OBITUARY

Frank Andrew France, Sr.

September 21, 1925June 11, 2019
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Frank Andrew France, Sr. passed away on Tuesday, June 11, 2019 at the age of 93. Preceded in death by his parents, Frank M. Franicevich and Una Subat Franicevich, his wife Patricia Kehoe France, son Kevin Charles France (Patricia), daughter, Mary France and his sister Ana Franicevich. He is survived by his companion Patricia Durel, his sons Kelly France (Monet), Kyle France (Kendra), Frank “Kie” France (Connie). Also survived by his grandchildren, Molly France Fernandes (Hersh), Emily France Poche (Matt), Patrick D. France, Tucker A. France, Gabriel Rene France, Atticus J. France, Henry G. France, Mary Martin France and Anna Kate France, and his great grandchild, Margaret Victoria Fernandes.

Mr. France graduated from St. Louis Cathedral (1940), Holy Cross (1944) and Loyola (1948). He was an educator at Kehoe-France School. He was a member of the ARC of New Orleans, Rotary, Legatus and the Knights of Babylon. He served in the United States Army 43rd Infantry from 1950-1952. Mr. France was also an Eagle Scout, which was one of his proudest accomplishments.

Special thanks to his caregivers Crystal Townsend and Sandra Ross for their loving care and support.

Relatives and friends are invited to attend a Memorial Mass at Lake Lawn Metairie Funeral Home, 5100 Pontchartrain Blvd. on Tuesday June 18, 2019 at 5:00 PM. Visitation will begin at 1:00 PM. Interment will be private. Donations requested to the ARC of New Orleans or the Magnolia School.

The family invites you to share your thoughts, fond memories, and condolences online at www.lakelawnmetairie.com

Services

  • Visitation Tuesday, June 18, 2019
  • Memorial Mass Tuesday, June 18, 2019

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Mary McCORMICK

June 19, 2019

I am so grateful to Mr. France for creating a school with a inclusive culture that valued each child as a unique individual and celebrated diversity. It is lovely for children to feel safe and loved at school and so excited about learning. Mr. France was an excellent role model for the children. He was a clear communicator and imparted his values of hard work, courage and perseverance.

Jennifer Case Nevarez

June 18, 2019

I am usually pretty good with words, but today, find myself at a loss, unable to truly describe in words the magnitude of just what a profound influence Mr. France was in my life and how dear he has always been to me. Blessed to know him both inside and outside of school, my life has been grounded and shaped by his relentless demand that we build good character and integrity as human beings and always do our best. I am eternally grateful that he set a high standard and held values and morals as important as a quality education. I am forever grateful, Mr France, for the incredible learning environment you created for all of us and for the powerful influence and exceptional mentor you proved to be. Memories of your teasing, as well as inspiring me, will forever make me smile, and I will have a hot dog in your honor this week! ( only you and my parents will likely recall that story) Meanwhile, forever grateful and with much love and appreciation, Jennifer Case Nevarez (aka Goggles, as you use to call me when I was young)

Neal Villarrubia

June 18, 2019

Mr. Frank France.
Mr. France was a bright light spreading his love through a prism allowing all colors to acknowledge that they not only exist but were aspects of the myriad ways he loved people and inspired so many children.
Mr. Frank’s Love was his essence, and he shined this light on so many, inspiring children, teachers, parents, and all he came in contact with.
Mr. Frank France’s Light is and will continue to shine influencing all whoever came in contact with him and his bright shining light of love and inspiration.
And, thank you Mr. France for shining your light on me.
I loved you then, and I love you now, and I will love you in the future.
Peace and Love,
Neal and Marilyn Villarrubia.

Peggy Duffel Simmons

June 17, 2019

Frank France was a special man. He was Head Master when our children were attending Kehoe-France. It was a wonderful school and the teachers were terrific. Frank was a good Catholic and true to God and his Country. He will be missed by many.
Sincerely,
Peggy Duffel Simmons

Jim Nickel

June 17, 2019

Mr. Frank was an inspiration to all of us in business and public life. Always professional - always smiling - always positive - always dressed appropriately. He was a true southern gentleman. He raised some great kids and influenced thousands of young lives at Kehoe France. He left this earth way better than he found it. I often asked Kyle, "How is your Dad doing?" And Kyle would respond, "Jim, he is unbelievable. He is unstoppable. He went to dinner last night and was calling me about work first thing this morning. " And that was happening just months ago. Thanks Mr. Frank - you will be missed.

Therese Barry

June 16, 2019

Our family had a long and happy relationship with the France family. Many times we remarked that Frank had the amazing ability to become semi-members of the many families with whom he interacted. For example, we have photos of the 1997 LSU medical center graduation. There, in our group family photos taken during the ceremony, sits Frank.
May memories of happy time bring your comfort ; hugs and God bless.

Pat and Bill Loewe

June 13, 2019

We, as so many others, are beyond grateful for the lessons learned........academic, character, spiritual, by our children and for the great start in life they received by attending Kehoe-France and by being guided by the France family led by Mr. France. We are appreciative of the continuing interest and support Mr. France gave to all his students, well beyond their time at Kehoe-France. He had an enduring influence on so many lives. We are forever thankful. Definitely a life well lived.

Bill McGuire

June 13, 2019

So sorry to hear about Frank France--really liked and respected him. In junior high at NOA in the 50's, had a kind of respectfull fear of him. Got to know him a little differently in high school, and saw him and wife Pat a lot away from school when I was driving the train in Audubon Park one summer and they were doing their Kehoe France Day Camp there. Later,when my boys started school at the new Kehoe France Metairie campus in early 70's around time I was appointed dir/chief probation officer of Orleans Juvenile Court, we had many good talks at pta and open house. 'Twas nice to get to know him on adult level. He wrote me an amazing reference letter for Federal Probation and told the FBI agents doing my background investigation, they couldn't find a better candidate.
When he received a prestigious award from Loyola a few years ago, I wrote him a long letter Thanking him for teaching me so many things in and out of the class room, and helping me build character to make my path in life. And,received a long reply from him saying how proud he was of me. It was never about Frank, it was always about the other person. Sure glad a rebellious kid like me had a teacher--later friend--like him.
Frank France came from humble beginings, rose to become a Great educator, leader, and human being--always full of enthusiasm and can do spirit. He truly wanted everyone to be the best they can, not necessarily in the sense of an A student but as a human being. And, he led by example.
Bill McGuire, Black Mountain,NC

Sr. Isabel Ordono

June 12, 2019

Mr. France was for me one of the most unforgetable characters I will ever meet. He loved his Teresian Sisters, and was very proud of his Teresian elementary education. He once shared with me that a good part of the man he had become he owed it to the Sisters who taught him. Out of his gratitude he became one of our benefactors, always ready to lend a hand whenever a need arose. The last time I saw him was at our Rock-n-Bowl event two years ago. He felt he needed to be present to show his love and support. I will never forget you, Mr. France. You were a very special person. May the good Lord grant you the new life He promised to those who loved Him and cared for others.

Suzanne Tanzberger

June 12, 2019

Frank A. France was the epitome of a fine immigrant's son who lived and learned and gave back to America the greatest gift those of us who knew he and Pat could be given, the gift of an exemplary education for our children .
The broadness and the depth, not just book learning , but the formation of character , personal responsibility , respect, and love of God and country.
Telling parents that homework and studying was the responsibility of the
student only, not the parent!!! The
Consequences always remained with
the KF student and those students have thrived and moved on prepared for further scholastic and life challenges.
What a gift!!! Frank we love you. Your earthly life is over, your work is done.
May you forever rest in joy and peace.

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