Francina Pelletier

Francina Marie "Frannie" Pelletier

Saturday, March 7th, 1931 - Friday, August 14th, 2020
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Calais - It is with heavy hearts the family announces the passing of Francina “Frannie” Marie (Murphy) Pelletier on August 14,2020. She was born March 7,1931 in Calais, ME, the daughter of Alice (Cody) and Ivan Murphy.

She graduated from Calais Memorial High School, class of '49'. After graduation she went to work in the office of F. W. Woolworth until her marriage to Harold Pelletier on Aug. 25, 1953. Francina went back to work later in years working for Machias Savings Bank. She was a life-long Communicant of Immaculate Conception Catholic Church of Calais, Daughters of Isabella and Ladies Sodality of ICC. She volunteered at the coffee shop at Calais Regional Hospital and Calais Thrift Store.

Frannie was a voracious reader and always the leading hostess for many gatherings in the Mud Lane neighborhood of Calais, which is fondly and well-known as The Center of the Universe. She also hosted Frannie’s Coffee Table in her home during the late afternoon, five days a week for over 50 years.

In addition to her parents she was predeceased by her husband Harold in 2001 on Frannie’s 70th birthday, infant son Daniel, son Dennis, sisters Eileen Burnett, Rita Graffman, Connie Smith, Sandra Severance, brother Francis Murphy, grandson Michael Curran, brothers-in-law Carrol Burnett, Ben Graffman, Neil Severance, Angelo Morneault, Gerald Pelletier, and Raymond Pelletier; sisters-in-law Fern Morneault and Lena Pelletier; and niece Judy Gilchriest.

She is survived by her daughter and special son-in-law Sharon “Sherri” and Tony Curran of St Stephen NB; sons Douglas (Lisa) of Calais and Kevin of Santa Monica, CA. Surviving brothers-in-law are Merl Smith, Edmund Pelletier(Shirley), Maurice Pelletier(Claudette), Philip Pelletier(Claire), and sister-in-law Blanche Pelletier. Frannie’s grandchildren include Jay (Mandy) Curran, Joel (Tracey Muxworthy) Curran, Stacy Curran (Paul Arseneau), Lucas (Teresa Hollingdale) Nathan Pelletier (Lauren), and Travis Pelletier; great grandchildren, Allison, Breanna, Jayden, Ethan and Mya Curran, Rebecca Dow (Daniel) and Aaron Devereaux and great-great grandson Jax Dow. Also, special adopted granddaughter, Linda. Frannie had many very special nieces and nephews who considered her a favorite and likewise from her. She also leaves behind special life-long best friends Doreen Hill, Linda and Butch McLaughlin and Anna Seeley, all from Calais.

The family is grateful for the care, compassion and treatment provided to Frannie by Dr. Wilkinson, the Calais Regional Hospital doctors, nurses and staff over the last couple of years during her health challenges. She was also blessed by the continuous attention of Father Kevin Martin.

Visiting hours will be held 2:00 to 4:00 pm on Wednesday, August 19 at Mays Funeral Home, 26 Church St., Calais. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated by Father Kevin J. Martin at 10:00 am, on Thursday, August 20th at Immaculate Conception Church, 31 Calais Ave, Calais. Burial will follow at Calais Cemetery. The funeral will be also aired at 10:00am LIVE-stream on Saint Kateri Tekakwitha Parish Facebook page. Please adhere to CDC guidelines for public gatherings. The church Mass is limited to 50 celebrants. Alternatively, all are invited to attend the graveside service immediately following the Mass service. In lieu of flowers, Frannie wanted donations directed to the Irene Chadbourne Ecumenical Food Pantry, 513 Main St., Calais, ME 04619. Condolences and memories may be shared at
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  • Visitation

    Wednesday, August 19th, 2020 | 2:00pm - 4:00pm
    Wednesday, August 19th, 2020 2:00pm - 4:00pm
    Mays Funeral Home
    26 Church St
    CALAIS, ME 04619
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  • Mass of Christian Burial

    Thursday, August 20th, 2020 | 10:00am
    Thursday, August 20th, 2020 10:00am
    Immaculate Conception Roman Catholic Church
    31 Calais Ave
    CALAIS, ME 04619
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email
    The funeral will be also aired at 10:00am LIVE-stream on Saint Kateri Tekakwitha Parish Facebook page.
    Father Kevin J. Martin
  • Interment

    Thursday, August 20th, 2020 | 11:00am
    Thursday, August 20th, 2020 11:00am
    Calais Cemetery
    South Street
    CALAIS, ME 04619
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Jeffrey McLaughlin

Posted at 08:45pm
Coming home will never be the same. The neighborhood has changed a lot. I hope the next generation will feel the absolute joy of growing up in a neighborhood where they know love of neighbor like we did.
It didn’t matter if it was a wedding or a funeral, you could expect a visit from Frannie collecting for the cause. It was a safe neighborhood, we were allowed to run free and yet our parents always knew where we were. I know Harold has be waiting patiently for her and the joy of knowing they are reunited fills my heart with joy.

Love to you all,
Jeff McLaughlin

Gloria & Gene Lindsay

Posted at 08:18am
Sherri and Tony thinking of you and your family at this difficult time.

Fr. Kevin Martin

Posted at 01:14pm
Dear family
May the God of Hope give you the fullness of peace. and may the Lord of Life always be with you.
+Eternal rest grant unto her, O Lord, and may perpetual light shine upon her. May her soul, and all the souls of the faithful departed, through the mercy of God, rest in peace. Amen


Posted at 02:04pm
Sherri & Tony - We're so very sorry for your loss. We only met Frannie once, but we could see that she had lots of energy and spunk. We'll all miss her delicious Mac & Cheese that she always made for the NASCAR trips. She certainly lived a full life with a large family and many friends. We're thinking of you with heavy hearts.
Your friends,
Judy & Stacey

Bob and MaryLou McGraw

Posted at 09:40am
To the Pelletier Family: So sorry to hear of Frannie's passing. She lit up the neighborhood and I know her home sitting on the corner was the gathering place for young and old. She will be missed but what a lot of stories you will hear over the years. Will always remember her smiling face and her laugh was contagious. Sending our prayers and kind thoughts as you grieve the loss of your Mom.

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