December 24, 2010

Dear Friends, It is with a sad heart that I share with you this morning that at 6:30 a.m., Frances quietly passed into God’s hands. Our sweet angel, although Jewish, loved the Christmas holiday and all the songs that brought people together. Her passing on Christmas Eve day will forever have a special meaning for me: her exuberance for life and her joy at seeing the world decorated in angels, her favorite symbol of hope. I extend my deepest condolences to her family and family of friends who cherished this amazing, talented and spirited lady. Our Frances will be sorely missed. We will be connected forever┬áby our love for Frances; each one of us has been touched and moved by her magnificent being. My love, Cheryl

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6 Responses to December 24, 2010

  1. Robin Kevrick Baker says:

    I was saddened to hear of Frances’ passing. I attended high school with Frannie where I had the opportunity to hear her beautiful voice in the early years. Many years later, while Stage Managing at Long Wharf Theatre in New Haven, it was serendipity that I overheard our Artistic Director say that he was directing La Traviata at the Connecticut Opera and that Frances Ginsberg would be having a costume fitting in our costume shop. I had a wonderful reunion as we relived our times together at Ladue High School where she performed in Camelot and Mame. Great fun and great memories. Her talent was present in her early years and grew to be extraordinary. I am sorry to hear of her passing but will forever hear her music in my heart.

  2. Stefano de Peppo says:

    I am SO saddened! I met Frances in West Palm Beach in 2005, we sang together in Manon Lescaut.
    We had met at the airport by accident, without knowing we would have been spending 4 weeks together rehearsing and performing, and beginning a nice friendship. We spent a lot of time together during that production even outside the theatre. Such a sweet human being, so sensitive and lovable! I saw her again in Milan in 2006, I invited to lunch at my old mom’s apartment and she was delightful with her too. I was happy to suggest her for a last moment substitution in Milan for a don Giovanni I had been hired for, and we sang again together and enjoyed again sometime together. I had seen her again in Milan one day in the street a couple of years ago, by accident again (it had happened once before in Manhattan by the Lincoln Center, it looked like it was a common thing between us!) we spoke briefly because she had to go somewhere, we said we were going to call each other soon. We never did, or at least I have been trying to reach her a few times through mail or her milanese phone, but no reply. Now I know why, I just read the shocking news, I was totally unaware of her recent health problem. I am angry at myself I have not try to insist in looking for her. Ciao Franceschina!

  3. Sylvia says:

    Dear Frannie, I will miss your voice, your tenacity, your outrageous optimism. I will completely miss you. With love and friendship as always. Sylvia

  4. Jenn says:

    I am so sad to hear about Frannie. She was my neighbor down the hall in the Dorchester. I had tried emailing her a few times in recent months, but didn’t hear back. I had no idea how ill she was and am sorry I was not able to see her in the last few months. Though we only knew each other a few months, I could tell what an amazing woman Frannie was. I already missed her after she moved, but I will miss her even more now. Rest in peace, Frannie.

  5. Laurie Feldman says:

    A beautiful woman, a beautiful singer, a beautiful friend…. may her memory be a blessing…. farewell, angel Frances…vi vedremo ancora…. Laurie

  6. Aunt Frannie fittingly passed on today, as the angels called home one of their own, just in time for Christmas.

    Frannie was truly a wonderful gift to this world. She brought joy and passion to her days, the likes of which are seldom seen. For those privileged to have known her, Frannie will forever bring about a smile. Her breathtaking and unmistakable soprano voice will resonate in our hearts and minds for all time. Aunt Frannie was a breath of fresh air. Her brief stay with us brought about love and warmth for so many. Frannie embodied the true spirit of love and kindness, and she touched countless lives around the globe. We should all be so fortunate.

    Not a day will pass that we don’t tip our [Yankee] caps to a genuine New Yorker, the kindest of souls, and a truly magical person. We love you, Aunt Frannie, and we will think of you always.

    With love and the fondest of memories,
    Caleb Ginsberg

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