Frances Ferranto of Kennett Square

Frances Ferranto, 73, of Kennett Square, died Monday April 16, at the Pocopson Home in West Chester, after a long illness. Born in West Chester, she was a daughter of the late Pietro Ferranto and the late Anna Rita (Macellaro) Ferranto.

Frances Ferranto

Frances was a longtime resident of Kennett Square and a life-long parishioner of St. Patrick Church.

She graduated Kennett High School and started her career at J.B. Swayne Mushroom where she worked for 35 years. Her love of the outdoors was evident with her small vegetable garden and her beautiful display of seasonal flowers which adorned her yard in the borough. It was fitting that she later completed her career working at Longwood Gardens. She enjoyed life as a borough resident where you would regularly see her taking morning walks with friends and volunteering for local charities including The Mushroom Festival. Frances was a sun worshiper and had done so in many places around the globe.

She travelled extensively and was always eager for a new adventure. Other hobbies included ceramics and playing cards with friends. She had a loyal group of friends who remained close throughout the years. Family was dear to her heart. Frances was a loving daughter, sister and aunt, opening up her home to two generations of nieces and nephews. This was a tradition started by her mother for whom she cared for until her death. Aunt Fran was everyone’s favorite.

She is survived by one sister, Loretta Battaglia of Landenberg; one brother, Robert Ferranto Sr. of Avondale; Godmother to Leslie Brooks Bernens (Joe), Julianne Toto, and the late Robert Ferranto Jr.; nieces and nephews, LouAnn BascianiToto, Linda Brooks Wanex (Bruce), Peter Ferranto (Kim), Gale Ferranto Coon (Bill), Eileen Palmer Ferranto, and Jennifer Ferranto and their children and grandchildren. She was predeceased by her sister Anna Marie (Dolly) Basciani Brooks and brother, Louis Ferranto, both of Avondale.

You are invited to visit with Frances’s family and friends from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. Friday April 20, at Kuzo & Grieco Funeral Home Inc. (610-444-4116) 250 W. State St. Kennett Square, PA 19348. Her Mass of Christian Burial will follow at St. Patrick Church 212 Meredith Street. Interment will be in St. Patrick Cemetery. Contributions in her memory may be made to The Mushroom Festival (In memo, Mushroom Run & Fun Walk) P.O. Box 1000 Kennett Square, PA 19348. To view her online tribute and to share a memory with her family, please visit

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