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Frances Elizabeth (Chase) Simmons

Obituary for Frances Elizabeth (Chase) Simmons

April 17, 2019


Frances Elizabeth (Chase) Simmons, age 94, passed away peacefully Wednesday 4/17/2019 at Pickering Manor Nursing Home, Newtown, PA.

Fran was born in Manchester, NH to Louis and Frances Elizabeth (Denham) Chase on July 27, 1925. The daughter of a traveling minister, she and her five siblings had the privilege of attending school and growing up in many different states, providing many experiences she would share in stories with her children.
Fran was an amazing woman whose talents were many. She was a long standing member of Newtown Baptist Church, where she sang in the choir, a member of The Eastern Star and a Licensed Practical Nurse, a degree she earned after her children were grown. Full of compassion, the family home always included many pets and was always open to anyone needing a place to stay for a while. She was a talented singer, piano player and storyteller, a beloved wife, mother, grandmother and great grandmother.

She is preceded in death by her former husband of 41 years, Harry J. Simmons Sr. and her son, a US Marine, Harry J. Simmons Jr.

She is survived by her children, Sandra Giangrante, Michael Simmons ( Kathy) and Debra Hyde and grandchildren Tom Jefferson ( Denise), Carol Jefferson, Albert Giangrante ( Kim), Courtney Hyde, Nick Hyde and many great grandchildren.

The family would like to extend their gratitude to the staff of Pickering Manor for their attentiveness and loving care.

Visitation will be Wednesday, April 24, 2019 from 10:00 -Noon, with funeral following at 12:30 at at Swartz - Givnish Funeral Home, 323 Washington Ave, Newtown, PA.

Memorials may be made in Fran's name to Guardians of the National Cemetery, 233 Newtown Bypass, Newtown, PA. 18940. (

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323 East Washington Avenue
Newtown, PA 18940
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