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Date published: 8/19/2014

Frances Somers

Frances (Savage) Somers, 89, died Friday, Aug. 15, 2014, at her home in Fredericksburg.

"Fran" leaves her children, Donna Fish and husband Kevin, of Woodbridge, Patrick Somers of Springfield, John Somers and his wife, Susan, of Littleton, Colo., Kathy Somers and her partner, Marisa Co, of Princeton, N.J., Michael Somers and his wife, Caroline, of Stafford County; nine grandchildren, Erin (Rodger) Palko, Kristin (Eric) Allen, Kat Fish, Lindsey (Sean) Harding, Hannah Somers, Kerri Somers, Sean Somers, Francesca Somers, Juliana Somers; and five great-grandchildren, Scott, Landon, Matthew, Amelia and Isabel; and many dear and close friends and family.

Fran was preceded in death by her husband, Scott Somers and her siblings, John Savage, Margaret Savage and Ellen (Savage) Wall.

Fran was born on Dec. 27, 1924, to Kathryn and John Savage of Toledo, Ohio. Both were educators originating from upstate New York who moved to Toledo to raise their family. Kathryn passed shortly after giving birth to their ninth child, leaving the duty of helping to raise the younger siblings to Fran and her older sister. All of the children worked at the family grocery store, Savage Market, where their family bonds were forever cemented.

Fran graduated from Mercy Hospital nursing program and was immediately selected to become the head nurse of the men's floor. It was during this time that Fran met Scott Somers, a young U.S. Army Air Corps pilot, and fell in love. Fran continued to excel as a nurse in Toledo while Scott completed his military service in Europe. Fran and Scott continued their relationship after Scott's return, were married in Toledo and embarked on their adventure of more than 60 years. They raised five children rooted in Fran's upbringing in the Catholic faith and her belief in a strong Irish family bond. They subsequently moved more than a dozen times across Ohio, Pennsylvania and New York to support Scott's career with Corning Glass Works. Through these moves Fran always found familiarity and strength within each new Catholic parish, often taking leadership roles within the Altar and Rosary Society or other ministries that provided for the unique needs of that church community. Given Fran's strong devotion to Mary, it seems especially fitting that God called her to heaven on the Feast of the Assumption.

In 1983, Scott and Fran retired to Stafford to be near their grandchildren. Although, they hadn't moved closer to her hometown of Toledo, Fran retained a close connection to her family and lifelong friends spanning primary school, her nursing career and the many other friendships made along the way.

The family will receive friends from 6 to 9 p.m. on Wednesday, Aug. 20, at Mullins & Thompson Funeral Home, Stafford.

A service will be held at 11:30 a.m Thursday, Aug. 21, at St. William of York Catholic Church, Stafford.

In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made in Fran's name to Our Lady of Toledo Shrine, 655 South Coy Road, Box 167076, Oregon, OH 43616.

Condolences may be made to mullinsthompsonstafford .com.