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Frances Ida Esposito (Lombardi) beloved wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, sister, aunt, and friend, passed away on January 27, 2024 at the age of 86. She was born on March 6, 1937, in New Haven, CT, to the late Fred and Mary Lombardi.
Frances is survived by her loving husband of 67 years, John Joseph Esposito, her children, Diana R. Esposito (Ken Bingman) Gina Esposito McGowan, John J. Esposito, Jr. (Susan), Michael T. Esposito (Joanna), her grandchildren, Andrea Luedecker (Jason Davis), Lotte Kubota (Michael), Matthew McGowan (Lily Zhao), Maria, Chiara, and Anastasia Esposito, and her great-grandchildren, Madison, Michael, and McKenzie Kubota, Scarlett Davis, and Lucas McGowan. She is also survived by her sister Dianne Romans (Kenneth) and a host of nieces, nephews, grand-nieces and grand-nephews. She is predeceased by her brother, Nicolas Lombardi.
Frances grew up in southern Connecticut and recalled times in her childhood during WWII when food was scarce. She felt fortunate to have grandparents with a farm in Stony Creek, Branford. Frances was a cheerleader at East Haven High School where she met her future husband, John, a Yellowjacket tackle. It was at this time that they began their enduring relationship of love, sacrifice, and faith. During their college years, the young, married couple started their family. They moved from Storrs, CT, to Ann Arbor, MI, to Fort Ord, CA with three small children. While stationed at Fort Ord, Frances was introduced to the game of bridge, and she remained and strong bridge player for the next 60 years.
In 1964, Frances and John returned to Connecticut with their family, and they settled in North Branford. Her youngest son was born soon after. Frances was the heart of her loving and happy home. A mother who sang, read, and laughed with her children; A wife that danced, dined, and supported her husband. She was known and appreciated by her family and friends as an outstanding cook. In later years, Frances helped to run her husband’s law practice as office manager. Upon retirement, she and John moved to Fernandina Beach, FL.
Frances was a woman of resilience and strength. In 1997 she was diagnosed with Thymoma and given a bleak outlook. Frances turned to her Catholic faith and embraced daily prayers, novenas and a deeper friendship with God. Within months, her prognosis dramatically turned around and she overcame her battle with cancer. Frances attributed her rekindled relationship with God as a key factor in her recovery. She maintained strong faith life since – serving as an example and inspiration to her family, friends, and community.
Over her lifetime, Frances honed her many skills and talents. She played golf competitively, completed the NY Times crossword daily, and found delicious ways to prepare meals with the fish her husband frequently caught. She was a history buff and an avid reader. Frances was a member of the American Contract Bridge League and achieved the rank of Gold Life Master with 2,698 points.
Frances played an active role in the lives of her children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren. She had grit and determination, and she inspired everyone around her to do well. Until the last couple of years of her life and her battle with dementia, Frances never failed to support, encourage, and sacrifice for her family. She was beautiful inside and out, and she will be greatly missed.
The family will receive friends Thursday evening, February 1, 2024 from 6:00 - 9:00 pm at Fischer Funeral Care at 3742 Chamblee Dunwoody Road with a Rosary beginning at 7:30 pm. The Funeral Mass will be Friday morning February 2, 2024 at 11:00 AM at Holy Cross Catholic Church at 3773 Chamblee Tucker Road. Graveside Services will be held at 2:30 PM at Georgia National Cemetery in Canton GA.