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“I am so sad to learn of her passing. I was in classes at the McMurray Art League with Fran for many year and showed paintings in other groups with...Read More »
1 of 13 | Posted by: Connie Clutter - Washington, PA

“Rest in Peace Frances. You and your family are in our prayers. ”
2 of 13 | Posted by: Grant Kennedy - Eighty Four, PA

“They say death leaves a hurt no one can heal, but love leaves a memory no one can steal what loving memories you all built together and peace you...Read More »
3 of 13 | Posted by: Annie Bowler - CO - Friend

“I played golf wih Fran at South Park for many years. She was most talented and one of the nicest and kindess women. I will miss her and pray for...Read More »
4 of 13 | Posted by: Carolyn Bechtold - Pittburgh, PA

“I met your wonderful mother when we went to Ireland in August, 2018, Pilgrimage to the West Of Ireland. Within 5 minutes I knew I would love her...Read More »
5 of 13 | Posted by: Judith Hanley - Pittsburgh, PA

“Fran was my High school Art Teacher and my friend. She saw my talent and encouraged my decision to become a professional artist. She was a safe...Read More »
6 of 13 | Posted by: Alexis Covato - Pgh, PA - Friend

“Fran, you will always be remembered for your kindness. You have accomplished so much in your lifetime and touched so many others. I will remember...Read More »
7 of 13 | Posted by: Debra Rucki - Pittsburgh, PA

“Mrs. Marze was my 1st grade art teacher. Years later she'd become my publisher when she took over the HS newspaper. Sweet lady. She'll be sorely...Read More »
8 of 13 | Posted by: "Billy" O'Brien - Denver, CO

“So sorry to hear of Fran's passing. She was such a special person. I was so lucky to have worked with her. She was a sensible voice in the the middle...Read More »
9 of 13 | Posted by: Jane Riccardi - Bluffton, SC

“I had the absolute pleasure studying art under Mrs. Marze for three years. Not only was she a great teacher, but she was a fantastic mentor who...Read More »
10 of 13 | Posted by: Jim Oyler - Ross Township, PA

“Wonderful teacher and gifted artist ”
11 of 13 | Posted by: A.J. Murga - Pittsburgh, PA

“I am heartbroken to hear of Fran’s passing. Fran was part the “Fab Four” travel buddies. She was such a sweet, kind lady. It’s hard to put...Read More »
12 of 13 | Posted by: Patty Clancy - Friend

“I golfed with Fran in the South Park league for many years. What a great lady and always a lot of fun!!!! She will be missed ”
13 of 13 | Posted by: Linda Forney - Pittsburgh, PA

Age 83, of Baldwin Township, passed away peacefully on March 2, 2022. She was the daughter of Andrew Howard and Gertrude Howard (formerly Disler) of Brookline and later Green Tree. Fran was predeceased by her husband Daniel, and she is survived by five sons and their spouses, who were daughters to her: Andy and Donita, Mike and Luci, Vince and Ann, Dan and Nora, and Matt and Kimberly. She was the loving grandmother of 15—Nick, Paige, Anthony, Hannah, Max, Kate, Ashley, Alex, Rocco, Crystal, Amy, Heather, Dylan, Sarah, and Lauren—and great grandmother of 4—Sam, Shepard, Ivy, and Ena.

Fran attended Elizabeth Seton High School, graduating as the class salutatorian, and she received a scholarship to attend Seton Hill University, where she went on to major in Art and English Education. She was an amazing woman who accomplished so much with incredible grace, humor, and humility. In addition to raising her five boys, Fran cared for her husband, prematurely disabled with MS, for 25 years, and she had an exemplary 38-year career as an Art and English teacher in the Baldwin-Whitehall School District. Fran was the editor of the Baldwin High School student newspaper, the Purbalite, and several of the students she mentored have gone on to have notable careers in journalism.

After retirement, Fran continued to stay involved in the Pittsburgh community, volunteering as a Docent at the Carnegie Art Museum, painting and organizing exhibits for various South Hills art leagues, and participating in the Frosty Valley and South Park woman's golf leagues. Fran loved to laugh, loved being around her family and friends, and loved to help others—especially those who were less fortunate and needed the extra support and attention. Fran was a devoted parishioner at St. Winifred's, and her deep faith was exemplified not just in words, but in the quiet actions and deeds she demonstrated every day. Her smile could light up a room and her soul has touched all of us.

All of Fran's family and friends are invited to attend her visitation on Sunday, 2-6 p.m. at William Slater II Funeral Service at 1650 Greentree Road Scott Twp., 15220. Mass of Christian Burial, Monday 10:00 a.m. St. SS. Simon & Jude Church, St. Raphael the Archangel Parish. Interment Allegheny Cemetery. A luncheon immediately following will be held at William Slater II Hospitality Suite, and all are welcome and encouraged to celebrate her life with us.

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