November 3, 2016
Mary I. DeFranco, 91, of Watertown passed away with her family by her side Thursday, November 3, 2016, at Samaritan Summit Village. Mary resided at the Summit Village since January 15 with her loving husband every day by her side.
Calling hours will be held at Cummings Funeral Service, Inc., Watertown on Sunday, November 6, from 1 - 4PM. A prayer service will be at the funeral home on Monday, November 7, at 10:15AM followed by the funeral mass celebrated at 11AM at Holy Family Church with Rev. Steven Murray, pastor, presiding. Burial will be in Glenwood Cemetery.
Mary was born in Altona, N.Y. on January 11, 1925, daughter of John and Anna Marshall Harnett. She was a graduate of Altona Central High School and Loretta Business Institute, Plattsburgh.
On July 23, 1957 she married Myron F. DeFranco at Our Lady of Victory Church, Plattsburgh.
Mary worked for a short time for the Veterans Service Agency for NYS. She was a communicant of Holy Family Church, actively volunteered at church functions, and was a religious education teacher for 25 years. Mary was a long time Facilitator for Compassionate Friends, an organization for parents who have lost a child. She served on the Board of Directors of the Assisted Living Council and volunteered for the Mercy Hospital Auxiliary. She enjoyed 40 wonderful years at their cottage on Cranberry Lake with her family.
Along with her husband, Myron F. DeFranco, Sr., Mary is survived by her five children, Bennett C. Gardiner and wife, Laura, Windsor, Samuel J. DeFranco and wife, Dawn, Katy, TX, Leslie E. Knott and husband, Derek, E. Syracuse, Myron F. DeFranco, Jr. and wife, Robin, Adams, and Rebecca F. Fichtl and husband, Greg, Sewickley, PA; eleven grandchildren and one great grandchild with one on the way; sister, Elizabeth "Betty" Boulter, Watertown; and several nieces, nephews, and cousins. Mary was predeceased by her daughter, Michelle A. DeFranco, September 10, 1984, two brothers, John H. Harnett, January 1997, and Robert Harnett, 2009, and by her parents John and Anna Marshall Harnett.
Donations in her name may be made to the Michelle A. DeFranco Memorial Nursing Scholarship, c/o Jefferson Community College, 1220 Coffeen St., Watertown, NY 13601. Online condolences to her family may be made at www.cummingsfuneral.com.
Mary loved life and wants this to be a celebration, so please wear something festive.