Obituary: Francesca X. Fodera, 69, of Ridgefield

Francesca X. Fodera, 69, of Ridgefield, beloved wife of Mr. Peter L. Fodera, passed away on Thursday, January 11.

Francesca was born in Queens, NY, on May 26, 1948, the daughter of the late Angelo and Jane (DeSimone) Talluto. She attended Glendale, Queens, NY schools and received her Bachelor of Fine Arts degree, in Art History, from Queens College, in 1969.

After graduation she became an elementary school teacher at Queen of Angels in LIC, and later taught art in the elementary school system in Nassau County, NY. She trained as a massage therapist at The Connecticut Center for Massage Therapy in Westport and continued to practice up until recently. Her work as a healer expanded into flower essence therapy, aromatherapy, and energy work.

She married Peter in 1970, and they lived in Rosedale, Queens before moving to Connecticut. A resident of Ridgefield for the past thirty years, Mrs. Fodera was a volunteer with Meals on Wheels and SPHERE of CT. She was an avid gardener and an accomplished baker and cook. She loved to knit and continued her love affair with the fine arts and film. Mrs. Fodera was also the bookkeeper for Fodera Fine Art Conservation, Ltd., but her true love was the role of caregiver and being of service.

Francesca is survived by Peter, her husband of 47 years, and their two children, Giordano and Juliana. She is also survived by many nieces and nephews.

Mrs. Fodera was predeceased by her parents and by her brother, Joseph Talluto.

Friends will be received on Tuesday, January 16th, from 3:00 to 7:00 pm, at Kane Funeral Home, 25 Catoonah Street, Ridgefield. A prayer service will be held at the funeral home at 6:00 pm. Interment will be private. The Fodera Family also welcomes anyone who would like to pay their respects to visit them at their home on Wednesday, January 17th.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to the Prospector Theater: 25 Prospect Street, Ridgefield, CT 06877, or to Regional Hospice and Homecare: 30 Milestone Road, Danbury, CT 06810,