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Obituary for Franca "Fran" Ritossa (Lavin)

After a 3 year battle with ovarian cancer on February 26, 2024 at 63 years of age with her family by her side. Beloved wife of James Lavin for 37 years. Loving mother of Warren & Jason Lavin. Cherished Nana of Paige and Olivia Lavin. Fran is predeceased by her parents Rosa (1970) & Marcello (1984); by her brother Paolo (2011); and by her special cousins Silvano (2016) and Franko (2016). She is survived by her sister Milia (Joe Tomljenovic); sister-in-law Irene Ritossa; and by the wives of her special cousins Madeline Mekis and Janet Ritosa. Fran was the much loved daughter-in-law to Gerald (2023) and Agnes Lavin; and sister-in-law to Mike & Helen Lavin, Kathy & Tom Moore, Maureen & Henry Shuurman, and Patty & Ed Ball. She was an especially kind and fun loving person who was a voracious reader, gardener and thoroughly enjoyed the time she could spend in Florida. The family would like to thank Fran’s sister Milia and cousin Janet Ritosa for all their caregiving in the last 2 weeks of her life. Visitation will be held on Thursday February 29, 2024 from 9 am till the time of Fran’s funeral service at 11 am at Families First South Windsor, 3260 Dougal Ave., South Windsor, 519-969-5841. Interment St. Mary’s Cemetery Maidstone. Donations to the Hospice of Windsor and Essex County would be appreciated by the family. Share memories, photos or make a donation online at “You can never be defined by cancer and death because you were love, laughter, creativity, joy, excitement, and life!”