Frances S. Stazzone
Frances S. Stazzone
  • October 18, 1929 - December 26, 2017
  • Glendale, Arizona

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GLENDALE - Francesca "Frances" (Santangelo) Stazzone, 88, was called to heaven and passed away at home while surrounded by loving family on December 26, 2017. She was born, October 18, 1929 in Chicago, Illinois, the second child and only daughter to Peter & Carmela Santangelo. Frances had the most beautiful soul, always a smile, laughter, and love for others.

She attended Loretto High School in Chicago and soon afterward married Attilio "Artie" Stazzone on July 10, 1948. They moved to the Mt. Greenwood neighborhood in Chicago where they built a legacy of love and family with eleven children. After Artie's death in 1975 she moved to Glendale, Arizona and dry weather in 1980 with her six youngest children.

Frances was an incredible example of love, sacrifice and strength in family. She worked as a registered medical assistant, sales clerk at JC Penny, and for twenty-four years in food service at Apollo high school while also raising her five youngest children as a single mom. Never one to complain about the trials and tribulations of life, Frances persevered with her bright gleaming smile and cheerful laugh. She taught her children to excel at school and work, give back to your fellow man, but whatever you do "don't rush her". Her children rewarded her teachings in becoming doctors, nurses, attorneys, businessmen and a teacher in Italy. She was a huge influence and inspiration to not only her children, but her grandchildren and many others throughout her life.

She loved music, dancing, candy, and all things Hawaiian. Frances fulfilled her childhood dream of traveling to Hawaii as well as trips across the US and Europe. She loved to cook and feed neighbors, friends, and her children's friends even if they weren't hungry. She had a devotion to God and was a long-time member of Our Lady of Perpetual Help Church in Glendale. More than anything else, she loved having her family and friends close to her especially during the holidays. Her joy, generosity, laughter and smile will be missed, but will live on in our hearts.

Frances was preceded in death by her husband Artie, parents Peter and Carmela, brother Sammy, and daughter Catherine Mary. She is survived by her children: Marie (Luciano) Buti, Peter (Cindy) Stazzone, Attilio Stazzone, Carmela (Frank) Mello, Salvatore (Cindy) Stazzone, Joseph Stazzone, Michelina Stazzone, Enrico (Madelyn) Stazzone, Victor (Lynne) Stazzone, Anthony (Genee) Stazzone, twenty-three grandchildren and nine great grandchildren, and a multitude of nieces, nephews and cousins all over the country whom she adored.

Visitation will be held on Thursday, January 4, 2018 from 5:00 - 9:00 pm at Chapel of the Chimes Mortuary, 7924 N. 59th Avenue, Glendale AZ 85301. A Funeral Mass will also be held on Friday, January 5, 2018 at 10:00 am at Our Lady of Perpetual Help, 5614 W Orangewood Ave, Glendale, AZ 85301 with graveside service to follow at Holy Cross Catholic Cemetery, 9925 W. Thomas Road, Avondale, AZ 85392.