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Frances “Franny’s” Provitola

1929 – 2021

Frances 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.

Frances “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. 

Franny also 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. 

She is 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.

Franny was preceded in death by her husband Armando  “Mundo” Provitola, and her grandson, Nicholas Provitola.

Funeral 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.


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