Constance DeFrances

November 02, 2022

Visitation: No Visitation

Service: Wednesday, 11AM, St. Gertrude Church, 303 Franklin Ave., Vandergrift, PA 15690


November 2, 2022

Constance “Connie” Ravotti DeFrances, age 78, of Leechburg, passed away peacefully
surrounded by family in Canton, Michigan on Wednesday, November 2, 2022.

Daughter of the late Pete and Jennie (Gaydeski) Ravotti. Beloved wife of over 27 years
to the late Ray P. DeFrances, the love of Connie’s life who shared in her great joy of
family, polka dancing and travel. Adoring mother to Michele (Jack) Kearney and
Kimberly Murray, devoted stepmother to Kathy (Clay) Alward, Ray (Sheryl) DeFrances,
Jr., and Marcy (Pete) Steixner. Proud grandmother of Brandon, Nicholas, Ella, Alexis,
Alania, Aliza, Blake and Ellie, who she celebrated and loved beyond measure. Also
survived by her dear sisters, Celeste and Cynthia Ravotti, and many nieces and nephews.

Connie was a graduate of Leechburg High School and Point Park College, where she
studied business administration. She worked for Allegheny County Port Authority for
over 25 years. A life-long resident of Leechburg, Connie spent her retirement
volunteering for the Leechburg Public Library and Leechburg Area Museum, where she
shared her pride for the community and its history with others. Connie did many things
in life, and she did them all well. But best of all, she loved the many members of her
tight-knit family fiercely, and delighted in the years she spent with her husband, Ray.
Whether they were partaking in polka festivals, going to flea markets, or traveling
around the country, Connie and Ray were soul mates who found their happiness simply
being in the presence of one another. Connie will be missed terribly, but her presence
will remain in the wonderful memories she created with her family and the strong
example she set for her children and grandchildren.

Family and friends are welcomed on Wednesday, November 9, 2022 for Mass of
Christian Burial at 11:00 a.m. at ST. GERTRUDE PARISH, 303 Franklin Avenue,
Vandergrift. Luncheon to follow in the church hall. Interment at 10:30 a.m. on
Thursday, November 10, 2022 at NATIONAL CEMETERY OF THE ALLEGHENIES,
1158 Morgan Road, Bridgeville.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Leechburg Public Library, 139 Market
Street, Leechburg, PA 15656 or the Leechburg Area Museum and Historical Society,
118 1st Street, Leechburg, PA 15656.

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  • Traci Joy Stewart

    Michele, Jack & family, my deepest condolences. Connie is in my prayers. She was truly loved. I shall keep you all in my prayers & hold your mom in the light of our Lord. ❤️😇❤️

  • Paulette Lipsie Miller

    My deepest sympathies to Celeste, Cindy, and all of Connie’s family and friends. May she rest in peace and rise in glory.

  • Nancy Murray

    Connie will be so missed. I loved her laugh and her love for her family. She was great support to my family when my grandson was injured. Rest in peace, Connie.

  • Carol Bertram

    I worked with Connie at Port Authority. Connie was always pleasant and fun to be with. I will miss her so much. My deepest condolences to the family.

  • Debbie (Gaydeski) Zidek

    You are at peace now with Ray my beautiful cousin. I have fun and happy memories visiting you and your mom and dad my aunt and uncle over the years as I was growing up. ♥️♥️♥️♥️♥️♥️♥️😢🙏

  • Celeste Ravotti

    Sisters 3 were WE! Miss you so!
    Love, Leste

  • Shelly Cantalini

    The Cantalini’s are so sorry to hear of Connie’s passing. We are sending our love to the Steixner family, the DeFrances family, Kim and her 3 children, as well as all who loved Connie. We know this is a huge loss.

  • Sue Suhy

    Dear Michele & Jack, My deepest sympathy to you & your family as you remain in my thoughts & prayers. Sincerely, Sue

  • Robert and kaaren kasanicky

    Connie was the sweetest person ever. She was always so kind and loving. She will be greatly missed

  • Richard Danka

    To Celeste, Cindy, and all of Connie’s family, you are in our prayers. Rest in peace Connie

  • Denise E Bowser

    Fly with the Angels,Connie. My deepest sympathies to her family.

  • Natalie

    I’m so sorry about Connie she was a great friend. My love to the family and her sisters

  • Christine Clark

    🕊Rest In Peace Dear Beautiful Connie.
    May you joyfully be dancing in Heaven
    With Ray!
    I love you!


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