Francine Rolla
(1946 - 2013)

Francine Rolla

July 22, 1946

April 22, 2013

My Mother was truly the most wonderful person I have ever known. She was the best mother a kid could ask for. In many ways she was just like every other mother. She cooked dinner every night, made sure you ate your veggies, and made you do your homework. She bandaged a knee, held your hand, and kissed you goodnight. She did all of these ordinary things, but she was really quite extraordinary. She exuded love, you could almost feel it wrap around you, and keep you safe. When she loved you she did so with all of her heart. She never put herself first...Her family and friends were always with her and she showed you in a million little ways everyday. She was of course my mother but she was also my best friend. We spent time together doing simple things shopping, seeing plays, taking a vacation or just having a cup of coffee talking about nothing and everything. We cried together and laughed together. She was my strength and my anchor when things were bad. I never knew a day without my mother in it, until today. The love and friendship we shared have shaped my life and made me the person I am today. I will cherish the time we had and the lessons she taught me, and live with the same love of life and family she did. She will always be with me.

Please don’t mourn for me
I’m still here, though you don’t see.
I’m right by your side each night and day
and within your heart I long to stay.

My body is gone but I’m always near
I’m everything you feel, see and hear.
My spirit is free but I’ll never depart
As long as you keep me alive in your heart.

I’ll never wander out of your sight.
I’m the brightest star on a warm summer night.

I’m the colorful leaves when winter comes ‘round
And the pure white snow that blankets the ground.
I’m the beautiful flowers of which you’re so fond.
The clear cool water in a quiet pond.

I’m the first bright blossom you see in the spring.
The first shiny raindrop that storm clouds bring.
I’m the first ray of light when the sun starts to shine.

Talk to me and I will listen.
I’ll whisper my answer through the leaves on the trees.
And you’ll feel my presence in the soft summer breeze.

I’m the beautiful dreams that come while you sleep
I’m the smile you see on a stranger’s face
Just look for me……I’m every place!

You can shed tears that she is gone, or you can smile because she has lived.

You can close your eyes and pray that she’ll come back, or you can open your eyes and see all that she’s left.

Your heart can be empty because you can’t see her, or your can be full of the love you shared.

You can turn your back on tomorrow and live yesterday, or you can be happy for tomorrow because of yesterday.

You can remember her and only that she is gone, or you can cherish her memory and let it live on.

You can cry and close your mind, be empty and turn your back, or you can do what she’d want, smile, open your eyes, love and go on.

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Guest Book (14 entries)
Fran, a year ago you broke our hearts when you left us for
Heaven. I know it was too soon for you but I guess God
needed a special Angel and he got the best when he got
you!! I know you're watching over us and I see you and
feel you in certain places we've been together before.
I think of you often and miss you more than words can say.
You're forever in my heart and although I feel selfish for wanting
you to be back here, I am glad you're in a peaceful place and I
know someday we'll meet again! So my dear Frannie, I'm wishing
you a Happy Anniversary in Heaven and Matthew is sending his
Good Wishes and lots of (((HUGS))) too. Till we meet again......
Cindy Rein 💙🌹🔮 (Friend)
April 23rd, 2014
Short Stop, I wish we could do it all over again !!! Borelli's, Friendly's , Hunan D ,movies , play's in NYC , people watching , laughing til we cried, telling "someone" that I bought it so he wouldn't yell at you LOL!! , Cape May will always be more than a nice place to visit since we went !! The lighthouse u bought ( much to Paul's dismay !!! ) The laughs, the laughs , the laughs & more laughs !!!! Our sense of humor was a match !! I wear the bracelet , sister , there's so much more but thank you for all the great memories , wish I had lived up to ur opinion of me , I love you , I miss u , I see u everywhere , SHINE ON Franny Annie !!!
Mickey West (Friend)
April 22nd, 2014
Dear Fran, I looked at my calendar today and can't believe it's been 1 year since you decided it was time to go "home". I swear there are times I see you at the "Island" where we would meet while walking the dogs. You are missed and loved!!! Thinking of you and the entire family on this day. Love Janis and Princess.
April 22nd, 2014
If flowers grow in heaven,
Lord, then pick a bunch for me.
Then place them in my mother’s arms
and tell her they’re from me.
Tell her that I love and miss her
and when she turns to smile,
place a kiss upon her cheek and hold her for awhile.
Valerie (Daughter)
April 10th, 2014
Fran was the light in our WW meeting room every Friday morning. She always remembered member's birthdays and showered those that knew her with love and inspiration. She brought people together in such a fun and loving way. Fran will always shine in our hearts for she touched so many...especially mine. I miss her but am glad that God gave me the blessing of being her friend. I will always hold a special place in my heart for Fran.
Sue Harlin (Friend and WW leader)
September 3rd, 2013
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"My beautiful mother and best friend not a day goes by that I don’t wish you were here. The love you brought to my life is forever cherished. I miss you"
Valerie Caldwell
August 28th, 2018
"I got your message today. Somebody loves you, I do. Love you Mommy"
Valerie Caldwell
February 25th, 2016
"I always think of you , there is so much to remind me of you , I see you so many times but it's my eyes playing tricks !!! I wish you could know what happened , I wish we could have our talks .... I miss you very much Short Stop , love , M ."
Mickey West
August 26th, 2015
"I was thinking of you again today, just like every other day. I wanted to give you a kiss, so I lit a candle for you instead. I love you"
Valerie Caldwell
August 24th, 2015
"Fran, Another year gone by. Still missing you and thinking of you always. Hoping you're eating everything you want!! Matthew says hello too. Hugs and Kisses to you my friend. ❤️❌⭕️"
Cindy Rein
April 29th, 2015
"Hi Fran! HAPPY BIRTHDAY!! I got your messages and they made me cry and laugh at the same time!! I think of you every day and miss our talks together. Be good and keep enjoying this new life of yours! Missing you always, Cindy. XO Matthew says hi"
Cindy Rein
July 22nd, 2014
"Mommy, I miss you everyday. I smile when I think of all the good times we spent together. My heart breaks when I think of all the time we lost. I love you so much I keep you in my heart, always. I love you"
Valerie Caldwell
July 22nd, 2014
"My Beautiful Mother, I miss you more than words can say. You are always with me. You brought so much happiness and laughter to all of our lives, You were the best part of us. My heart will be with you always my beautiful mother and best friend"
Valerie Caldwell
April 10th, 2014
"From what I witness, Fran has touched every person she's met. May God bless you, shine on you, and may you look down and smile upon all us down here. Cathy Kennedy W.W.'s"
Catherine Kennedy
August 30th, 2013
"My Dear Friend Fran, I miss you and think of you everyday. I know you are the brightest candle shinning up in heaven. Hugs to you always."
Cindy Rein
August 29th, 2013


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