Frances B. Caspar

  • Born: July 6, 1935
  • Died: February 8, 2016
  • Location: Avon, Connecticut

Carmon Community Funeral Homes

301 Country Club Road
Avon, CT 06001

Tel. (860) 673-8610

Tribute & Message From The Family


Frances Elizabeth Browne Caspar, 80, of Avon, died Monday February 8, 2016 surrounded by her loving family, including her husband George, and children Jennifer and Victoria and George. She lived a remarkable life and will be remembered as an intelligent, independent, funny, generous, intensely sensitive and compassionate woman. Born in the Bronx July 6, 1935, she grew up in Great Neck and Roslyn, NY. Her mother took care of Fran and her two brothers alone through the long difficult years during WWII while their father, a Lt. Colonel in the US Army, was away on US bases and in Europe. Fran studied at Albertus Magnus College in New Haven before transferring to Cornell University, where she received her BS in Nursing. She also received an MA from Columbia Teachers College. She found her professional calling as a nurse in New York and San Francisco, and she taught nursing at Cornell. After marrying George and their first child Elizabeth was born, they moved to Connecticut, where they have lived for 50 years, almost all of it in Avon. She made herself indispensable to the community by many years of volunteer work with the Farmington Valley Visiting Nurses Association, where she served in numerous roles, most notably as board member, board president and a founding member of its hospice volunteer program. Her first daughter Elizabeth died tragically at the age of three and this experience marked Fran and made her particularly sensitive to other people's suffering from grief. She is remembered as someone who was always quick to offer helpful words and acts of support to friends and family in need, and she was committed to grief related volunteer activities. She was an active communicant of the Church of Saint Ann, where she also served on the Bereavement Committee. Fran loved to play bridge and Scrabble, travel and bowl. She was an avid reader and did the NY Times crossword puzzle in ink every day. Besides her husband George and children Jennifer, Vicky and George, she leaves a daughter-in-law Louanne Caspar and son-in-law Matthew Eichler, five grandchildren: Harper, Allie, Caroline, Harry, and Margot, a brother Jack and two sisters-in-law, Honora Browne and Mary Lou Browne as well as her husband's siblings Ruth Caspar, OP, Joseph Caspar and Helen Quistorff and siblings-in-law Rita Caspar and Kirk Quistorff, and numerous nieces and nephews. Besides her parents and her daughter Elizabeth, she is predeceased by her brother Thomas Browne Jr., son-in-law Eric Altshule and brother-in-law Phil Caspar. Her family will receive friends Friday, February 12, 2016 from 5-8 PM at the Carmon Funeral Home & Family Center, 301 Country Club Road, Avon. Family and friends may gather Saturday, Feb. 13, 2016, 10:15 AM at Carmon's followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at the Church of Saint Ann at 11am. Burial will follow in St. Ann Cemetery. Contributions may be made in her memory to the Farmington Valley VNA, 8 Old Mill Lane, Simsbury, CT 06070.


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Condolence & Memory Journal

It was such a shock to find that Fran had left us. What a wonderful person she was! Always fun to be with and talk to. Always so very upbeat. We played golf together at Avon Country Club for quite a few years. And I was fortunate to get a hug and talk with her that week before she passed, as we met by chance outside the supermarket and talked of the joys of grandchildren. She loved her children and her grandchildren so very much. We were all blessed to have known and spent time with her. With prayers and fond thoughts, my condolences to Fran's loving family. She'll always be with us in spirit.

Into our lives at times
Comes a spirit joyous and kind
Who stays a while and then departs
Leaving her imprint forever on our hearts.

Posted by Lillian Weigel - Avon, CT   February 19, 2016

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To the Caspar Family . .

I worked with George at Heublein many years ago. I can always remember the wonderful Christmas parties we had at your parents home and how gracious your mother was to everyone . . it was the highlight of the year. We had so much fun. I am so sorry to read of her passing. My thoughts and prayers are with you all.

Posted by Ann Degenhardt - Farmington, CT   February 12, 2016

Fran, I am so happy we had a very uplifting conversation a week before you departed for your eternal home. I will miss you always. You were always there for me.

Blessings,
Mary Lou

Posted by Mary Lou Browne - GV, AZ   February 11, 2016

I am going to miss our Fran. She was such a kind and generous person, always had a warm greeting, kind word, and smile for me, and treated me almost like her son. When I was a senior in high school and figuring out where to go to college at the same time as her daughter, and my good friend, Jennifer, I talked to Fran about it and mentioned that I wanted to go to Cornell, but had to figure out how to pay for it. Fran said if she could've, she would've paid for it for me! I'm so glad I got to see her in Avon over Thanksgiving 2014. One more bright light in heaven.
--Steve Carr, Mountain View, California

Posted by Steve Carr    February 11, 2016

Condolences to Frans ,family and friends. So sorry for your loss

Posted by Anastasia Ververis-Pezzuoli - Avon, CT - Neighbor   February 11, 2016

In loving memory of a wonderful person. We will love you and miss you always.

Posted by Annie Horne - NC   February 11, 2016