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Frances "Fran" Demillion

November 29, 1937 — December 24, 2022

Kennett Square, PA


Frances "Fran" (Giannetti) DeMillion, age 85, passed away on Sunday, December 24, 2022, in Paoli, Pennsylvania.

Fran DeMillion was born on November 29, 1937 in Monessen, Pennsylvania. She is survived by her daughters Marcy DeMillion and Joan DeMillion, and sons John DeMillion and Barry DeMillion, as well as sisters Kathy Breakwell, Patty Fishman, and brother Jim Giannetti.
Fran is preceded in death by her husband John Louis "Corky" DeMillion, mother Angela Giannetti, and father Frank Giannetti.

Fran was known for her passion for conservation and preservation of open spaces, wildlife, nature, and historical areas. Always active in outdoor activities such as birding, hiking, bicycling, and cross-country skiing, she also loved museums, theater, reading, and traveling. Fran was a dedicated and valued volunteer at Longwood Gardens and the Winterthur Museum, and often inspired family and friends to share in her numerous and varied interests. A lifelong bibliophile and professional librarian, she treasured her hometown and local libraries in Monessen and Kennett.

A Catholic Requiem Mass for Frances DeMillion will be held on Monday, January 2, 2023 at 12:00 Noon at Saint Patrick Catholic Church, 212 Meredith St., Kennett Square, PA 19348.

Invitation from the family:  We are proud to host a Celebration of Life for Mom/Fran at the Winterthur Museum, Garden & Library ( ), one of her favorite spots where she regularly volunteered.  If you're attending the mass, it's a mere 15 minutes from Saint Patrick Church in Kennett.

Please join us starting at 2:00pm to hear and share stories and remembrances, and to see beautiful pictures from Fran’s lifetime of friends, family, activities and adventures.  Hors d'oeuvres, coffee and other refreshments will be served.

We will be in the Main Visitor Center’s “Bookstore Room” (see the map here: ) which can be freely accessed.  The outstanding Winterthur grounds, which Mom/Fran loved so much, are also available to all.

Interment will be private.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made in Frances's name to the following, which represent some of her most passionate interests:

* The Kennett and Monessen Public Libraries:

* American Bird Conservancy:

* Natural Lands Trust:

* Open Land Conservancy of Chester County:

* Tyler Arboretum:

* WHYY TV/Radio:

Arrangements are by Matthew Grieco of Grieco Funeral Home & Crematory, Inc., ( 484-734-8100 ).  To view Frances's online obituary, please visit

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Service Schedule

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Memorial Mass

Monday, January 2, 2023

Starts at 12:00 pm (Eastern time)

St. Patrick Catholic Church (Meredith St. Kennett Square)


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