Elizabeth "Betty" DeFrancis


Elizabeth “Betty” DeFrancis of Warwick, NY passed away at home, surrounded by her loving family, on September 18, 2018. She was 78 years old.


Born August 5, 1940 in Bronx, NY to parents Anthony and Estelle (Rosenfield) Giuseffi, she was one of seven children.


Elizabeth most recently worked at Freihofer’s Bakery in Chester, NY.


She loved going to the casino, playing Bingo and cards; loved to knit; but loved spending time with her family most.


Elizabeth is survived by Michael, her husband of 60 years at home; five daughters: Amelia McColl (David) of Wappingers Falls, NY, Theresa DeFrancis of Pompano Beach, FL, Michelle Bartelini (Anthony) of Highland Mills, NY, Suzette DeFrancis of Cedar Grove, NJ, and Kim Yearwood(Raham) of Milford, PA; five sisters, Diana Lupo, Marie Cuff, Annette Wilkison, Vivian Giuseffi, and Pearl Maier; a brother, Anthony Giuseffi; thirteen grandchildren: Jessika, Jamie, Melissa, Michael, Brendina, Dennis, Brian Jr., Roman, Jenna, Charlie, Julie, Thomas, and Victoria; 10 great-grandchildren: Tristan, Kyra, Luka, Cassiel, Damien, Liam, Logan, Finn, Riley and Wyatt;  and many nieces and nephews.


Memorial Visitation will be Tuesday, September 25 from 1-3 p.m. and 7-9 p.m. with a funeral service at 3:00 p.m. at Lazear-Smith & Vander Plaat Memorial Home, 17 Oakland Avenue, Warwick, NY.  Interment will be on Wednesday, September 26, at 11:00 a.m. in Orange County Veterans’ Cemetery, 111 Craigville Road, Goshen, NY 10924.


In lieu of flowers, please make a donation in Elizabeth’s memory to St. Jude Children’s Hospital, P.O. Box 1000, Dept. 142, Memphis, TN 38148-0142.


Arrangements were made by Lazear-Smith & Vander Plaat Memorial Home, 17 Oakland Avenue, Warwick, NY. To send an online condolence, visit

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Growing up just a few houses down, playing kick ball in front of your house, always hanging around, it was like my second home. I will always remember Betty making me feel welcome and in some way part of your family. I feel very lucky to have such wonderful memories of Betty and your whole family. With the love and support she always shared, now more than ever embrace each other with her love and surround yourselves with that support. With deep sympathy and love, Kevin Goodrich
Kevin Goodrich
It is not goodbye, it is until we meet again! Until then, you surely will be missed Aunt Betty! Xoxo
Nikki and William Ballantyne
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