Frances Nancy Albanese

January 13, 1939August 11, 2019
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Frances Nancy Albanese (Francy) of Lynnwood Wa died at the age of 80 years old peacefully in her home on August 11, 2019 surrounded by family members. She was born in Chicago Il on January 13, 1939 to her parents Peter and Christine Ceraulo. Francy had one sister, Nancy Stefani (Cookie) and two brothers Vito Ceraulo and William Candeletta. She attended Providence High School in Chicago and graduated in 1956. She married Salvatore Angelo Albanese in Chicago on October 1, 1957. Francy raised her four kids with the love and discipline fitting of a girl who attended an all-girls Catholic school. She and the family left Chicago and moved out west to Lynnwood in August of 1970. After the divorce Francy went to school and started working at GTE/Verizon as a telephone operator in the early 70s. Through the years she worked her way up the company ladder while supporting the family on her own. She retired from Verizon in 2001 and enjoyed traveling and spending time with her children, grandchildren and great grandchildren. She was also a long time active member of the Order Sons of Italy. She was elected and served as president of the Sno-King Lodge for several years. Francy is survived by her daughter Victoria Albanese, son Salvatore Albanese and wife Beth Albanese, daughter Christine Otani and husband Bill Otani, son Joseph Albanese and wife Laura Pierce, grandchildren Sarah Sims and husband Jeff Sims of Lake Stevens, Michael Albanese of Bellevue, her three great grandchildren, Cassidy Toyer and Torance and Iris Sims of Lake Stevens, and her sister Nancy Stefani and brother-in-law Benjamin Stefani of Chicago Il and her beloved dog Lea. She was known for her zest for life, kind soul and attention to detail. She is missed by all who knew her. A memorial service and Celebration of Life is scheduled for Wednesday, August 21 at Purdy and Walters funeral home at Floral Hills cemetery as follows: 11:00-12:00 visitation, 12:00-1:00 memorial service, 1:00-2:00 celebration of life, 2:00 graveside service. In lieu of flowers Francy requested that donations be made to Saint Jude Children’s Hospital at


  • Visitation Service Wednesday, August 21, 2019
  • Memorial Service Wednesday, August 21, 2019
  • Celebration Gathering Wednesday, August 21, 2019
  • Graveside Service Wednesday, August 21, 2019


Frances Nancy Albanese

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Renee Cruz

August 23, 2019

Although no words can take away the sorrow that you bear. May it be comforting to your family to know that others care.
I often think about the time I spent in Seattle. I was actually visiting my godmother ( Auntie Victoria) however I was getting along better with Francy lol she would let me do as I please! (I was a lil brat sorry Auntie) Francy would order us pizza and we would watch tv and just talk about anything. She was just the nicest person you could be around always happy and cheerful.
I will remember her always that way.
My deepest condolences to the Albanese family you are all in my thoughts and prayers.

Robin Scott

August 22, 2019

Hi Victoria and family. I am so sorry for your loss. My family moved into a new neighborhood in Lynnwood in the 70's, Queensboro, and Victoria became one of my friends. She and both of my parents worked for then GTE, now Verizon. One memory of Fran is watching her make those amazing and delicious raviolis, and getting to take some home. I remember my brother ate most of them and I was so mad. I was watching a movie last night and it was about four teenage girlfriends from the same neighborhood in the 1970's. They went to visit one of their grandmothers and she had plastic covering her furniture. It reminded me of Fran and her plastic covered furniture. Rest in peace sweet woman and sending prayers of comfort to Victoria and family.

Robin (Benham) Scott

Aimee Bass

August 22, 2019

I remember visiting Fran at her house almost exactly one year ago--she was so enthusiastic and joyful and happy as she gave me a tour of her home and garden. In the front yard was that gigantic tree that Fran grew from a potted plant. Vic and I and her mom were laughing and smiling the entire time reliving memories and stories.
I will always think of her as she was that day----and the way she embodied my favorite motto: Live, Love, Laugh!

Patrick Hender

August 21, 2019

My memory of Francy goes back when she and Victoria recruited me for Sons of Italy lodge #2611. Though it had another name I was familiar with that was very funny.
She made me feel right at home as I was a transplant from NJ and treated me like family. Dedicated to the Italian American experience.
A good person who always had a smile and a kind word.
I admired her care of her family being a single parent it was evident of her influence she had on their lives and love for them.
My heart felt condolences and love go out to Victoria, Salvatore, Christine, Joseph and relatives.
May God sustain you on you time of grief and give you comfort and peace.
The family and freinds who's lives she touched will forever sustain in our minds the memory of Francy Albanese.

Lori Dean

August 20, 2019

What a beautiful photo tribute to Francy!
I always enjoyed stopping by her house when I was hanging out with Victoria. Her smile would light up a room and she was so quick witted and genuine. I admired her independence too!
When my daughter Caylen was a baby I lived across the street from her and she was always very welcoming (open door policy) and we had some great conversations!
There was such a strong bond between her and her children! She raised some great kids! Victoria, Sal, Christine and Joey, I’m so sorry for the loss of your beautiful mom!

A life well lived! ❤️
A life well loved!❤️

God bless you all!
Lori Dean

Janet Orsucci

August 20, 2019

I was so sorry when Fran told us about her cancer last February. So many of us from her former OSIA lodge that for sure she would win this battle. Fran had a lot of strength and fight in her. She seemed to handle anything that came her way. I know she is going to be missed by so many, but will be remembered by everything she accomplished. I am very gratefull that Paula Cuneo and myself were able to visit her the last time she was in the hospital. Through out it all she seemed to have a very good spirit about her. I will certainly remember the good times we all had.

Misty Krause

August 16, 2019

It’s been years since I’ve seen Mrs. Albanese but I remember her most at the Sons of Italy dinners in Seattle. My deepest condolences go out to family and friends.

Elaine Volpone

August 16, 2019

I remember the first time I met Fran. It was at a Sons of Italy meeting and she walked up to me and said "Well, everyone else in the family is a member, you better join. You will not regret it!" And she was right - mostly! Ha-Ha! I will miss her terribly.
Love to the whole family.

Salvatore Albanese

August 15, 2019

This was sent to us from our aunt and uncle in Chicago:

We're so glad we could have some time with her and the family. We will always remember good times together she always had a big smile and a good heart. We will miss her and keep her in our thoughts and prayers. Our love and prayers are in our hearts and with all of you.

Love uncle Ben and auntie Cookie.

Betty Olson

August 14, 2019

I've known Fran for 49 beautiful years. My family and hers moved into a new neighborhood in 1970. One of the earliest memories I have is walking into her house and seeing Joey on the floor studying a map. He was in the second grade. There are so many great memories.....camping together or just hanging out in in basement with friends. Thanks for being my bestfriend Victoria. You, Sal, Christine and Joey will always be my family.