Doane Beal & Ames

729 Route 134, South Dennis, MA


Frances M. DeRuvo

August 11, 1921March 12, 2020

Frances M. (Guerra) DeRuvo slipped away quietly in Hyannis on Cape Cod during the early morning hours of March 12th, surrounded by her adoring family. She was 98.

Born in Sherborn, Massachusetts, in 1921, Frances grew up in a large Italian-American family as the first of seven children born to Corina and Vittorio Guerra. Frances attended Framingham public schools where she excelled academically and graduated from Framingham High School.

In 1943, Frances met and was swept off her feet by the love of her life, David DeRuvo of Milford. While his World War II deployment to the European theater temporarily interrupted their love story, upon his return in 1946 they began their 65-year life journey. Together, they raised two daughters, Karen DeRuvo of Milford and Linda DeRuvo-Keegan of Silver Spring, Maryland; created beautiful homes for their family in Milford and on Cape Cod; and built a strong marriage rooted in deep devotion and love.

A lifelong Bay Stater, Frances lived in Milford for 52 years, worked on a part-time basis for more than 20 years at the Jordan Marsh Company at Shoppers’ World in Framingham, and in 1998 moved to Dennis. She was a world-class cook, an inspired gardener, a woman of impeccable character and taste, a discerning shopper, and an avid Boston Red Sox and New England Patriots fan. A model of self-discipline and determination, she could do anything she set her mind to doing. Above all, Frances was defined by a selfless devotion to her family that was manifested in the values she imparted to her children and in the kindness implicit in her everyday actions. Her greatest pride—indeed, her lasting monument—was her family.

Frances was predeceased by her husband David and her siblings Agnes Guerra, Mafalda “Muffie” Regan, Muriel Delage, Thelma Heck, and Albert Guerra. In addition to her children, she is survived by her loving sons-in-law Robert Speroni and Kevin Keegan, her wonderful sister Elena Rocheford of Ashland, and numerous nieces and nephews.

She was deeply grateful for the care given to her and her husband by Dr. William Fenney, their long-time physician.

Calling hours are 9:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. on Tuesday, March 17th, at Doane, Beal & Ames Funeral Home in South Dennis. A Catholic Mass will follow at 11 a.m. at Sacred Heart Chapel in Yarmouth Port with burial immediately after at Woodside Cemetery. For online condolences, please visit www.doanebealamesdennis.com.


  • Visiting Hours Tuesday, March 17, 2020
  • Funeral Mass Tuesday, March 17, 2020
  • Burial Tuesday, March 17, 2020


Frances M. DeRuvo

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Jack Lynch Uxbridge, MA

March 26, 2020

DeRuvo Family,

So very sorry for your loss.

Steven Heck

March 16, 2020

Dear Karen and Linda,

Auntie Franny meant so much to me. I remember all my fantastic summer time visits to the Cape. She would fry up the smelts that I use catch in my nets. Auntie Franny was always so positive and giving. I know my Mom always looked up to her and loved her deeply. Same with my Father.


Evelyn/Bob Twomey

March 15, 2020

Evelyn and I send our deepest condolences. Warm memories of a great neighborhood and some fun times. RIP.

Love Flossie

March 14, 2020

Karen and Linda - your Mom was a beautiful person. Her love and amazing beauty, inside and out, will be so missed. I am so deeply saddened to her of her passing - May you be lifted by the wonderful memories that you will cherish forever.
God Bless you all.


Ann Bodio

March 14, 2020

We have such special memories of your parents as well as both of you. We hope we can all remember those good times.
Your Mom was one of the kindest LADY’s we knew.
Our love to you both. We’re trying to get home from Florida and will try to see you.
Love you both
Ann & Bob

Diane Shook

March 13, 2020

Our deepest love and sympathy go out to Linda and her sister and their families. My memory of Frances comes from all the stories shared by Linda about Frances' indelible spirit and strength as a loving mother. May God's love and grace comfort you in this difficult time. We send our love. Dan and Diane