Frances C. Robson, 95, of Roanoke passed away on Monday, January 25, 2021. Fran was born in Massena, New York , to the late Dominick and Catherine (Romeo) Catanzarite. She was a graduate of Massena Central High School. In May of 1954 she married Lyle Robson and they started their life and family together in Massena. They later moved to Gouverneur, New York, and eventually Roanoke, Virginia. After Lyle retired they moved to Myrtle Beach, and later returned to Roanoke.
Fran was predeceased by her parents, Dominick and Catherine Catanzarite; her husband, Lyle Robson, brothers Joseph, Frank, Theodore, and Antonio Catanzarite , sister Phoebe Gauthier, and grandson Phillip Jones. She is survived by her sister Lucia Johnson; children Jim (Donna) Robson, Alan (Sandy) Robson, Paula (Jyke) Jones, Mary (James) O'Donoghue, and Bruce (Dawn) Robson; grandchildren Beth, and Corey Robson, and Meaghan ( Brian) Barwick; Madeleine and Amanda Robson; Sarah (Travis) Braxton and Devin Jones; Trevor (Amanda), Erin, and Carter Robson, and numerous nieces and nephews.
In between raising five children Frances liked to knit and do needlework. Every Christmas she and her husband would make fruit cakes and distribute them to friends and family. As her children grew up, Fran found a love for volunteering. She volunteered at the VA Hospital in Salem, at the former Air Force Base in Myrtle Beach, and at Roanoke Memorial Hospital. When Frances was at home, you could often find her with a good book in her hand and a glass of red wine by her side.
Her family would like to send their deepest thanks and appreciation to all the wonderful staff at Snyder Nursing Home for their excellent care and compassion for making her last years special. Please consider contributions to the Snyder Nursing Home Foundation or Memorial Garden.
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