A graveside remembrance is set for Monday, August 31, 2020, 3:30 pm at St. Philip Neri Cemetery, East Northport, NY, Laurel Road near Hospice House. Grave and gathering is at the Southeast corner of the cemetery. Please remember to wear a mask and stay at a social distance at graveside.
Frances B. La Duca, of East Northport, NY. Sister of Antoinette Colletti and sister-in-law of Anthony Colletti. Aunt of Elizabeth Colletti-Knowles and James (Ted) Colletti, and great aunt to Madison and Lexington Colletti and to Gilmore Knowles.
Frances was born in Manhattan, lived for part of her childhood in Brooklyn while spending summers in East Northport until the family moved to the area permanently. She graduated from Northport High School and received a BA and an MA in Library Science from C.W. Post University (LIU) in Old Westbury, NY in 1964 and 1966, respectively. Frances retired from the Northport-East Northport School district after serving for 33 years as High School Library Media Specialist and for 12 years as an adjunct professor at C.W. Post University.She was an active member and representative of the New York State United Teachers (NYSUT), the New York Library Association (NYLA), The Suffolk School Library Association, The Retired Teachers of Northport, Retiree Council 23, the school representative, and later chair, of NYLA's Intellectual Freedom Committee, and The Larkfield Seniors/Senior Club of Huntington. Frances was one of the founding members of the Long Island Educators for Intellectual Freedom (LIEIF). Frances was a very active member of and served as President of the Board of Retired-United Teachers of Northport for many years. Continuing to devote time to these organizations after her retirement Frances also enjoyed travelling and was a local ambassador for the Long Island Road Scholar organization. Frances also enjoyed playing bridge and Mahjong with her many friends and frequently taught Mahjong classes at the local library. In addition, Frances was an active supporter of many worthwhile causes and organizations, including Island Harvest, Long Island Cares, The Ecumenical Lay Council Food Pantry, The Family Services League, Habitat for Humanity, Visiting Nurse Service of Long Island, The Long Island Fund for Women and Girls, and The Colonial Williamsburg Foundation.