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Frances (Lanahan) Sweeney

January 9, 1937 ~ July 26, 2022 (age 85)


Frances L. Sweeney, age 85, of West Grove PA., died peacefully at home on Tuesday, July 26, 2022 after an extended illness.  Frances was predeceased by her husband of 58 years, John J. Sweeney. She leaves behind three children, Karen Berdoulay (Alan), Kevin Sweeney, and Michael Sweeney; five grandchildren, Erin, Ellen, Eli, Liam, and Jack; and 4 great grandchildren, Joshua, Nora, Simon, and Wyatt. She will also be missed by her dear cousins, nieces and nephews, and many beloved newly found and lifelong friends.

Frances was born in Chester, PA on January 9, 1937, to her mother Elizabeth and father, Thomas Lanahan.  She had a sister, Catherine, and brother, Robert, both preceded her in death.  

Frances and John were married May 16, 1959 at St. Michael’s Church in Chester, but after a brief residence in PA, they moved their young family to Wilmington, Delaware.  Fran was a working mom and held several jobs in human relations, retiring from a 30-year career at Astra Zeneca as a pension administrator. In 1975, Fran and Jack moved the family to a home they built in Landenberg, PA where they lived until relocating to West Grove a few years ago. 

Although family and friends always came first, Fran was a proud, competent, and dedicated worker and she enjoyed the relationships and opportunities for travel her work provided.  She knew how to mix work and pleasure often taking Jack along on her trips.

Fran and Jack met at the Jersey Shore and continued to vacation every summer in Sea Isle City, NJ. When the family was young, they took camping trips along the east coast of the US, exploring state and national parks as well as museums and historical sites. They had many far-flung adventures with friends, especially to beloved Ireland.

After retiring, Fran and Jack became “snowbirds,” and migrated every January to Oceana Condominium in Hutchinson Island, FL.  They had an active social life and integrated many deep friendships into their family.   Fran and Jack were gracious and generous hosts and will be remembered for the good times and good cheer!

Visitation will be 10:30 to 11:00am, Wednesday, August 3, 2022 at St Gabriel of the Sorrowful Mother Church, 8910 Gap Newport Pike, Avondale, PA 19311. Her funeral mass will follow at 11:00am.  Contributions in her memory may be made to The Bridge Food Pantry- Food Distribution Center, C/O Avon Grove Church of the Nazarene, 240 State Rd. West Grove, PA 19390.  Arrangements are by Matthew J. Grieco of Grieco Funeral Home & Crematory, Inc. (484-734-8100)  To leave an online tribute, please visit  www.griecofunerals.com

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August 3, 2022

10:30 AM to 11:00 AM
St. Gabriel of the Sorrowful
8910 Gap Newport Pike
Avondale, Pennsylvania 19311

Funeral Mass
August 3, 2022

11:00 AM
St. Gabriel of the Sorrowful
8910 Gap Newport Pike
Avondale, Pennsylvania 19311


The Bridge Food Pantry-Food Distribution Center
c/o Avon Grove Church of the Nazarene 240 State Road, West Grove PA 19390

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