Mary Frances "Fran" Fantin

September 12, 1927 - July 26, 2017
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M. Frances Ann Fantin, 89, of New Philadelphia, entered her eternal home in Heaven on Wednesday, July 26, 2017 following a period of declining health.

Born at Steubenville, Ohio on September 12, 1927, Fran was a daughter of the late William and Ethel Gaffney Aldridge.

The family relocated to New Philadelphia when…

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M. Frances Ann Fantin, 89, of New Philadelphia, entered her eternal home in Heaven on Wednesday, July 26, 2017 following a period of declining health.

Born at Steubenville, Ohio on September 12, 1927, Fran was a daughter of the late William and Ethel Gaffney Aldridge.

The family relocated to New Philadelphia when Fran was seven. She attended Sacred Heart School and was a 1945 graduate of New Philadelphia High School. She furthered her education at Mount Carmel Nursing School at Columbus and completed her BSN at St. Mary’s of Notre Dame.

Prior to her marriage, Fran was a ward nurse at Union Hospital and later joined the Lorain County Public Health Department. She also sat on the New Philadelphia Health Board for many years.

From 1977 to 1994, Fran was the school nurse at Tuscarawas Central Catholic High School. During that same time, she also served as the school librarian for Sacred Heart Elementary. She loved the children of Sacred Heart deeply and enjoyed 40 years as the librarian prior to her retirement in 2009.

Fran was a lifelong and devoted member of Sacred Heart Catholic Church at New Philadelphia. She served in many capacities through the years as a lector and Eucharistic minister. She enjoyed socializing with her friends as a member of the Altar Society, the LCBA, the DCCW, an organization which named her Woman of the Year, for her continued support of the Church, as well as College Club of Tuscarawas County and the Lady Elks.

Most of all, Fran loved traveling to Virginia to visit with family and rarely passed down an opportunity to go out to eat and often enjoyed a good Manhattan. Fran was also an avid supporter of Central Catholic Sports and NCAA Basketball.

She is survived by her beloved husband of 55 years, Frank Fantin whom she married on July 4, 1962; their son, Matthew Fantin of New Philadelphia; and her sister, Paula McBride of Virginia Beach, Virginia.

Completing the family are brothers and sisters-in law, Jack (Carol) Fantine, Victor Fantin, Daniel (Sharon) Fantin, Louis (Ruth) Fantin, Louise Patrick, Norma Fantin all of New Philadelphia and Shelby Fantin of Baltic, as well as numerous nieces and nephews and their families.

In addition to her parents, Fran was preceded in death by brothers-in-law, John Fantin, Wishard Patrick, Bill McBride, and sisters-in-law, Carol Fantine and Mary Louise Fantin; and a special aunt, Lillian “Dee Dee” Gaffney.

The family will greet guests on Monday, July 31, 2017 from 4-7 PM in the Linn-Hert-Geib Funeral Home & Crematory at New Philadelphia where a Christian Wake service will begin at 7 PM. Father Jeff Coning will celebrate a Mass of Christian Burial on Tuesday, August 1, 2017 at 1 PM in Sacred Heart Church. Burial will follow in Calvary Cemetery at New Philadelphia. A meal will follow the services in Tuscarawas Central Catholic High School.

The family requests memorial contributions be directed to Sacred Heart Church Building For the Future, 139 Third Street NE, New Philadelphia, Ohio 44663.


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Visitation Information

Date: Monday, July 31, 2017

Time: 4:00 pm

End Time: 7:00 pm

Linn-Hert-Geib Funeral Home & Crematory


116 Second Street NE, NEW PHILADELPHIA, OH, 44663

Service Information

Date: Tuesday, August 1, 2017

Time: 1:00 pm

Sacred Heart Catholic Church


139 3rd Street NE, NEW PHILADELPHIA, OH, 44663

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Cemetery Information

Date: Tuesday, August 1, 2017

Calvary Cemetery - New Philadelphia


Delaware Drive, NEW PHILADELPHIA, OH, 44663

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Date: Tuesday, August 1, 2017

Tuscarawas Central Catholic Jr/Sr High School


777 Third Street NE
New Philadelphia, Ohio 44663

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Sacred Heart Catholic Church

139 Fair Avenue NE
New Philadelphia, Ohio 44663
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Sandra Allison posted on 8/4/17

Keeping you in my prayers that God will give you peace in your time of need


Jim & Peggy Limbacher posted on 8/1/17

Frank & Matthew, we send our love to you all during this time of grieving for sweet and precious Fran. We were blessed for the times we were able to be together with her. We pray for Almighty God to cover each of you with His Presence, Peace and Comfort now and in the days ahead. In Jesus Name. Amen.


Nicole Beans posted on 7/31/17

Sending my prayers and condolences!!! It was such an honor to have known her. She was my librarian in grade school. She was the greatest. She will be deeply missed.


Bryan Dusini posted on 7/31/17

I was so sorry to hear of Fran's passing. She was a very special woman and I always enjoyed our chats whenever I saw her. She will be deeply missed.


Rick Rinella posted on 7/30/17

Matt & Frank - We all know there's a special place in Heaven where Fran is sitting this very moment. Her life & legacy will live on forever because of the thousands of people she touched in her work & private life. Her smile lit up a room & her words were listened to intently. I will always remember Fran bringing Communion up to the choir during Resurrection Masses - you could always depend on her service to the Sacred Heart community both at the school & Church. She will be missed by many - May God bless her& all of you who have a lifetime of memories to share with her Peace - Rick Rinella


Diane Johnson posted on 7/30/17

With Deepest Sympathy.


Sarah posted on 7/30/17

Very sorry about your loss of an amazing woman who was always kind!


Gayle Mack posted on 7/29/17

As a fellow school nurse, I had such respect for Fran. God bless. Gayle


Jill Ripley posted on 7/29/17

Such a Caring and Amazing Lady!! While in high school, I used to find excuses to hang out with Fran in the nurses office. Always so welcoming and easy to talk to. Then as I had children of my own and they went to SHS, I volunteered in the library and looked forward to spending time with her there. Always made me smile! She will be truly missed!!


Carol & Bill Arnold posted on 7/29/17

Our prayers are with your entire family. She was 5 great lady!


Melanie Archer posted on 7/29/17

Frank, Matt and Family members, My heart hurts for you in your loss...I loved Fran! She was such a wonderful lady and friend...I felt very bad for her the last time i visited. She led a beautiful life until her illness and you will have many special memories to remember and share. Keeping you in my thoughts and prayers for comfort..May God bless you Frank and Matt. Sincerely, Melanie


D. Vasser posted on 7/28/17

The visits she made to JC Penney's in Glen Allen, VA. The conversations we had were welcoming and enjoyable. She was kind-hearted and dear - she will be missed.


D. Vasser posted on 7/28/17

Keeping you and your family in our thoughts and prayers. Mrs. Fantin, "Ma", will be greatly missed. De Angela, Michael, and Steven


Cathy Lash posted on 7/28/17

Frank and family, I'm so sorry to hear about Fran's passing. She always had the warmest smile and her faith and love of God and family is an inspiration for all. My prayers and deepest sympathy.


Patty McBride McDonald posted on 7/28/17

I will miss my Aunt Fran! She was always laughing with a twinkle in her eye. Love to you, Uncle Frank and Matt.


Valerie Robinson posted on 7/28/17

Sadden to hear of the passing of your dear mother. My heart felt condolences to you and your family in the lost of your dear mother. May the peace that only the Father can comfort you with give you hope in the days and months that are ahead of you. Let His love and joy fill your hearts as you take comfort in knowing your mother is at peace resting in the Father's arms. Grace and Peace


Janet Mitchell Warden posted on 7/28/17

I wanted you to know how special your mother was to me. She graduated from Mt. Carmel with my mother, Mary Ann Mills Mitchell, who passed away several years ago at her home in Cambridge. I live in Dover, and I had met your Fran when she acted as not only the nurse, but as the librarian at Sacred Heart, because of my work with educational television, and later as a librarian at Claymont. The Tuscarawas area school librarians would gather about 4 times a year, to educate each other about the latest books and procedures. Fran came frequently and some how we figured out that she and mother had attend nursing school together! She was a lovely lady. I always enjoyed speaking with her, and she never failed to ask about my mother. You have my condolences.


Samantha White posted on 7/28/17

She was a wonderful woman. I have never forgotten all those years as our school librarian. She helped so many kids fund a love for books and reading. Thoughts and prayers for Fran and her family.


Ron & Carolyn Brodzinski posted on 7/28/17

Ron and I are SO sorry we are not home to be a. Part of Fran's Memorial service. Please know our thoughts and prayers are with you , Frank and Matt. What a support system you. Both have been as well as your extended Family. Fran was a Great Lady and impacted Many lives. She will be Greatly missed, as she has been since her residence began at Park Vlg. Love to you Both!!


John Tarulli posted on 7/28/17

You were such a very loving person and will be missed by all that knew you. I am sure you are home in heaven with the father who is very proud of your life.


Debbie and Tom Virden posted on 7/28/17

Frank and Matt so sorry to hear of the passing of Fran. I will always have the memory of Fran coming to ceramic class and the Special Tuesday dinners we had with her. My Prayers for You and Your Family to be comforted with Our Heavenly Fathers EVER Lasting LOVE.


Suzi Tornabene-Keller posted on 7/28/17

So sorry for your loss. She was a wonderful person who truly cared about people. She had a smile for everyone. I hope all of your treasured memories bring you peace.


Jean Ann Breehl Whitemyer posted on 7/28/17

A wonderful and lovely lady who never knew a stranger. May you rest in peace.


Dr. Jim McQuillan posted on 7/28/17

Mr. Fantin, I am so sorry to hear that Mrs. Fantin passed away. Please know that I will keep Mrs. Fantin, you, and your family in my prayers. I always look forward to seeing you both in my office. With deepest sympathies, Jim McQuillan (Doc)


Jackie Proctor posted on 7/28/17

Our deepest sympathies. We had the privilege of being neighbors for a few years, and she loved my little boys. A very sweet, kind soul that will be missed. Our condolences Matt and Frank. Love, The Proctors


Debbi Metzger posted on 7/28/17

A good friend with lively Irish wit. She will be missed.


Becky Young-Richesson. posted on 7/28/17

Frank and Matt, I was so sorry to hear of Frans passing. She was a wonderful woman. I always enjoyed talking with her. Take care.


Shiela Demattio posted on 7/28/17

My prayers are with Fran and your family. Such a nice person. I am so sorry.


Briana Costello posted on 7/28/17

So very sorry for your loss.


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Mary Jo (Baumberger) McConnell posted on 7/28/17

My prayers go to the family. A very special lady ????


Jennifer Breehl Milligan posted on 7/28/17

My sympathy and prayers to he family. She was a sweet woman with a wonderful smile!


Jill Schweitzer posted on 7/28/17

Matt, I am so sorry for the loss of your mother. I remember her well from school. Always smiling. You and your father are in my thoughts and prayers! Jill (Roth) Schweitzer


Mary Jean Range posted on 7/28/17

Dearest Frank, What a Sweetheart you married, Fran was so dear to Jerry and me and the kids. Loved her and that beautiful smile. Now Jesus gets to enjoy her. God bless you, Jeannie Range and Family


Deborah Green posted on 7/28/17

My kids and grandkids had nothing but high praise for this wonderful lady. Always sweet and a beautiful smile. I always enjoyed seeing her at Sacred Heart, and when I made cookies she always sent me a beautiful thank you. She will be missed.:(


Bud & Ruth Mattevi posted on 7/28/17

I am sure God was waiting with open arms to greet her. She was such a dear lady, always truly interested in people & offering support & good thoughts if you had a problem. So caring & kind to our children. Our sympathy & prayers Frank & Matt. May all of your happy memories help you in the days to come. .


Teresa Litty posted on 7/27/17

From all the Litty Family, Our deepest sympathy at this time. May you find comfort in knowing she is being embraced by our loving Heavenly Father. Peace be with you all.


Karen Range posted on 7/27/17

To the Fantin family, Fran was an awesome person and was the Nurse at Central when all my three kids were there. She was so kind and she will be missed my prayers go out to all of you. God Bless. Tom & Karen Range. Goose Creek, SC


Cheryl Kopras posted on 7/27/17

Frank and Matt, we are so sorry for your loss. Our love and prayers are with you. Fran will be so missed in our church family. I have so many wonderful memories of our talks over the many years that I helped her in the library at Sacred Heart. She always made it a point to ask about my kids and what they where up too. I know if there is a library in Heaven, she will be there! Love and miss you dear friend.


Ellen Webb posted on 7/27/17

Matt and Frank, I am so sorry to hear this. Fran was a wonderful soul.


Michael and Norma Jane Dorsey posted on 7/27/17

M. Frances Ann Fantin,s family just know we are sorry to hear of her passing! She was a wonderful woman and I enjoyed working with her in Sacred Heart's library for several years. She will be missed by many


Barbara Mast posted on 7/27/17

Fran was a kind soul, great nurse, the best at being a wide and mother. She always had a smile on her face. My love and prayers to Matt and Frank.


Cynthia Funk (Shermdifunlu) posted on 7/27/17

Dear Matthew and family, My deepest and most sincere condolences on the passing of your most cherished mother. I recall many a day at Glory Days where you would share stories of your parents. Love to you all.


Rebecca Craig posted on 7/27/17

She always took a genuine interest in my kids and all the children of Sacred Heart School even so many years after they graduated. Loved our little talks after Mass or during visits. Boy will we miss that smile but she will remain smoking forever in our hearts.


Mary (Boscarillo) Loy posted on 7/27/17

I am so sorry to hear of Fran's passing. She was such a special lady. Please accept my deepest sympathies. May she rest in peace.


Bonnie Jacobs posted on 7/27/17

Mr Fantin and Mathew, i am so sorry to read of your loss. I remember Fran with a smile that she would share with everyone she met. May God be with you during this difficult time. In Christian Love, Bonnie Jacobs


Denise Billman posted on 7/27/17

Your contagious smile will always be remembered and missed!?


Denise Billman posted on 7/27/17

Your contagious smile will always be remembered and missed!?


Denise Billman posted on 7/27/17

Matt, I'm so sorry to hear of your families loss. Your mom was such a kind, sweet lady and certainly left sweet memories in her path! I know she meant the world to you and you dad?. Prayers of comfort and support for all of you at this sad time!


Karen (Beitzel) Welch posted on 7/27/17

Frank & family, So sorry for your loss. Keeping you in my thoughts and prayers.