Cynthia Lee Francescone passed away at Holy Family Hospital in Methuen, MA on Sunday June 18, with her soul mate and loving husband by her side, Ralph Francescone. Cynthia was born at Franklin County Hospital in Greenfield, MA on July 12, 1965. She spent most of her childhood in Georgetown, MA. Cynthia attended Georgetown Public Schools and later attended Youville School of Nursing in Cambridge, MA.
During her childhood, Cynthia could be found exploring the swamps of Georgetown as she developed a passion and love for animals. Depending on the year, you might find a racoon, weasel, lizard, or skunk under her bedroom covers. Even from a young age, Cynthia excelled as an artist, with such mature creativity. She would lock herself in the bathroom and draw on pages and pages of paper, expressing herself through art. Flora and fauna were prominent themes in her drawings , showcasing her connection with nature. Cynthia was so family oriented since her younger years, as the loving big sis for her brother Kenny and sister Kym. She had great love for her father Gilbert, and mother Gerri, but also made an eternal bond with her dad’ s sister, Aunt Charlotte. Spending many summers living together, Aunt Charlotte became a second mother to her and talked to her almost every day for the rest of her life.
At 18 years old, Cynthia met the love of her life, Ralph Francescone, at the Main Street Minimart in Byfield, where he was working. That fateful day, she was struggling to pick up a twenty-five-pound bag of dog food for her dog Max, with a big red sun hat covering her head. Seeing this, Ralph quickly went over and picked the bag up, only to see the most beautiful blue eyes and genuine smile that you could imagine pop out from under her floppy hat. From that day forward, both Cyndy and Ralph secretly wished they would meet again. Fate agreed, which led to thirty-seven amazing years of marriage and raising two sons. Cynthia was the most dedicated and loving mother and wife, and her husband and two boys, Ralphie and David, were the most important things to her. She taught that love was all that mattered, and everyone she interacted with could feel this aura around her and was touched by her kindness and beauty. Despite all her personal struggles and the pain she endured, caused by the disease she carried, she fought to the end and never let that get in the way of enjoying life. Cynthia was the most optimistic person and a light that brightened everyone, even on their worst days. Through this love, support and optimism, her sons were able to accomplish their dreams, and she always made a point to say how proud she was of them, even to random people in the line at Market Basket!
Cynthia helped raise every child in the family and she was affectionately referred to simply as “Nana.” She loved her sister Kymberly’ s children as her own. As the years went by, her sons had children and, thankfully, she was able to meet and spend time with her two grandchildren, Mabel and Isadora. Nana was famous for spoiling her grandchildren (with images of dozens of creamsicle wrappers all over the place), and she had quite the sweet tooth herself! You could usually find Cynthia snacking on some treat, but always had a glass of milk, cup of sprite, and a mug of tea by her side. Cynthia was such an intelligent person and an amazing teacher as well, and she taught her grandchildren valuable life lessons in such simple and loving ways. Cynthia was an extremely spiritual person, and she had a way to speak in parables and analogies to impart these important truths of life. However, her singular message was always love will overcome all, and all who knew her felt that this was true. The mark she left on this world will be felt for generations and she will be so deeply missed.
Cynthia is survived by her loving husband Ralph Francescone, her son, Ralph Francescone, her son, David Francescone, her father Gilbert Fitton, her sister, Kymberly Codair, her two grandchildren, Mabel Francescone and Isadora Vendramini Francescone, her sister- in -law, Dianne Sansoucie, her sister-in-law, Wendy Patrick, her brother, Phil Treve, her brothers Conrad, Hamilton, Brandon, and JonSebastian Fitton, and her many nieces and nephews Kenny Codair, Andrew Codair, Rainey Fitton, Madison Codair, Jake Codair, Megan Codair, and so many other family members whose lives she touched. Cynthia was predeceased by her mother Geraldine Fitzgerald and her brother Kenneth Fitton.
Family and friends are kindly invited to Cynthia's visitation on Sunday, June 25th from 4 to 6pm in the Conte - Giamberardino Funeral Home, 14 Pleasant Street, Georgetown. Her Graveside Service will be held on Monday, June 26th at 12 noon at the Rural Cemetery, 40 Chase Street, West Newbury. For funeral home directions, florists or to share a memory with Cynthia's family, please visit www.cgfuneralhomegeorgetown.com