Frances M. Kennedy passed away February 18 in Nassau Point, Cutchogue, where she lived with her daughter Maureen Meyer-Cavanagh, her son-in-law Edward Cavanagh and grandson Joseph. She had just turned 92.
In 1970, Frances and her husband, Joseph, relocated from Queens Village to the Captain Brown House in Orient, making it their permanent home. They cherished each day and every moment of their lives there. In 1988, after the death of her husband, Frances moved from Orient to live with her daughter Maureen and family in Nassau Point.
Frances was a loving mother and grandmother. She was blessed with eight grandsons and, last year, the birth of three great-grandsons. Frances loved her life, was always cheerful and loved being a mother — first and foremost. Frances took pride in being a homemaker; she enjoyed cooking, canning fruits and vegetables and making jams and jellies. She had a special talent for crocheting, quilting and sewing. Her specialty, though, was crocheting beautifully designed afghans, which were displayed in numerous craft shows on the North Fork.
Frances was a knowledgeable and accomplished gardener. She loved the beach, camping, swimming, nature and the outdoors. All of these things came together at one of her favorites campsites, Hither Hills in Montauk, where she and her family spent many vacations. Her most favorite activity and fondest memory was swimming at Youngs Road beach in Orient. Frances was a devout and fervent Catholic. She was an admirer of Mother Angelica on the EWTN network. Every day she would tune in and watch the rosary and the daily Mass. Frances and her husband, Joseph, a decorated WWII Marine Veteran who fought at Guadalcanal, were true Americans and patriots who loved their country and valued honesty, kindness and friendship.
Frances is survived by her three children, Suzanne Russo of Lindenhurst, Steven Kennedy of Manhattan and Maureen Meyer-Cavanagh of Nassau Point; her eight grandsons, Robert Russo of Lindenhurst, Richard Russo of Bay Shore, Ryan Russo of Babylon; Greg Kennedy of San Francisco, Calif., Todd Kennedy of Brooklyn, Timothy Meyer of Ocala, Fla., Christopher Meyer of Nassau Point; and Joseph Cavanagh of Nassau Point; and her three great-grandsons, Robert Jr., Vincent and Harrison.
The Liturgy of Christian Burial was celebrated at St. Patrick R.C. Church by Fr. George Michell. Frances was buried alongside her husband, Joseph, at St. Agnes Cemetery in Greenport. Arrangements were entrusted to DeFriest-Grattan Funeral Homes.
This is a paid notice.