Frances D. DiGeso

Born: Sun., Oct. 5, 1919
Died: Mon., May 13, 2019


Funeral Service

1:00 PM Sat., May 18, 2019
Location: Immaculate Conception Church


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Frances D. (Francie) DiGeso, 99 of the Susque-View Home Lock Haven, passed away Monday May 13, 2019. Frances was born October 5, 1919 in Dauphin, PA, She was the widow of James N. DiGeso who passed away in 1985. She was the owner and operator of the former Francie's Beauty Shop in Lock Haven having opened the business in 1941. Survivors include two daughters; Paula (John) Neyhart and Amy (Paul) Rakowski. She is also survived by a number of grandchildren, nieces, and nephews.

Funeral services will be held on Saturday, May 18, 2019 at 1:00 PM in the Immaculate Conception Church,310 W. Water St Lock Haven, PA. Deacon Chip Young will officiate. There will be no visitation. Burial will follow in the St. Agnes Cemetery. Flowers will be provided by the family.  Memorial contributions can be made to the Lock Haven Catholic School, Ross Library, or the charity of choice.

Arrangements are under the direction of the Yost-Gedon Funeral Home & Cremation Services LLC.,121 W. Main St., Lock Haven. Online thoughts and memories can be made atwww.yost-gedonfuneralhome.com

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Becky Heckel Weaver
   Posted Thu May 16, 2019
Paula, Amy, and other family members. Sorry to read of the passing of your mom. I have fond memories of spending New Years Eve at you house with a sleep over and always trying to stay awake at church the next day. She made it a great time. As the years went by I enjoyed talking to her when I saw her and would often see her walking her dog. Your mom had a full and wonderful life and may you find comfort in knowing God welcomed her into his loving arms and I'm sure your dad welcomes her too. May you also find peace when sharing your life with her. What a gracious lady!

Amy DiGeso Rakowski
   Posted Thu May 16, 2019
Mom was nothing short of extraordinary, although she was always so humble.

She left her childhood home to attend beauty school at 16 years old. Afterwards, she came to Lock Haven to work as a beautician. Later, she met and married Dad and, while he was serving in the Navy during World War II, Mom got a bank loan (with no collateral) to open her beauty salon. She purchased the building at 380 East Main Street and opened Francie’s Beauty Shop. When Dad came back from the war, she told him that she had purchased the building.

I learned so much watching Mom in the beauty salon and in how she lived her life. She was a natural leader always seeing the potential in people she worked with and helping them become their best. She treated everyone with dignity and respect. I never heard her say one unkind word about anyone. She taught us that a little bit of kindness goes a long way and that a lot of kindness could change lives.

She lived her life in service to others. In turn, she expected you to do your best; just ok was never acceptable and you knew it. Why should it have been when Mom knew that you could be great? She believed in the value of others, hard work, commitment and doing one’s best.

It was wonderful being with her. She was loving, spirited, brave, witty and quick. She loved crossword puzzles and was always trying to get Paula and me to do them with her. We didn’t really like doing them but, as with everything else, Mom’s enthusiasm was hard to resist. In the last two weeks of her life when we were visiting, she finished the crossword puzzle. She was steadfast.

Most of all, she loved her family which included all of you. She would often refer to those in her life as part of her extended family. Paula and I got used to sharing her and she always had enough love and caring for everyone. No one was left behind with Mom.

It is impossible to think of this world without her. Paula visited with Mom twice a day and I talked with her every day from wherever I was. Although she was 99, it was not enough time. We will miss her so much.

Thank you for helping to make her life so happy. We appreciate your caring.


Paul and Heather Rakowski
   Posted Thu May 16, 2019
Nan was someone that inspired us all. She was full of life and so much fun to be around. She was kind, witty, smart and had a beautiful soul. We will all miss her terribly. Ella and Ben will miss reading to Nan and hearing her life stories. She will always be in our heart and we will never forget her. She has taught us the importance of living life to its fullest and always being there for your family.
We love you Nan.
Love,
Paul, Heather, Ella and Ben

Paul and Heather Rakowski
   Posted Thu May 16, 2019
Nan was someone that inspired us all. She was full of life and so much fun to be around. She was kind, witty, smart and had a beautiful soul. We will all miss her terribly. Ella and Ben will miss reading to Nan and hearing her life stories. She will always be in our heart and we will never forget her. She has taught us the importance of living life to its fullest and always being there for your family.
We love you Nan.
Love,
Paul, Heather, Ella and Ben

Dennis Caprio
   Posted Sat May 18, 2019
Paula, Amy and all the family,

Mom was an extraordinary woman will a zest for life and a great work ethic. She was kind to all as long as you didn,t step on her toes. God bless her.

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