Frances S. Heinrich passed away on June 16, 2020 at the age of 92 during the COVID 19 pandemic. She was the mother of three beautiful daughters, a lifelong student with an insatiable thirst for knowledge, a devout lover of music and the arts which brought her great joy throughout her life and till the end, a devout Catholic who was deeply grounded in her faith and which carried her through all of the good and difficult times, a great adventurer who was always game for exploring, an accomplished photographer who documented her family and life so well, and a person with a quick sense of humor that revealed itself in her latter years and endeared her to many. Frances’ ability to continually grow and discover beauty, no matter what her age or condition, was all inspiring.
Born to Mildred and Frank Scaglia on February 27, 1928, Frances grew up in Connecticut and was a proud graduate of Mount St. Joseph’s Academy in West Hartford. She married Carl Heinrich on October 14, 1950 and they were blessed with 50 years of marriage and three daughters, Kathleen, Carleen and Susan.
While raising her daughters, Frances began taking part-time college classes at the University of Hartford. She did this while also working as an administrative assistant at Northwest Catholic High School and then as an executive assistant at Connecticut General Life Insurance over a span of 16 years. She was ahead of her times in many ways.
A great highlight of Frances’ life was living in Brussels, Belgium for three years while Carl, an executive at Pratt & Whitney Aircraft, worked on a NATO contract. Always the student, she studied French, took various classes and even taught her beloved beagle, Ernie, to respond to commands in French. Frances delighted in exploring all of Europe and documented their extensive travels through her photography. She would have made a wonderful travel writer.
Upon returning to the US, Frances and Carl relocated to Fairfield, Connecticut where she resumed her college classes and ultimately earned a Bachelor’s Degree in English Literature from the University of Fairfield in her 50’s. Family and friends alike were proud of her.
Following Carl’s death in 2005, Frances moved to be near her daughter, Carleen, in Maryland. Frances lived at Ginger Cove in Annapolis, Maryland for ten years where she was cared for by a loving and attentive staff that sang and danced with her daily. She came to find great peace and happiness there.
Frances is survived by her daughter, Carleen Heinrich and son-in-law, Lawrence Whyte of Wilmington, North Carolina, her daughter Susan Heinrich Wells and son-in-law, David Wells of San Diego, California, son-in-law Chris Tiejen of Guilford, Connecticut, and her dearest friend, Laura Benso of Deep River, Maryland, who Frances considered to be her fourth daughter. Her oldest daughter, Kathleen Heinrich of Guilford, Connecticut, predeceased Frances in 2016.
Frances is also survived by an extended family, including two step grandsons and their spouses, Joseph and Daniella Whyte, Michael Whyte and fiancé Eni Baballari, and two great grandchildren, Maria Victoria and Joe Joe Whyte, who joyously entertained Frances when visiting.
God bless you Fran. We will all miss you dearly and remember you fondly.
A funeral service and celebration of life will be held at Holy Family Church, 826 West Central Avenue in Davidsonville, MD on Thursday, July 30th at 12 noon. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association (https:/act.alz.org/donate).
Condolences may be made by using the Memory Wall link on this page.