HUBBARD - Frances Gale, 94, of Hubbard, passed away Wednesday, Nov. 13, 2013, at St. Elizabeth Health Center with her daughter and friends by her side.
"Nov. 13, the feast day of Saint Frances Cabrini ... now another saintly Frances is joining her."
She was born Sept. 2, 1919, in Youngstown, a daughter of Barbara Klein and Joseph Moritz.
Frances spent her entire life in Youngstown. In addition to being a homemaker, she had been employed at the Ohio Leather Co.
Many benefited by her baking talents: Easter Seal events; her famous pineapple upside-down cake, baked every year for the past 20 years for her daughter's lake friends; or baking for the church festivals. She always had the time.
She is survived by her daughter, Carole G. McDonough of Liberty; her sister-in-law, Genevieve Moritz of Scottdale, Pa.; several nieces and nephews; and her great-great-niece, Marie Dankovich of Arlington, Va. In addition, she is survived by her "daughters of heart," Nancy Lawson, Angela Kunze, Pattie Novello, Carole Elias, Vilma O'Neil and Doris Novello; and her very special "niece of heart," Candice Elizabeth Lawson. Frances was a second mother to all of her daughter's friends.
She will be sadly missed by her daughter, Carole, and her beloved "Maggie," who was by her side 24/7.
Preceding her in death were her parents; her husband, William P. Gale, who passed away July 6, 1990; her brothers, Andrew, Joseph and John Moritz; and her sisters, Mary Korandovitch, Anna Simmons and Josephine "Betty" Moritz.
Frances had been a member of the Easter Seals Auxiliary and a sustaining member of the Angels of Easter Seals. She was generous of time, heart and purse, and she was a member of St. Patrick Church, Hubbard, and its senior citizen group.
A friend summed up her life so well: "a great lady of a generation that defined our culture." Ninety-four years old, she was active in mind and spirit, and never lost her wit to the end.
Her daughter is grateful for the many years of professional, kind care provided by Dr. Gerald Mihok and his staff. During the last months, Dorothy Martin and Beverly Mumaw provided her with loving and tender care.
Friends and family may call from 4 to 7 p.m. today at Schiavone Funeral Home and beginning 11 a.m. Saturday morning at St. Patrick Church in Hubbard. A Mass will follow at noon.
Please visit www.schiavonefh.com to share condolences.