Frances Gaughan, 92, a Founding Member of St. Thomas More Church, ‘She Had a Green Thumb for Life’

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Frances A. Gaughan, 92, passed away on April 23, 2017 in Norwalk Hospital resulting from a fall.

Frances Gaughan obituary 05-02-17

Frances Gaughan, 92, passed away April 23. Her funeral is scheduled for May 13.

Frances was born on May 30, 1924, in Trenton, New Jersey, daughter of the late Angelo and Angela Nardi.

She grew up with six sisters, Armida (Mitha), Bianca (Blanche), Olga, Emma, Maria (Mary) and is survived by her younger sister Lena (Tootie) Panfili and a large extended family nearby.

During World War II she worked at the Grumman Aircraft Factory in Trenton, N.J. wiring bomb-bay junction boxes in fighter planes.

She married John Paul Gaughan on September 17,1949 and was the proud mother of five children, Mary Elizabeth Westlund (Meg), John Paul Gaughan Jr., Barbara Ann Gaughan, Margaret Patricia Ford (Patti) and Thomas Nardi Gaughan.

Fran was a force of nature, her joy came from doing things for others. As one of the founding families at St. Thomas More church she rarely missed a Sunday and was a supporting member of the Oblates of St. Francis De Sales Mission of Childs, Md.

She had a smile for everyone. She was a babysitter and mentor to countless generations of kids, a dog sitter, house sitter, fitness instructor, swim team mom, cheerleader, Meals on Wheels driver, accomplished bowler, paddle tennis enthusiast and caregiver.

She loved men in uniform, her five o’clock Scotch and gardens in bloom. A true child of springtime she was happiest in the garden planting and weeding. She had a green thumb for life. She was also passionate about her counted cross stitch artwork and there are hundreds of examples on display everywhere.

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an obituary from Magner Funeral Home, with some information from the obituary in the Darien News.

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She loved men in uniform, her five o’clock Scotch and gardens in bloom. A true child of the springtime she was happiest in the garden weeding. She had a green thumb for life. She was also passionate about her counted cross stitch artwork and there are hundreds of examples on display everywhere.

Fran is survived by Barbara and her husband Chris Cascio of Norwalk Connecticut, Patti and her husband Todd W. Ford of Charlotte, Vermont and Tom Gaughan of West Norwalk Connecticut. She has four grandchildren, Molly K Westlund, Lena Gaughan, Samantha and Marcia Ford.

A Mass of Christian Burial will take place at 10:30 a.m., Saturday May 13, 2017 at St. Thomas More Church, 374 Middlesex Road, Darien, Burial will be private. There will be no calling hours.