BARRE- June Maxine (Zell) Franciose,87, Aka, Junie Balloonie, June Zell or June Bug, passed away peacefully Sunday, April 4,2021, Easter morning. “When you look at me and see me, you know who I am.” June Franciose 4/02/2021.
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Born in 1933 in Shelbyville, IN, she met the love of her life, Reggie, at a USO dance. They were married three months later and resided in Barre, MA for the next 50 years. June enjoyed sewing, cooking, and throwing parties. She delighted in dancing, singing and was a proud member of the Hubbardston Swingin’ Singin’ Seniors!
June loved the 25 years that she spent at Quabbin Regional High School working with teenagers. She possessed an unwavering morality exemplified by her lifestyle of generosity, loving-kindness and being a passionate champion of the underdog. She paid it forward always; the example she set impacted many and shaped us into the people we are.
In addition to many loved family members, June is predeceased by her husband of 51 years, Reggie, and adored grandson, Ryan. She leaves her children and their spouses, Dr. Reginald and Susan Franciose of Vail, CO; Margo Franciose and Doug Harris of Redding, CA; Wayne and Pamela Franciose of Barre, MA; and Tracy and Brian Jette of Hubbardston who she made her home with for the last 12 years. Her grandchildren, Graham Franciose, Tyler and Harrison Jette, Emily Franciose, and Micaela Harris, her dear friend and sister-in-law Dolly Thorng, and many nieces, nephews, and extended family will miss her love, laughter, and generosity.
The funeral for June will be held on Friday, April 9,2021 with a Mass at 12:30PM in St Thomas A Becket Church Vernon Ave S.Barre. Burial will follow in St.Josephs Cemetery in Barre. In lieu of flowers please consider a donation to The Hubbardston Senior Center or a Senior Center of your choice, a school program, or a food pantry. If you can't be with us, please find a way to honor June’s life by dancing, singing, showing kindness to someone in need, or make a new friend. Arrangements are under the care of Pillsbury Funeral Home 96 S.Barre Rd. Barre. For an online tribute please visit: Pillsburyfuneralhome.com