Madison - Frances Jane Namio, November 3, 1921, died peacefully Sunday, October 6, 2019, at BrightStar Memory Care Facility in Madison, Wisconsin. (Even though she was born in 1921, she was eternally "39"). She was a long-time member of Blessed Sacrament Church; she volunteered at Oakwood Retirement Community and Blessed Sacrament School, where she worked with the first graders. She was the unofficial bingo queen at BrightStar, for she knew the prize for winning a game was a giant candy bar that would satisfy her enormous sweet tooth.
She had a long career of over 40 years working for the State of Wisconsin in the Department of Transportation, Bridge Division. She loved to travel, having seen not only most of the United States but also many exotic destinations throughout the world. She was at home in the kitchen, especially when creating her delicious desserts.
Treating everyone she knew with dignity and respect, she always made you feel welcome when visiting, and was very much interested in what was going on in your life. She was blessed with a wonderful sense of humor.
A surrogate mother and babysitter extraordinaire to many nieces and nephews, she created many, many fond and lasting memories. She will be truly missed by all who knew her.
A true "clothes horse" and lover of bright colors, she looked absolutely fabulous when all dolled up and wearing stiletto heels. She kept her collection of heels in her closet, knowing one day they'd be back in style.
She is survived by her brother, James Namio; many nieces and nephews, and great-nieces and nephews.
Frances was preceded in death by her parents, John and Josephine (Caravello) Namio; her siblings, Angela Alderson, Joseph Namio, Samuel Namio, Frank Namio, Florence Namio, and Mary Amato; an infant brother, Stefano Namio; and three nephews, John Namio, Joe Amato, and John Alderson.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at BLESSED SACRAMENT CATHOLIC CHURCH, 2116 Hollister Avenue, Madison, WI, on Friday, October 11, 2019, at 11:00 a.m. with visitation from 10:00 a.m. until the time of Mass. Burial will be at Resurrection Catholic Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Blessed Sacrament Endowment Fund.
A very special thank you goes to the dedicated, loving staff at both BrightStar and All Saints Assisted Living facilities. A very, very special thank you goes to Nurse Robyn, who knew Frances the best and loved her to pieces and gave the song, "Over the Rainbow" a whole new meaning.
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"Fran was my mother?s (Evelyn Mettel) first friend when Mom arrived in Madison at age 18. Frances was the bridesmaid at my parent?s wedding and remained a close friend for 74 years. I know my mom would say that some of her best moments were spent laughing at Glenway or Schwoegler?s with Frances. I joined them as often as I could and remember Fran so fondly from those (really bad!) rounds of golf that we played together. Mom used to say that Fran and Florence were as generous as two people could be and I know that is true. My father regularly asks about Fran and sends his condolences as do I. The world was a better place because Fran Namio was in it!
"We thank you so very much for sharing this wonderful woman with us. Frances was a bright spot in all our days. Her fashion sense and admiration for all things beautiful was seen and felt in compliments and kind words. Wishing the Namio family continued and endless memories of this incredible matriarch. Kindly- BrightStar Senior Living of Madison"
"I share my deepest sympathy to the family of Frances Namio. Althought I did not know Frances, her obiturary is a tribute to an outstanding matriarch. I wish our paths had crossed in earlier years. It is obvious she left many examples and lessons on the importance of family, taking care of our children, sharing laughter and giving back. Sharon McPike"