Frances Foley Hassett Died on January 2, 2018. She was born into joy and sorrow on August 14, 1934. Her mother died in childbirth with her. Her father John Foley, a Newton MA, Policeman and A foster mother Rose O’Doherty, of Buncrana Northern Ireland raised in love and care along with her six-year-old sister Alice Patricia.
Fran excelled at school and was graduated Summa Cum Laude from Regis College in Weston, MA. She began as a health educator for Middlesex County Tuberculous Association writing copy for the TB associations newsletter and scheduling TB X-Ray chest screening events in the county. It was prophetic because that’s how she met her future husband, Edward Hassett of Roslyn, NY. Fran had car problems and Ed was able to drive her car home to Newton when he timidly asked for a date. Soon they were dining and dancing.
Ed went back to NY and told his mother he met the woman he was going to marry but she didn’t know it yet.
Fran instilled in Ed the desire to go to college, which he accepted with gusto. When Ed had completed 2 years in college, they were wed on April 4, 1959. She had her wedding ring engraved with a saying from the Book of Ruth that simply said ”whither thou goest” Fran’s energy was quiet but boundless - 3 children 4 years, taking education courses, President of the local AAUW chapter and substitute teaching. As the years past and children and parents aged, Fran continued teaching, helped run a 4-H group of girls, and with Ed, worked as a team counseling newlyweds for Marriage Encounter weekends.
Moving to Vermont with 5 children, the oldest in college and the youngest in kindergarten, Fran struck out in a new career in real estate. She was a founder of a Newcomers Club, a dining new Vermonters ç which grew to some 15 couples Fran developed lifelong friends in a small group of Sip & Stitch ladies who were help and support for each other. Fran also kept a tradition with 4 of her Long Island friends of going away every Fall for a girl’s week for over 40 years. Even in retirement in Sun City, Fran taught English as a second language for 8 years at night and also started a book club.
Now the ravages of Alzheimer’s have led to this long and horrible goodbye, and so we her family will miss the vibrant person she once was. She is survived by her husband Ed, who enjoyed 58 years of marriage and love, son Tim and his wife Diane Quartarone of West Chester PA, son Dan and his wife Claire Renner Hassett, and their sons Sam and Charlie of Vienna, VA, daughter Molly Hassett Mara and her husband Kevin and their children Caty and Patrick of Williston VT, Claire Hassett Moisan and her children Luc, Charlotte and Julian of Grinnell IA and son Andy and his wife Sunny and their children Madeline, Lili, Aly and Stetson of Harleysville, PA. She is survived by her sister Patricia Granahan of Hingham, MA as well as nieces and nephews in around the Boston and Philadelphia areas. She will be missed by many friends in NY, VT and Sun City.
Visitation will be on Tuesday, January 16, 2018 from 5:00 – 7:00 p.m. at Sauls Funeral Home, 90 Simmonsville Road, Bluffton, SC 29910.
A Funeral Mass will be celebrated at 10:30 a.m., Wednesday, January 17, 2018 at St. Gregory the Great Catholic Church, 31 St. Gregory Drive, Bluffton, SC 29909.
In lieu of flowers, you may donate to Memory Matters, PO Box 22330 Hilton Head, SC 29925 in Frans name.
The family wishes to extend a special thanks to Hospice Care of South Carolina and the staff of Bloom at Belfair.
Sauls Funeral Home of Bluffton
Tuesday January 16th, 2018
5:00pm - 7:00pm
90 Simmonsville Road
Bluffton, SC 29910
St. Gregory the Great Catholic Church
Wednesday January 17th, 2018
31 St. Gregory Drive
Bluffton, SC 29909
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