Frances French

Frances R. French

Saturday, September 25th, 1937 - Friday, August 30th, 2019
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Frances R. French (nee Nusbaum), of Armonk, N.Y., devoted mother, grandmother, sister, and friend, passed away Friday, August 30, 2019, after a three-year battle with lung cancer. She was born September 25, 1937, in New York City to Ben and Mary Nusbaum. A 1955 graduate of New Rochelle High School, Fran trained at the Albany Medical Center School of Nursing and was Assistant Head Nurse for Pediatrics at Lenox Hill Hospital in New York before returning to Albany as supervisor of nursing students. In 1975 she moved to Armonk where she would live for the remainder of her life.
Fran dedicated countless hours to her community, serving in leadership positions in the Byram Hills Parent Teachers Association, the Armonk Lions Club (of which she was at one time president), North Castle Cares, and the community volunteer emergency response effort NC4. She also founded one of the first support groups for parents in Westchester County.
Returning to her nursing career after her children were older, Fran continued her life-long commitment to working with children in the Byram Hills, Blind Brook, and Chappaqua School Districts.
Fran was preceded in death by her husband Benjamin I. French, Jr., and her beloved parents. She is survived by her loving children Peter Roff of Alexandria, Va., and Debbie Falcone (Pete) of Palm Beach Gardens, Fla.; her grandchildren Alex, Miriam, Thatcher, and Samuel Roff, and Nicholas and Lucas Falcone; her sister Amy Schoen (Manfred) of Rye Brook, numerous cousins, nieces and nephews across generations, and her steadfast friend and companion Jim Northrup.
Fran will be interred at a graveside service at the Kensico Cemetery, 273 Lakeview Avenue, Valhalla, N.Y., on Sunday, September 8, 2019, at 2:00 p.m.
In lieu of flowers or charitable contributions, the family asks those who wish to honor her memory do something nice for another person, perhaps a stranger, specifically with Fran in mind. She was a very giving person and it would please her very much.
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  • Service

    Sunday, September 8th, 2019 | 2:00pm
    Sunday, September 8th, 2019 2:00pm
    Kensico Cemetery
    273 Lakeview Avenue
    VALHALLA, NY 10595
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email
  • Interment

    Sunday, September 8th, 2019 | 2:30pm
    Sunday, September 8th, 2019 2:30pm
    Kensico Cemetery
    273 Lakeview Avenue
    VALHALLA, NY 10595
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email


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Mary Fix

Posted at 05:16pm
Fran was a true friend, a dear soul who never complained. She and I worked in nursing at the Wampus School and volunteered at NC4 and we did a lot of emailing later. Fran was a very unique and generous person, who will be missed by all who knew her. May she rest in peace.
I extend my deepest sympathy to all Fran's family. I am very sorry for your loss.
Mary Fix


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Posted at 04:01pm
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Colleen Gallagher

Posted at 08:53am
Frannie was always on the go. She enjoyed helping others and loved working as a nurse with children. I remember her countless hours of dedication to the annual Armonk Lions Fol-de-Rol as the first woman of the service club, joining her beloved husband, Ben French. A true and loyal friend . May she rest in heavenly peace with Ben, " It's a beautiful day in Armonk, USA!". Armonk has lost one of it's finest neighbors.
Colleen M. Gallagher

Amy Nusbaum Schoen

Posted at 11:38am
It is impossible to imagine life without my sister, Fran. There was not a day that went by that we didn't speak to each (by phone) not texting. We shared a childhood in New Rochelle, NY in our growing up years. We were close in age although 2 years apart in school. We shared sports, camp, arguments, making up, school experiences, joys and sorrows, loves and losses, parents who loved us, We celebrated our successes and consoled each other with our mistakes or failures. We grew together.

Fran was devoted to community and "giving back" and we shared that as well. We learned that from our parents who were role models for service. Fran had a delicious sense of humor and an infectious laugh. She had a great smile. We spent many hours talking about politics and shared most of the same views.

She was highly principled and had a great sense of humanity and the need for kindness and caring in the world around her. She wanted to be a nurse from the time she was 7 years old and never waivered. She brought honor to her profession and was very fulfilled in her role as a medical professional. As I said, we had our disagreements but always made up and could talk things out. She was always there sharing her words of wisdom and advice. I respected and admired her always.

It is hard for me to imagine my life without Fran.

Her loving sister,

Amy Nusbaum Schoen

The Roff and Falcone children

Posted at 04:42pm
For our Grammy.
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