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Frances Mayan Cesarano, 91, of Dover, Del., passed away Monday, Jan. 22, 2018, in Westminster Health Center, Dover.
Francie was born on St. Patrick's Day , March 17, 1926, in Danville, Pa., to Edward and Veronica (Dvorovcik) Reilly.

She graduated from St. Cyril Academy for girls in Danville in 1944.
Following graduation she was employed as a secretary to the Director of Nurses at Danville State Hospital. About this time, many young men were returning from military service, and it was Francie's mother who introduced her to Paul Francis Mayan, the son of a local family. They were married in August 1947, and were blessed with five daughters, Carol, Patricia, Eileen, MaryAnn, and Mary who died in infancy.

In 1964, the family moved to Dover where Paul was employed by General Foods until his death in 1975. In 1965, Francie accepted employment with the State Division of Public Health, working 24½ years, before retiring in 1989.
In 1999, she moved to Westminster Independent Living, where she met William Cesarano. They were married in July of 2000.
She was a member of Holy Cross Catholic Church, where she participated in the Home Prayer Center program, the Adoration Chapel, and the Senior Crusaders.Francie had lived in New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania and Delaware; and was fortunate to travel overseas to Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Leichtenstein, Spain, and Italy; as well as Mexico and Canada.
She had pursued an interest in historical churches and visited many on the Eastern Shore. Her other interests included reading, quilting, aerobics and most of all dancing.

Francie is survived by her husband, William Cesarano; her daughters and families, Carol and Mitch Berdinka, of Port Orchard, Wash., and their sons, Nathan and Paul; Patricia and John Schwalm, of Hartly, and their daughter and son-in-law, Pauline and Joseph Andel; Eileen Jester, of Lancaster, Pa., and sons, Paul and Adam, and grandson, Cole; and MaryAnn and Jack Manley, of Cambridge, Md.; her beloved sister, Mary Mayan, of Dover; and many loving nieces and nephews.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 9:30 a.m. Friday in Holy Cross Catholic Church, Dover.
Burial of her cremated remains will take place in the summer in St. Hubert Cemetery, Danville.

We wish to thank the staff members at Westminster Health Center & Seasons Hospice, who cared for our mother with Love & Compassion.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Seasons Hospice, 220 Continental Drive, Suite 407. Newark, DE 19713.
Condolences may be made at www.pippinfuneralhome.com.
Published on January 24, 2018
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