Frances Nespor of St. John XXIII Home and a former longtime resident of Greenwood Drive, Hermitage, passed away at 4:45 a.m. Monday, Oct. 9, 2017, in the hospital of Sharon Regional Health System. She was 105.
Mrs. Nespor was born Aug. 4, 1912, in Ponova Vas, Slovenia, a daughter of John and Geraldine (Valentincic) Novak.
She immigrated to the United States in the 1920s and attended Sharon schools. Fran was employed for nine years at the former Sharon Transformer Division of Westinghouse Electric Corp. prior to her marriage. A homemaker, she was a member of Church of the Good Shepherd, West Middlesex.
Fran was very proud of her Slovenian heritage and taught singing, dancing, art and her native language to the Youth Group at the Slovenian Home for more than 55 years. She was also a journalist for the Slovenian/American monthly newspaper, "Prosveta" and a 55-year member of the Strossmayer Singing Society in Youngstown, where she also served as treasurer for 18 years. Fran was a 40-year member of the Hermitage Women's Club and a member of the Mercer County Democratic Women's Club.
She enjoyed bowling at the former Hickory Bowl in Hermitage for many years and was a member of the Shenango Valley Drama Club.
Her husband, Joseph Nespor, whom she married Feb. 14, 1948, passed away Jan. 1, 1973.
Surviving are a daughter, Francine Morgan and her husband Marvin, Janesville, Wis.; two sons, John J. Nespor and his wife, Karen, of Sharon; and Ronald Nespor and his wife, Teri, of Sarasota, Fla.; several loving grandchildren, great-grandchildren, great-great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews and their families.
Besides her husband, Fran, was preceded in death by her parents; a daughter, Rosemarie Valliancourt; two sons, Joseph and William Nespor; two brothers, Joseph and John Novak; and three sisters, Mildred Novak, Mary Robich and Geraldine Bicek.
The family suggests memorial contributions be made to Sharon Regional Health System Hospice, 1955 Shenango Valley Freeway, Hermitage, PA 16148.; or to the Slovenian Working Men's Educational Club, 1037 Baldwin Ave., Sharon, PA 16146.
Frances, 105, of St. John XXIII Home and a former longtime resident of Greenwood Drive, Hermitage.
Calling hours: 10 a.m. until the time of mass Friday (10-13-17) in Church of the Good Shepherd, 3613 Sharon Road, West Middlesex. Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.McGonigleFuneralHomeandCrematory.com.
Service: Funeral Mass of Christian Burial at 11:30 a.m. Friday (10-13-17) at the church, with the Rev. Glenn R. Whitman, pastor, as celebrant.
Entombment: St. Rose Mausoleum.
Arrangements by J. BRADLEY McGONIGLE FUNERAL HOME AND CREMATORY, 1090 E. State St., Sharon.
Published on October 10, 2017