Frances was laid to rest in a private (due to COVID-19) ceremony at noon on November 23rd, 2020. Her funeral program (downloadable) and guestbook are on this page.
This was mom’s favorite picture of herself, taken in a boat just offshore from her birth village of Lumbarda on the island of Korčula in Croatia on July 14, 2013 (a few days before her 92nd birthday).
Interment at Calvary Catholic Cemetery
Santa Rosa, California
Because of COVID-19 restrictions, Frances was not able to have a Funeral Mass, nor a Rosary, nor a viewing. She was laid to rest in a private and brief (again, because of COVID-19) committal service, officiated by Fr. Gerry Gormley, her pastor of six years who became her dear friend. Though there were fewer than ten family members and close friends in attendance, a memorial program was produced with Frances’ poem, “Life is Like Four Seasons” from which Fr. Gerry read the final stanzas.
Because so very many dear family and friends would be unable to attend, this memorial page extends inclusion to those who would have wished to pay their last respects in person, but were physically excluded by the necessities of this pandemic.
Frances Buratovich Memorial Program
Video of Frances’ Committal Service
Because of emotional overwhelm and health challenges, I was not able to produce the video in 2020. Now, in 2023, I have restarted work on this site and will have the video in the near future.
Donations in Lieu of Flowers
Since there were no viewings or church services, there were no floral arrangements. Instead, those who are so moved may make a donation to Frances’ favored charity.
For her entire life, Frances shared generously, not only financially, but with her time, her creations, her entertaining, her spirit. She supported over two dozen worthy causes and charities… monthly!
Frances was, above all, a devout and devoted Catholic. Over decades, she developed a close, personal relationship with a particular charitable organization: The Priests of the Sacred Heart and with Father Dominic, SCJ, their Spiritual Leader.
Donations may be made in Frances’ memory to The Priests of the Sacred Heart.
ATTN: Pamela Milczarski
Priests of the Sacred Heart
PO Box 367
Hales Corners, WI 53130-0367
Comment Form in Lieu of Guestbook
Since there were no public services, there was no guestbook. This web page will become Frances’ memorial service, online and ongoing.
Anyone who wishes may record his or her visit to this memorial page, or make a tribute to Frances using the comment form below.
Note that your comment will not become visible until the moderator approves it. That moderator is me, Ned, overwhelmed and overwrought, so it might take an hour or two… or a day or two.
If you would like to send a personal note of condolence without having it appear on this page, then use the contact form to send a message to Ned privately.
Likewise, it might take me a day or two to reply to private messages.