Lillian Francone of West New York, NJ and Short Hills, NJ, passed away on March 27, 2020.
Born in Hoboken, NJ, the daughter of Joseph and Carmela Rose (Iovane) La Malva, Lillian was raised in Hoboken and spent seven of her teen years in Sicily during World War II. She began her career at Ferguson Furniture in Hoboken and after a break to raise her children, Lillian worked for a short time at North Hudson Hospital in Weehawken, NJ and later at St. Mary’s Hospital in Hoboken for many years. She then fulfilled her lifelong ambition to be a fashion designer by attending the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York City, earning her Associate and Bachelor degrees in Fashion Design. Lillian was a longtime volunteer at St. Barnabas Medical Center in Livingston, NJ. She also enjoyed continuing her studies at FIT, visiting museums in NYC and attending the Opera.
Lillian was the beloved wife of 37 years of the late Mario Francone and mother to the late Rosanne Francone. She was the cherished daughter of the late Joseph and the late Rose La Malva and sister to the late Nancy Zampino. She is survived by her dear son Al Francone and his wife Ann, her sister Agatha Vorsanger and her husband Robert, her brother Patrick La Malva and his wife Teresa and her cousin Mildred Valletutti as well as many loving nieces and nephews.
A Memorial Service and Funeral Mass will be held at a later date when friends and loved ones will be invited to come together and celebrate Lillian’s life. For further information or to send condolences, please visit www.bradleyfuneralhomes.com
In lieu of flowers, donations in Lillian’s memory may be made to the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, 14 Commerce Drive, Suite 301, Cranford, NJ 07016 or to the Rose La Malva Scholarship Fund, c/o Salesian Sisters, 659 Belmont Ave., North Haledon, NJ 07508.