Francine Ellen Cohen was born to her parents, William and Eva Fessler, on November 10, 1934, in Brooklyn, New York. She was a devoted older sister to her beloved late brother, David. She was the beloved wife of Richard, whom she’d been married to for 60 years, before his passing in 2017. She was the cherished mother of Steven and Cynthia, and mother-in-law to his wife, Melina. She was the adoring grandmother of Christopher, Maria and Sammie. And she was a life-long friend, over 73 years, to her dearest friends, Nesha Sprung and Amy Appleman.
Francine was a beautiful soul – compassionate, kind, and giving. She loved the simple things in life, but she was, by no means, simple. She had a Master’s degree in Education and taught school for over 30 years. She loved life, and deeply loved her family. Family was most important to her, and her pride for her children and grandchildren knew no end.
She loved the movies, and used to attend the Saturday matinee every week when she was a little girl. Her love of Hollywood eventually brought her and Richard to that very place in 2016, to be near their daughter and granddaughter. She loved to tell people, “before, celebrities seemed so far away… now, they’re my neighbors.” That was her favorite saying.
Words cannot express the gravity of our loss. Francine will be deeply missed by her children, grandchildren and friends. But we take comfort in the fact that she is forever reunited with her great love, our dear father, Richard. Rest in peace, Mom.