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Frances J. Thompson (Palmiere)

 Frances J. Thompson, 78, of Holland, passed away Thursday, November 10, 2022. She was the beloved wife of Jerry T. Thompson, Sr. 

Frances was born on January 25, 1944 in South Philadelphia to her two loving Italian immigrant parents, the late Francesco and Mary (Cordua) Palmiere. As the youngest of four children, she was raised in a strong Italian-Catholic family culture which laid the foundation for how she would eventually raise her own family. During her childhood, her mother’s health issues resulted in Fran’s experiencing several years without her presence. With strong love from her father and her Catholic school nuns, Fran learned resilience and gained strength beyond measure. These experiences molded her into the strong, compassionate, independent woman that everyone has known her to be. She leaned on her faith in God from a young age and that theme played out for the remainder of her days.  Fran graduated in 1962 from Saint Maria Goretti High School. Later that year she started working for the government and met Jerry, her future husband. They married in 1965. When they started a family, Fran left her job to become a full-time mother for the next 30 years, working only part-time jobs at night so she could be with her children during the day. As her children grew, she continued her work in the healthcare field serving various roles as Medicare insurance manager for nursing home facilities. Eventually she worked at Saint Mary Medical Center for 14 years as a Cardiology transcriptionist. There she made many life-long friends before she retired in 2016.  The remainder of her time was focused on volunteering at St. Mary’s in their cancer department BeeWell boutique, teaching children’s sewing classes in her home, making Fancy Francie’s seasonings and jarred goodies, and tending to her beautiful garden.  Fran’s garden was her pride and joy. It was the place she found peace and developed a strong connection to her hummingbirds. She always made sure to appreciate and nourish God’s beautiful gift of nature. Fran was an avid member of the Philadelphia Horticultural Society for many years, attended every Philadelphia Flower Show for over 40 years and was a member of Tamanend Herb Club in Bucks County.  Fran’s devotion to God and her family above all else was witnessed by everyone who crossed her path. She was a true matriarch who taught her family to always have faith in God’s plan. She led by example and truly demonstrated the importance of always seeking light in the darkness. She will always be remembered saying “I will find the joy.” She will be dearly missed by her family and friends and all those whose lives she touched.

 Along with her husband Jerry, Frances is survived by three children, Jerry Thompson, Jr. (Michelle) of Pottstown, Laurie Thompson of Holland, and Heather Thompson-Bobroski (Tom) of Langhorne; five grandchildren, James, Jeremy, Jack, Francesca, and Shane; and sister Agatha.

She was preceded in death by two siblings, Dominic and Dorothy.

Relatives and friends are invited to greet the family Thursday, November 17, 2022 from 10:00 am until the funeral mass at 11:30 am at St. Andrew Catholic Church, 81 Swamp Road, Newtown. Interment will follow at All Saints Cemetery, Newtown.

Contributions in Frances’ name can be made to Angiosarcoma Awareness (www.cureasc.org) or The International Hummingbird Society (www.hummingbirdsociety.org). 

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Service/Memorial Information
  • Morning Visitation

    Thursday, November 17th, 2022
    10:00 AM - 11:30 AM

    St. Andrew Catholic Church
    81 Swamp Road
    Newtown, PA 18940

  • Service

    Thursday, November 17th, 2022
    11:30 AM

    St. Andrew Catholic Church
    81 Swamp Road
    Newtown, PA 18940

  • Cemetery

    Thursday, November 17th, 2022

    All Saints Cemetery
    291 Durham Road
    Newtown, PA 18940

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