Frances L. (Dondero) Croci
Frances L Croci entered into eternal life Sunday, February 19th, 2023. She was a devoted Catholic and followed the Lord’s path throughout life unto death. You would know her because of her quiet demeanor, friendly smile and thoughtfulness to others. You could see it in her eyes every day. Not a day went by without her saying “thank you for helping me”. Frances was a very gracious person.
Fran, Frances, Francie, Sis, Mom, Lala, Auntie as she was known, was born in Stockton, CA and raised on her father’s ranch in Linden, CA. At the age of 21 she met Benvenuto (Nick) Croci, they married in 1956 and spent the next 60 years together. Fran was meticulous about cleaning and spent much time caring for others. She was passionate about painting and ceramics throughout her life, followed by golfing. Even near the end of her lifetime, she would paint and build trinkets at The Commons on Thornton where she fought a battle with Dementia. Fran loved to do puzzles during quiet times and also spent the majority of her later years visiting friends and relatives.
Frances was preceded in death by parents Enrico Dondero and Annie Erba Dondero, her husband Nick Croci, daughter Annette Rudio and brother Joseph Dondero who were all patiently waiting for her in heaven. She is survived by her son Paul (Kathy) Croci, Brother Richard (Joanne) Dondero, sister-in-law Barbara Dondero, son-in-law Larry Rudio and many nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.
Her family would like to thank both the wonderful staff at The Commons on Thornton and Hospice of San Joaquin for their love and care.
A funeral mass will be held 10:30 am on Tuesday, March 21, 2023 at Holy Cross Church, 18633 E. Front Street, Linden, CA, a celebration of life to follow.
In lieu of flowers, please consider donating to the Hospice of San Joaquin or your favorite charity in memory of Frances.