 13 brothers and sisters. Also survived by many nieces and nephews. Relatives and friends are respectfully invited to attend the visiting hours Tuesday 4-8 p.m. in the McDonald Funeral Home, South Weymouth at 809 Main St., (Rte. 18 opp. So. Shore Hosp.). Relatives and friends will gather in the funeral home at 9 a.m. Wednesday prior to the funeral Mass in St. Francis Xavier Church, 234 Pleasant St., South Weymouth at 10 a.m. Burial will be private. In lieu of flowers, donations in memory of Frances may be made to the New England Home for the Deaf, Development Office, 154-160 Water St., Danvers, MA 01923.
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