Santina A. “Sandy” Franchina Genco, 86, of Jamestown, N.Y., passed away at 10:45 a.m. Thursday, Feb. 18, 2021, in UPMC Chautauqua, following a brief illness.
An area resident for most of her life, she was born Sept. 4, 1934, in Corry, Pa., the youngest child of the late Samuel and Jenny Leone Franchina.
Following her father’s passing at a young age, she was raised by her mother and stepfather Joe Jerrusso.
She was a graduate of Corry Area High School.
In her earlier years, she was employed as a window dresser for the former Nugent’s Ladies Wear and the former Grants Department Store. She was also very artistic and showed her talent as a furniture decorator for Maddox Table Company. In later years she was the food demo lady at the former Quality Markets Store of Foote Avenue and also worked at Miletti’s Deli and Ecklof Bakery and Deli.
Surviving are her husband of 64 years, Paul R. “Sonny” Genco whom she married July 3, 1956; her six children, Terry Carlson, Paula (Bob) Verga, Paul (Denise) Genco, Jr., Cathy Genco-Hearburg, Michael (Ly) Genco, Annie (David) Carlson; 10 grandchildren, Ryan, Erik, Corey, Lauren, Thi Ly, Michael, Ashley, Meagan, Michelle, Amy and Tommy Nelson (son of the late Gloria); seven great-grandchildren, Alexzandra, Sophie, Sara, Adrianna, Michael Paul, Alexis, Matthew and Baby Carlson, on the way.
Besides her parents and stepfather, she was preceded in death by two daughters, Gloria (Mike) Bowmaster, Donna Nelson; a grandson, Michael A. Genco; and her four siblings, Josephine Davids, Louie Franchina, Sebastian “Busty” Franchina and Rose Reed.
A private family service will be held today, Feb. 22, 2021, in the Lind Funeral Home. The Rev. Ron Lemon, pastor of Koinonia Christian Fellowship, will officiate.
Burial will be in the Sunset Hill Cemetery.
Family and friends will be received on a walk through basis from 10 a.m to 1 p.m. today in the funeral home where social distancing will be observed, and masks must be worn while in the funeral home.
You may leave words of condolence to “Sandy’s” family at www.lindfuneralhome.com.