WESTFIELD - Frances M. (Yacklon) Catalano, age 93, of Crandall St., Westfield, died Thursday, March 21, 2013, at Absolut Care of Westfield.
Frances was born on March 12, 1920, in Westfield, N.Y., the daughter of the late Charles and Josephine (Vetillaro) Yacklon.
A Westfield resident all her life, Frances was an accomplished seamstress and had been employed by the former Barmon Brothers, Westfield and Van Raalte Sewing factories. She continued to do contract sewing in her home for many years. She was known for being generous with her sewing talents and made many wonderful outfits for herself and her family. Fran, as she was known by her many friends, was dedicated to her faith and was a long time member of the former St. James Roman Catholic Church of Westfield, now St. Dominic Parish, and was a life member of the Altar and Rosary Society. She had been a member of the William P. Jackway Post 6764 VFW Auxiliary, the John W. Rogers Post 327 American Legion Auxiliary and the Women of The Moose Chapter 517, all of Westfield. In her younger years, Fran was an active woman who enjoyed dancing, bowling and roller skating. She was a fabulous cook who loved cooking for her family.
Frances M. (Yacklon) Catalano
She is survived by her two sons, Ronald D. Catalano and his wife Sally of Westfield and Garry J. Catalano and his wife Molly of Westfield; eight grandchildren; many great-grandchildren; and two great-great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Jack V. Catalano whom she married on Nov. 13, 1937, and who died on June 15, 1976; her sister, Grace Leone; her brother, Carl Yacklon; and her great-great-grandson, Brody Emanuel Bannister.
Friends called on Sunday, March 24 from 4 to 8 p.m., at the Mason Funeral Home, 37 Clinton St., Westfield, and were invited to attend her funeral mass on Monday, March 25 at 11 a.m., at St. Dominic Roman Catholic Church, 15 Union St., Westfield with Father Joseph Walter officiating. Burial was in St. James Cemetery, Westfield. A parish rosary service was held at 4 p.m. on Sunday, March 24 at the Mason Funeral Home.
Memorials may be made to St. Dominic Roman Catholic, 15 Union St., Westfield or to the
Westfield Stray Cat Rescue, 61 Academy St., Westfield, N.Y. 14787.
Log on to www.masonfuneral.com to send the Catalano family a message of sympathy.