Frances Saccente Varchetta

Frances Saccente Varchetta

Saturday, September 19th, 2020
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Frances "Francesca" (Borges) Saccente Varchetta, passed away peacefully on Saturday, September 19, 2020 in St. Petersburg, FL. Frances was born in Hartford, CT daughter of the late Anthony S. Borges and Mary Amaral Borges and was also predeceased by her step-mother, Nellie Borges. She lived in Hartford for many years prior to moving to West Hartford and later residing in Redington Shores, FL. Frances attended Hartford Public Schools, graduating from Bulkeley High School in 1944. She was employed at St. Francis Hospital for 18 years. She was a devout Roman Catholic, having been an active member of both St. Lawrence O'Toole Church in Hartford and St. Brigid Church in West Hartford. She served on many Church organizations, directing and organizing many Church activities. Frances was also highly active in her condominium social functions and modeled clothes for the Look's Boutique, Inc., in Florida
Frances was predeceased by her beloved husbands, Ferdinand Saccente and Anthony Varchetta. She was also predeceased by her son, Mark Anthony Saccente.
She is survived by her son, David Saccente and his partner Nancy Guerard of Wethersfield. She will be greatly missed by her grandchildren, Jason and his wife Melissa, Gina and Carla Saccente, who affectionately called her "Mimi" or "Mimers"; her beautiful great-granddaughters, Ariana Giachello and Olivia Saccente; her daughter-in-law, Loraine Saccente; her brother Anthony Borges and his wife, Ellen and her nieces, Kim Borges, Jil Barros and Kristen Borges. She will be remembered as an energetic, generous, compassionate and loving woman. She loved her grandchildren immensely and was always excited for them to visit her in Florida. She enjoyed living on the beach in her condo, watching her grandchildren swim in the pool and ocean, dancing, singing "Hello Dolly" and teaching it to her great granddaughter Ariana. Frances always dressed elegantly never missing an opportunity to wear a dress, high heels and one of her many signature hats to complete her ensemble. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Saturday, (October 10), 11:00 am at St. Brigid Church, West Hartford. Burial will be in Cedar Hill Cemetery, Hartford. Calling hours are prior to the Mass from 9:30 to 10:30 am at the Sheehan Hilborn Breen Funeral Home, 1084 New Britain Ave., West Hartford. Online condolences may be made at
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  • Visitation

    Saturday, October 10th, 2020 | 9:30am - 10:30am
    Saturday, October 10th, 2020 9:30am - 10:30am
    Sheehan-Hilborn-Breen Funeral Home
    1084 New Britain Avenue
    West Hartford, CT 06110
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  • Service

    Saturday, October 10th, 2020 | 11:00am
    Saturday, October 10th, 2020 11:00am
    St. Brigid Church
    1088 New Britain Avenue
    West Hartford, CT 06110
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  • Interment

    Cedar Hill Cemetery
    453 Fairfield Avenue
    HARTFORD, CT 06114
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Posted at 09:48pm
Donna Croce Landroche

We were very sad to hear of Frannie’s passing and we send our prayers and sympathy to all of you. Since our parents were very good and long time friends in Connecticut and in Florida, I have wonderful memories of Fran. I remember a Christmas play at St. Lawrence O’Toole church when I was a little girl when she and my Mom were directors! Until recently, Fran and I wrote to each other and shared phone calls. She was lovely inside and out and she will continue to be in my thoughts. Peace.

With our Love, George and Susan Soares

Posted at 03:28pm
Wishing you peace to bring comfort, courage to face the days ahead and loving memories to forever hold in your hearts.
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Connie Hutter

Posted at 10:27am
When you say kind, gentle, compassionate, and elegant you are talking about Francesca. We've known Francesca several years when she lived in Florida where my parents resided with her in the same condos. Her smile was contagious and lite up the room as she entered. Her absence will leave a void among those who shared her life and times.
May Francesca's family not mourn their loss but keep her memory alive in their hearts.
So sorry for your loss.
Connie and Roland Hutter

Marybeth Croce Phelps

Posted at 08:28am
So sad to hear of Fran’s passing. She was a beautiful, beautiful lady. We all though Fran was such a special lady. My mom and dad just loved her. I have wonderful memories of gatherings at our home in West Hartford. They were dear friends for years. I’m sure they are having a lovely party in heaven. Praying for your family.


Posted at 05:05pm
David and family; my deepest condolences to you and your family. Your mom was an incredible, amazing woman!! She would always light up a room with her smile and stylish beauty. I will never forgot our conversations. We would laugh, we would cry and she would always say at the end of our conversation “I love you sweetheart”. I am so happy to have been a part of her life.
Fran, I will miss and love you forever....You will always have a special place in my heart..So long my dear friend..RIP❤️
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