Provitola, wife of the late Armando “Mundo” Provitola and a
longtime resident of Malden’s Maplewood Square, passed away at
the age of 92 with her family by her side. Frances was last
survivor of the late parents, William A. and Pauline (Makeshanoff)
Tolmachoff of Russian decent. Frances’ parents immigrated to the
USA in 1905 on a cattle boat and settled in Galveston TX. Her
parents had 16 children and worked the farm to make ends meet.
Frances was the last survivor of her family’s generation,
preceded by her brothers Paul, Dave, Nick, Fred, Jack, Pete,
Dan, and Leo, and her sisters, Jenny, Grace, Kate, Helen, and
the twins, Katsya and Tanya.
“Franny” was the wife of the late Armando J. “Mundo” Provitola,
who was a lifelong resident of Malden, and involved with
teaching and coaching sports. After WWII in the US Navy, Mundo
transferred to Arizona State University from Boston College.
The football coach brought several football players with him to
ASU. It was in Arizona where Franny and Mundo fell in love!
Franny, like Mundo, was an athlete at heart. She played
professional softball during the WWII, traveling in buses
throughout the country. The team Franny played for was the A-1
Queens out of Glendale, AZ. She was voted on the inductee list
for the Hall of Fame.
loved to cook and feed people, whether family, friends,
relatives, or whosoever. She served at the Maplewood restaurant
Franny’s next to Patrick's. Everyone loved Franny’s cooking and
nothing was ever wasted when it came to food. She was an
amazing cook when it came to whipping up a meal.
survived by her sons, and their wives, Blasé and Linda (Hoffman)
Provitola, Michael and Patrice (McElroy) Provitola, Daniel and
Kathleen (Murphy) Provitola, Eric and Kathleen (Littlewood)
Provitola, Andrew and Darlene (Johnson) Provitola, and Anthony and Theresa (Candeloro) Provitola, as
well as 15 grandchildren and 10 great grandchildren.
preceded in death by her husband Armando “Mundo” Provitola, and
her grandson, Nicholas Provitola.
services will be held at the the Weir-MacCuish Golden Rule
Funeral Home, 144 Salem St, Malden, on Monday, April 19th,
at 10:30AM, with visitation starting at 9 AM. Interment to follow
in Forest Dale Cemetery.
In Lieu of
Flowers, donations in Franny's’ memory may be made to the Bread
of Life, 54 Eastern Ave, Malden, MA 02148.