Franca Franzaroli of Delray Beach, FL, formerly of Chestnut Hill, MA, age 87, Jan. 8, 2020.

Devoted mother of Leo, Richard and Judith Locke, and Susan Locke Campbell.

Loving grandmother of Juliana Locke, Nathaniel Locke, Joia Locke and Luca Campbell.

She also leaves her long-term companion, Michael Anton Laurano.

Franca was founder and namesake of the successful Boston-based tour company, Donna Franca Tours. Specializing in custom and group travel programs to Italy, the company has been in operation for more than fifty years.

 

In 1983, Franca received the prestigious Golden Globe Travel Award in Berlin, Germany.  For her economic contributions to Italy, she was conferred the title of Cavaliere by the President of the Republic of Italy. For her charitable work in the country, she was given the title of Countess of Sant’ Agata.

 

She was also active in Boston’s Italian-American community and known in the area for her philanthropy, especially in the area of education for young children.

 

Above all, Franca profoundly loved her family. She will be missed for her contagious smile and endless passion for life. She lived it to the fullest and made an impact on everyone she knew.

Visiting hours Tuesday, Jan. 14 from 4-8pm in the funeral home. Funeral Mass Wednesday at 10AM in St. Ignatius of Loyola Church, 28 Commonwealth Ave, Newton. Entombment to follow at Newton Cemetery.

Franca's family asks that flowers not be sent to the wake. Instead, donations in her name may be made to: the Italian Home for Children, 1125 Centre St, Jamaica Plain, MA 02130.

© 2018 by Andrew J. Magni & Son Funeral Home