Frances "Fran" M. Posa

frances posa

June 27, 1937 ~ May 21, 2024

Born in: Superior, Wyoming
Resided in: Pueblo, Colorado

Frances “Fran” M. Posa, born June 27, 1937, passed away peacefully at her home in Pueblo West, CO on Tuesday, May 21, 2024, with her family by her side. Fran was born in Superior, WY to Leno and Edith Berti. She is survived by her husband of 69 years, Enrico “Ed” V. Posa; brother, James Berti; children, Sam (Stephanie) Posa, Edward J. Posa; grandchildren, Christina M. Posa, Edward J. (Samantha) Posa Jr.; and great-grandchildren, Gianna J. Weigel, Dominick V. Posa, Weston J. Weigel, and Gino J. Posa; and many other nieces and nephews. Fran was preceded in death by her mother and father, Leno and Edith Berti; and brother, Jerome Berti. She was the eldest of her 2 siblings.
Fran was very proud of her humble beginnings. She would often share stories at a young age of “preparing” their family pet chickens for dinner, attempting to tame wild horses, washing laundry by hand, and her family dog (which one of her only memories of was the name her grandmother gave him – “Brutta Bestia” (“ugly beast” in Italian)). She would often mention the long walks to and from school in “knee deep” snow of the relentless rural Wyoming winters.
Fran attended the University of Wyoming in Laramie, where she would meet her husband of nearly 70 years, Ed Posa. As Ed describes, she chased him “around the football field.” If you knew Fran, this was her queue to roll her eyes and perhaps giggle a little. She recalled the day she met her future husband and went home to sit with her mother and giggled about his “funny New York accent.” After Ed graduated with his masters degree, he was offered his first teaching job in Del Norte, Colorado where they moved and rented a “tiny” shack. Fran soon gave birth to her first-born son, Saverio “Sam” Posa. Fran would say their first home was “very small and all we had was a radio, sofa and bed.”
One day the power went out in their home and Fran had some oil paints. She and Ed began painting to pass time which would be the catalyst to their future as Ed would become a renowned published artist with Mill Pond Press in Venice, FL. Soon after, Ed was offered a teaching job in Pueblo, Colorado at Corwin Middle School. She would live out the rest of her life in the Pueblo community. Ed taught biology as Francis held down the fort. Fran would soon become a mother again, giving birth to her beloved son, Edward J. Posa, whom she adored and cared for immensely all of her days. Ed went on to teach Special education at East High School and coach football. Fran was a big supporter of Ed’s football career and loved the sport.
Fran had a fondness for children and was employed with School District 60 for many years as a teacher’s assistant and paraprofessional, assisting in early childhood education. Her favorite assignment was Sunset Park Elementary School. Fran enjoyed scrapbooking, crafting, sewing, traveling, dancing and painting. She was a meticulous housekeeper and enjoyed decorating her home. During the fast-paced life of raising children and working, Fran would become the mastermind behind her husband’s art operation by accounting, framing, matting and critiquing his artwork.
Fran truly loved and appreciated the arts. She was very proud and appreciative of everything she stewarded and took care of her home and family as such. She would say “don’t complain about laundry, I remember washing by hand.” Fran and Ed would continue to sell Ed’s artwork around the country and loved the “hustle and bustle” of selling art and traveling to do it. She supported her husband like no other and enjoyed working and creating artwork and life together.
Frances was not a woman of many words, and her humble roots were always in her heart and mind. She loved her family tremendously and was a woman of grace, wisdom, wit and mercy. She always ensured that her husband, children and grandchildren had everything they needed. Some of her most common phrases include: “there’s a place for everything, and everything in its place;” “don’t put off for tomorrow what can be done today;” “according to Hoyle…;” “let it go to waste and not to your waist;” “don’t burn daylight!” Fran was often the voice of reason when things went awry and advice was sought. She always offered simple, wise advice and never over-thought the circumstances. Her family thanks her for leaving such a legacy to pass on to the next generations.
A memorial Mass will be held at 10 a.m. on Thursday, May 30th, at Shrine St. Therese, 300 Goodnight Ave. In lieu of flowers/food, please send donations to Sangre De Cristo Hospice in Pueblo, CO.

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Memorial Mass: May 30, 2024 10:00 am

Shrine of St. Therese
300 Goodnight Ave.
Pueblo, CO 81004

719-542-1788

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  1. Ed and family, sending you prayers and much love. Fran was such a beautiful, beautiful, kind and loving light.
    Sending all my love.
    Emma Segura

  2. CandleImageTo Ed Posa and the whole family. I am so very sorry for your loss. May Fran Rest In Pease. A remarkable woman.
    Valerie Dorr. East graduate.

  3. CandleImageFran will always be one of the most wonderful ladies I’ve ever had the honor to meet. Such a wonderful soul. Godspeed to her and many blessings and prayers for Ed and the entire Posa family.

  4. A truly wonderful, caring lady who will be missed by many.

    Shirley Giadone Maldonado

  5. Sorry for your loss. Thoughts and prayers to Ed, Sam and Eddie
    Many fond memories of the families sending time together

  6. My sympathies to Ed Posa and Family. May you find comfort in the memories of your wife and mother.

  7. To the Posa Family:
    It was with great sadness that I saw the obituary on Fran. I knew the family well many years ago. The last time I saw them it was at a church gathering on an art topic. Fran, Ed and a grandson were there and I talked to the grandson and it was much like Deja Vue. I have not seen them since.
    When my daughter was born, the first place I took her (at about 3 weeks of age) was the Posa house. I remember it vividly. She is now in her early 50’s.
    The whole family meant so much to me, Fran included. I would love to see Ed again but do not know how to get in touch. We are still in the phone book. My thoughts are really with the family for many reasons.
    Georgine Booms

  8. Dear Ed and family, Fran was the perfect lady, so sweet and kind. We know she was truly and unconditionally loved, and all who knew her will miss her sweet smile and loving ways.
    May God bless you and help you keep her memory alive!
    Love always, Richard and Debby Foresta

  9. CandleImageI will treasure all our visits. You were a true inspiration! So glad you were a part of my life. You will be missed.

  10. Dearest Coach, I am heartbroken that Fran has passed. I hope you know that she will always be with you. Yours was a love story for the ages. Miss you both so much! Karen

  11. So, so sorry to hear of Fran’s passing. What a wonderful lady she was and what a lady. Truly, one of the sweetest people we ever met. Rest in peace Fran.

  12. CandleImageEd and family,
    Sincere condolences. We are sending prayers your way. We will cherish all of the wonderful times we spent together…..so grateful our paths crossed.

    John, Sue, Marianne, Dale and Gina, Michael and Carrie.

  13. CandleImageEd, you and Fran were such wonderful friends with Seal and George Williams. I hope you and your family will find peace and grace in the days ahead. My prayers are with you all.
    Pattee Williams, Pullman, WA

  14. To Ed and all of Fran’s family, our sincerest condolences. She will be missed.
    Lynnie and Teresa Clift and family

  15. To the family of Fran Posa, please accept our sincere condolences. Fran was a good friend of ours, she will be missed but certainly not forgotten.

    With love,

    Ed and Beth O’Neill

  16. Ed
    Sorry for you loss
    My wife Marianne past away in January
    We were married fo 62 years
    Keep your family close and talk to Fran everyday and especially in the evening
    We live in Lafayette and we miss Pueblo West

  17. CandleImageWhat wonderful neighbors. Lived next door to them before they moved to Pueblo West, she always took the time to reach out with cookies, food and friendship. She was so talented in so many ways. So sorry to hear of her passing. Prayers for all the family.

    Evelyn and Robert Dolif

  18. Ed and Fran went my church St. Paul the apostle and they were both so nice. My kids are Lauricella”s and Ed and Fran signed my kids casts. They are both wonderful people. Fran will be missed


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