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Frances Vardaro - Bristol Native

Frances Vardaro (Mancini) passed away peacefully on November 25, 2014 at the age of 87, surrounded by her loving family at St. John Specialty Care Center in Western Pennsylvania, after a long and heartbreaking battle with Alzheimer’s disease.

Wife of the late Michael Vardaro, Sr., Frances is survived by her son Michael Jr.; her daughter-in-law and close friend Maryellen; her granddaughter Andrea Tucker (Dan), who was her pride and joy; and her great grandson Daniel Michael Tucker, who brought her so much happiness late in her life. She was extremely close with and predeceased by her brothers Bert, Pete, Nick, and Fred Mancini and sister and inseparable friend Mary Quaranta, who raised Frances after their mother passed away when Frances was 7 years old. She is also survived by her sister-in-law and best friend since childhood, Anna Mancini; sisters-in-law Laura Mancini and Ida DeMatteo (Nick); and many loving nieces and nephews.

Born in Bristol Borough, Frances graduated from Bristol High School in 1945, where her classmates voted her “best dressed,” a designation about which she remained proud throughout her life. Frances loved to dance and met her future husband at a dance in Philadelphia. They married on June 21, 1953, and they resided in Bristol Township until his death one day before their 49th anniversary in 2002.

Frances’s greatest joy was her family, and she was devoted to their well-being and happiness. Her family and friends will remember her as a natural caregiver, devoting years to caring for her father; her siblings; her husband; her son, daughter-in-law, and granddaughter; and many of her family members’ children. Despite her rapidly declining mental and physical health, Frances spent her first days at St. John Specialty Care Center assisting other residents during meals. Besides taking care of others, Frances loved spending time with and talking about her family, especially her beloved 2-year-old great grandson, Danny.

At Frances’s request, there will be no memorial service, and interment with her late husband at St. Mark Cemetery will be private. Contributions in her memory may be made to St. Mark School Library – Book Purchases, 1024 Radcliffe Street, Bristol, PA 19007.

Arrangements are under the direction of Wade Funeral Home, Bristol Borough.