Services and Interment for Frances Scalpone (nee Rossi), 94, of Palatine, will be held privately.
After several days in the hospital, mom peacefully passed away on February 14th.
She and dad moved to Palatine in 1946. They were born in Chicago, and after they married in 1946, they had the chance to move out to the country, and they chose the little town of Palatine. They loved, what was then, the small-town life, so they never left.
Mom spent most of her adult life working in Palatine’s District 15 school district. She worked in the school library at Lincoln School for many years. She retired in her late 60’s, but she missed it so much that she went back and worked a couple days a week to help out and to enjoy the friendships she had made. She continued that until she was 80 years old. The days before she died, she spoke of how much she loved that job.
After dad died, she moved to The Grand in Palatine, and one of the first things she noticed when she arrived was that they had a library for the residents to use. She noticed that the books were just randomly placed on the many shelves, and the library person inside of her knew she could organize the books in a way that would make it easier to find a book to enjoy. She made it her mission to do that, and she took great pride in the results.
Mom and Dad also loved to travel (Mom more than Dad). They spent their retirement years traveling all around Europe and the United States. They always came home with new friends and many memories. She would enjoy talking to friends and family after they traveled, and she liked comparing and remembering memories about those trips. The memories from those trips brought her great comfort when the time came that she could no longer travel.
As I said, she passed away peacefully on February 14th. I hope mom and dad had a beautiful Valentine’s Day together.
Frances is survived by her children, Candi (Gregg) Fenske, Jerry (Genette) Scalpone Jr. and Mark (Sachiko) Scalpone; grandchildren, Jerry, Dave, Valerie, Nickolas, Jeremy and Meredith; great grandchildren, Jacob, Sam, Ryan, Craig, Morgan, Kristen, Olivia, Hannah, Grady, Aidan, Lillian and Talulla.
She is preceded in death by her husband, of 72 years, Gerald Scalpone Sr.
So sorry to hear of Cand’s mom passing. She was always so nice and sweet when she came into the office. May she rest in peace. Love to all of your family
Scott and I are so sorry to hear about the loss of your dear mother. She sounds like an amazing woman!
So sorry to read about Fran. We had good times at Lincoln School and shared many laughs it was a great place to be….
She was a wonderful woman.
It was a joy working with Fran so many years in the library. It was my good fortune when Fran was transferred to Lincoln School and she became my assistant and longtime friend. She had a great sense of humor, she definitely loved life and was adored by Jerry. Fran and Jerry, together again. ❤️
Fran was such a warm and welcoming person in the Lincoln library. Always enjoyed our chats while she was checking out kids or when I was bringing kinder kids book back. A wonderful woman and a life well lived.
It was a pleasure to work with Fran at Lincoln. She loves and served all of the students with care.
Fran was such a wonderful person to work with. I had her job in the library (a few assistants later). I looked forward to the days she came in to volunteer. She was always updating us on her grandkids and great grandkids
I met Fran while working at Lincoln. After she retired I would see her when she would come volunteer at Lincoln. Then when she moved in at Grand we connected through Facebook. I visited at Grand and we went out to lunch a few times. She told me how she was organizing the little library at Grand.
She was just the nicest sweet person I will miss her. ❤️
I’m so sorry to hear of Fran’s passing. She was a special and important part of my childhood. My condolences to the family.
What a blessing Aunt Fran and Uncle Jerry were to our family!! We have many cherished memories with both of them. They had a lifetime of happiness together and I find comfort in knowing they are together again!
Happy Valentine’s Day Auntie and Unk
Our sweet Aunt Fran will be remembered as one who loved her family and friends.. She had an infectious smile and laugh. She always listened and had great advice. Uncle Jerry and Aunt Fran were truly an example of a loving marriage. We will laugh again one day with both of them.
So sorry to hear of your Mom’s passing.