Frances S. Bognanni Active in churches

October 25, 1990

A Mass of Christian burial for Frances S. Bognanni, who was active in her churches and communities in East and Northeast Baltimore, will be offered at 10 a.m. today at St. Francis of Assisi Roman Catholic Church, 3615 Harford Road.

Mrs. Bognanni, who was 91 and lived in Bel Air for 15 years, died Monday of congestive heart failure at the Bel Air Convalescent Center.

A native of Catania, Sicily, the former Frances S. Mandella came to Baltimore at age 4 with her family and attended St. Leo's School in Little Italy.

After her marriage in 1917, she lived in East Baltimore, where she became active in the Ladies of Charity at Our Lady of Pompei Roman Catholic Church. Known for her cooking, she also chaired spaghetti dinners of the church for many years.

After moving from the area, she helped with dinners at St. Francis of Assisi Church.

Mrs. Bognanni, who had worked as a foreman at the Calvert Distillery as a young woman, was also active as a volunteer nurse in her neighborhood, helping with the sick and with newborn infants.

Her husband, retired barber Michael J. Bognanni, died in 1981.

She is survived by four daughters, Rita Lumpkin and Angela Rowley of Towson, Catherine Trachta of Perry Hall and Lucille Valle of Bel Air; a son, Michael F. Bognanni of Forest Hill; a sister, Sarah Bruscolini of Jarrettsville; 18 grandchildren; and 27 great-grandchildren.

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