Francis J. Vanston

Francis J. Vanston

May 12, 2013

Francis J. Vanston, 90, West Scranton, died early Sunday morning in the Commonwealth Inpatient Hospice Unit at the Regional Hospital after a brief illness.  His wife is the former Madelyn Sine.  The couple would have been married 66 years on June 14th. 

Born 1923 in Scranton, he was the son of the late William and Mary Gurrell Vanston.  He graduated from St. Patrick’s High School.  He was a member of St. Patrick’s Church, West Scranton.  Prior to retirement he had been employed by the Scranton Fire Department for 36 years, earning the rank of Captain.  He was a World War II United States Army veteran.

Also surviving are daughters Barbara Vanston of Scranton, Madelyn Kvidahl and husband Glenn of Mesa, AZ, Teresa Iacobacci and husband Donald of Longs, SC and Mary Lance and husband William of Moscow, Pa.;  grandchildren David and Jason Kvidahl, Michele and Christine Kiselosky and Kathryn Routledge, Bryan and Maura Lance;   three great-grandchildren; nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by sisters Irene Vanston and Marie Schmidt; brothers Martin, Edward and William Vanston.

Funeral services will be private with a Mass of Christian Burial to be celebrated in the Immaculate Heart of Mary Chapel, Oram St., West Scranton.

Interment, Cathedral Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Andrew Luke Millett Research Fund at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia Lockbox 1352, PO Box 8500, Philadelphia, PA. 19178-1352 or by visiting

Arrangements have been entrusted to and are under the care and direction of the Vanston & James Funeral Home,  1401 Ash St.,  Scranton.

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  1. Lisa Matyjevich

    I am so sorry to hear of Frank’s passing on May 12th. My three children and I used to live next store to your family; they are very sad to hear of your loss. He was always so kind to all of us. Our thoughts and prayers to you and your family.

    With our deepest sympathy;

    Lisa Matyjevich and children, Gianna, Dominic, and Emma Gaughan.

  2. Janet Melnick

    Mary ,
    So sorry to hear of your Dad’s passing. I will keep you and your family in my thoughts and prayers. Please let me know if I can help in any way. Janet

  3. Robert J. Mancuso

    The Mancuso Family offers the sincerest sympathy to Lance and Vanston families, with very special condolences to Mary Lance in the passing of her beloved Father, Francis.

  4. Joe and Sharon Hazzouri

    We are sorry for your lose. Frank will be remember to us for his smile, cigar and always a big hello either standing on the corner as we passed by or on his walk around the block.

  5. Regina Hanlon

    Eternal rest grant to him, O Lord, and let perpetual light shine upon him, and may his soul and all souls of the faithful departed rest in peace.

  6. Gretchen Jennings

    I am very sorry to have learned of your loss! If there is anything I can do, please do not hesitate to ask. You are in my thoughts and prayers.

  7. Sandra Minelli

    Prayers and thoughts are with you Madelyn and your family at this difficult time, it was always my pleasure seeing you both over on Gravel Pond when I was at Stacy’s, Frank’s smile and kind words about my grandchildren always warmed my heart, how they loved your swing, and you both. May Frank rest in peace and may God surround you all with his love.

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