Frances Venus Walker

mom 99 yr halloween 22

June 9, 1923 – November 9, 2022

With much sadness, our family regrets to announce the passing of Frances Venus Walker on Wednesday, November 9th at 2:48 PM.

She is survived by her daughter Joni (Allan) Sandford; sons Richard (Barb) Walker, and Paul (Tracy) Walker; her grandchildren Erik, Adam, Amanda, & Heather; great-grandchildren Connor & Nolan; and several nieces and nephews. Fran was predeceased by her husband Donald Walker, and her loving brothers and sisters.

At the age of 99, our mom lived a wonderful long life and was still partying this last Halloween as seen in her picture. Her passion for life was quite evident over the years with many notable accomplishments and adventures. As a model, back in the ’50s, she was one of the original local “Jenny Girls”. Of course, she felt her family was her biggest accomplishment and was always volunteering from being a Brownie Leader, then later she started a committee of teens called the Southeast Teen Committee and set up a local teen club with a parish to provide a place for teens to hang out safely which was named “The Set”. She also helped arrange teen dances at several of the churches and Cobbs Hill. From there she became the manager of a band that some of the teens from the committee had started, and she helped them get paid jobs, and even went on as the manager of the band as it changed its members of the group as they evolved. Even during her early 90s, she was President of the homeowners association where she had lived. She will be sadly missed, but not forgotten!

The family will privately celebrate Fran’s life. To honor her wishes, no funeral or memorial service will be held. Instead, we know that Fran would like everyone that knew her to celebrate life with their families and remember her in those special moments you shared with her.

In Lieu of flowers please consider donating to the Lollypop Farm, The Humane Society of Greater Rochester in her honor, as she had a great love for animals.

The family would like to thank the staff at the Aaron Manor Nursing Home for their loving support and care of Fran during her stay there, especially during the final week of her life.

3 Condolences

  1. Tom Basciani on November 12, 2022 at 9:50 am

    Fran, you brought Paul and I together when I was opening “The Software house” computer shop in Perinton Square Mall eons ago! You were a great character in your lifetime! You are dearly missed.
    Love and peace.

  2. Diana Mazzarella on November 12, 2022 at 11:12 am

    Aunt Fern,
    You were like a second Mom to me, as my own Mother said. Always checking on me and my kids thru my life’s challenges, always there to give support and love. You even would love to take my two sons, Brent and Chad for a weekend while I worked. Your compassion for dogs was also evident, I was there many times and even slept over one night , watching you cook chicken for your little dog and making me tuna fish or egg salad sandwiches for me.
    You were so proud of showing me your Genny Girl pictures, and gave me a signed picture. You always said I looked like you when you were young!
    I’m going to miss so much talking with you about life and even my dog Luna, you loved her too when I brought her over to visit you.
    You were the very best Aunt, tried snd true, always said it like it is, and never ever a dull moment. The best, even at 99 big years. So glad to have had you in my life. Like my Dad,your brother , you were always arock of strength.
    I love you always,
    Your Loving Niece, Diana and Luna 💜🐾💔

  3. Mary M Leoboldt on November 13, 2022 at 2:46 pm

    I love you Fran, you helped me in so many ways. You never sugarcoated anything but we’re always there for me and Amanda. I am glad I was able to help you too when you needed it. I hope you are having one heck of a party in heaven. Love you,Mary

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