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Official Obituary of

Helene (Driscoll) Franceschelli

March 20, 2024

Helene Franceschelli Obituary

Helene Driscoll Franceschelli of Auburn, New York passed away on March 20, 2024, with her loving family by her side.

Helene Mary Ryan was born December 13, 1937, in Auburn, New York. She was the daughter of Thomas and Dorothy Ryan and a graduate of Holy Family School. After graduation, she was employed by New York Telephone Company until starting a family. In later years, she was employed by General Electric and 27 years with Sears. She married Richard Driscoll in 1958 and together they raised 6 children, until Dick’s passing in 1984. Helene faced widowhood with courage and determination, leaving an indelible mark in her children’s lives. On December 31, 1997, she found love again when she married Hank Franceschelli. Hank brought laughter and joy into her life. Together, they enjoyed retirement until Hank’s passing in 2020.

Helene’s love and resilience were unwavering. Whether it was dancing to the radio in the kitchen; we always teased Her about Her signature dance moves, attending joyous Driscoll family reunions, or sharing picnics at scenic spots. Helene made every moment memorable. She enjoyed arts and crafts, home decorating and playing her piano.

Helene is survived by her children; Melinda (Barry) Waters, Richard (Sue) Driscoll, Thomas (Pamela) Driscoll, Patrick (Kerry) Driscoll, Margaret Driscoll and Daniel Driscoll. Helene was also blessed with 13 Grandchildren: Todd Waters, Brett (Clyde) Ramsey, Chris (Sarah) Driscoll, Conor (Avery) Driscoll, Ryan (Brittany) Driscoll, Kaitlyn Driscoll, Lyndsey (Dan) Saxton, Alexa Driscoll, Kyle Driscoll, Meagan (Vamshi) Dasa, Sean Driscoll, Aiden Driscoll-Sadusky, Margaret Driscoll-Sadusky, 6 Great Grandchildren and several nieces and nephews. Helene is predeceased by her sisters Dorothy Thurston and Carol Ryan.

Arrangements will be made by Pettigrass Funeral Home. The services for Helene will be held privately as per her request. Contributions can be made in Helene’s memory to St Jude Children’s Research Hospital or the charity of her choice.

We are especially grateful to the Nursing Staff at Auburn Community Hospital for their compassionate care and tireless efforts to keep Helene comfortable during her stay.

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