Frances Gav­ern

Jan­uary 12, 2019

The Times-Tribune - - OBITUARIES -


Frances Gav­ern of South Scran­ton passed away at the age of 95 sur­rounded by her true lov­ing fam­ily on Satur­day, Jan. 12. She and her hus­band, Louis Gav­ern, who died in 2013, would have cel­e­brated their 65th wed­ding an­niver­sary on Oct. 1, 2018.

Gram, as she was most af­fec­tion­ately called by her fam­ily, was born on Sept. 24, 1923, in Casan­drino, Naples, Italy, the daugh­ter of the late Luigi and Anna Ca­iazzo. Frances and Louis met in Italy in 1953 and came to Amer­ica. In her younger years, she was a dress­maker at Fam­ily Gar­ment. She was a de­voted mem­ber of St. Paul of the Cross Parish and shared a spe­cial re­la­tion­ship with Fa­ther Scott, for whom she loved to cook. Frances loved vol­un­teer­ing at the an­nual spaghetti din­ner at St. Fran­cis of As­sisi Parish mak­ing sauce, as well as at La Festa Ital­iana mak­ing cap­puc­cino, and at­tend­ing St. Ann’s Novena. She was also a mem­ber of the church Al­tar & Rosary So­ci­ety and the Young at Heart Club.

Gram, the fam­ily’s true ma­tri­arch, loved noth­ing more than cook­ing and spend­ing time with her fam­ily. Pro­tect­ing, car­ing, com­pas­sion­ate, her en­dur­ing legacy will live on. In her elder years, she lived with and was cared for ex­clu­sively by her daugh­ter, Ann Marie and son-in-law, Paul Jr. The bond with her daugh­ter was unique and un­break­able.

Frances’ fam­ily would like to ex­tend a spe­cial thank you to Fa­ther Scott Sterowski for all of his love and com­pas­sion he had for Frances.

She is sur­vived by her daugh­ter, Ann Marie Batyko and her hus­band, Paul Jr., Scran­ton; son, Louis Gav­ern and wife, Donna, Daleville; grand­chil­dren, at­tor­ney Paul Batyko III; Christo­pher Batyko and wife, Lau­ren; Matthew, Phillip and Maria Batyko, Ja­son and Amy Gav­ern; brother, Paul; and sis­ter Dolorade, both of Italy; sev­eral great-grand­chil­dren, nieces and neph­ews.

She was pre­ceded in death by three sis­ters.

A Mass of Chris­tian Burial will be cel­e­brated Wed­nes­day at 11 a.m. in Sa­cred Hearts of Je­sus and Mary Church, St. Paul of the Cross Parish, 1217 Prospect Ave., Scran­ton. In­ter­ment, Cathe­dral Ceme­tery.

Friends and fam­ily may pay their re­spects Wed­nes­day morn­ing in the church from 9 a.m. un­til Mass time. In lieu of flow­ers, me­mo­rial con­tri­bu­tions may be made to St. Paul of the Cross Parish, 1217 Prospect Ave., Scran­ton, PA 18505.

Fu­neral ar­range­ments are un­der the care and the di­rec­tion of the Miller Bean Fu­neral Home, 436 Cedar Ave., Scran­ton.

Please visit the fu­neral home web­site to leave an on­line con­do­lence.

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