Frances Phaneuf

Frances Phaneuf, West Scranton, passed away Friday at the Regional Hospital of Scranton with her family by her side.  Her husband of 47 years is David Phaneuf.

Born 1945 in Scranton, she was the daughter of the late William and Anna Clifford McSorley and was a proud graduate of St. Patrick’s High School, West Scranton.  A woman of deep faith, Fran was a devoted and lifelong member of St. Patrick’s Parish.  Prior to her retirement she had been employed by Cathedral Cemetery for over forty years.  Fran was a member of the Beta Sigma Phi Sorority for over fifty years.  She enjoyed her time with her grandchildren, especially seeing them at the beach.  Fran was blessed to have lifelong friends whose friendship and love meant the world to her and her family.

Also surviving are her son David Phaneuf Jr. and his wife Gina of Carbondale;  her daughter Megan Phaneuf-Jackowski and her husband Mark of Germantown, Maryland;  her beloved grandchildren to whom she was “Nana,” Kyra and Colin Jackowski;  nieces and nephews.

She was also preceded in death by sisters Ann Benginia and Mary Greenfield; brother William McSorley.

Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Tuesday at 11am in St. Patrick’s Church 1403 Jackson Street, West Scranton.

Friends may call Tuesday morning from 9:30am until the time of Mass at the church.

Interment, Cathedral Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, the family encourages memorial contributions be made to her beloved St. Patrick’s Parish at 1403 Jackson Street Scranton, PA 18504.


  1. Maureen Campbell, EHS Custodian

    Prayers and condolences to you and your family.

  2. Louise Quinn

    Sincere condolences to Fran’s family. Fran will be missed but always remembered.

  3. Lauren Mc

    I never met Frances, but her daughter and son-in-law are some of my best friends and have adopted me as family in the DC area. The love and kindness they exhibit to me truly is rooted in the families they come from. Best wishes during this time for all of you!

  4. Kelly Richards

    Thoughts and Prayers to you and your family.

  5. Noelle and Brian Drozdick

    Tancy was an amazing lady! We had so many good times together and we will really miss her. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all during this most difficult time.

  6. Rich Hutchins

    Fran was a wonderful person. She always had a smile for you. My sincere condolences to the entire family❤️

  7. Gail Miller

    Our sorority has lost a dear, sweet friend. Sending our sympathy to Dave, David and Meghan.
    Don and Gail Miller

  8. MaryAnn Pluciennik

    Heaven gained a real angel. Rest in peace dear Fran.

  9. Ann Marie and Keith Jennings

    Dave and Gina so very sorry for your loss.. focus on the happy times and the great memories.. prayers for your family..

  10. Ben and Carole Kicher

    We are so very sorry for the loss of a lovely lady. We are also dismayed that due to our confinement for Covid restrictions we are not able to be present for the mass celebrating Fran’s life. May Fran’s life continue to her beloved family.

  11. Melanie Nielsen

    Offering my condolences to you and your family in your time of need. Many prayers and much love.

  12. Erin Moore

    Mrs. Phaneuf was like a second mother to me as a child, as I was good friends with her daughter Megan. She was always so very welcoming and kind and I am forever grateful for all the time spent at the Phaneuf home. So sorry to the entire family for her passing.

  13. Stan and Lisa Drake

    We are so sorry for your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with your family.

  14. Joan Yeck

    I’m so sorry to hear of Fran’s passing. She was always smiling and was so sweet to everyone. We had so many wonderful times together at our TOPS meetings and parties over the years! I’ll always have fond memories of Fran. Condolences and prayers to her family.

    Joan Yeck

  15. Virginia Flynn

    So sorry about Fran she was a beautiful person.

  16. Gerard McSorley

    Our cousin FRANCES was such a sweet person and always smiling. We fondly recall traveling to Scranton from our home in Washington, D.C. during the summer to see the McSorley family members and other relatives. Their home on Academy St was such a warm and inviting home often filled with the aroma of Frances’ mom baking pies or cakes. Rest In Peace to our dear cousin. Gerard McSorley, Joe McSorley and Rosalie Redman (née McSorley)

  17. will whitlock

    It’s been many years since I’ve visited with the Phaneufs but recall such great memories spending endless hours at their home and the LOVE that Frances had given me while spending time with her son David. My prayers go out to the family during this time of loss. It’s wonderful to know that she’s in heaven with our savior Jesus Christ, Praise God for such a wonderful woman that he laid on this earth. 🙏

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