Dolores Franco, 96, formerly of Pine Hill, died Tuesday, Nov. 10, 2009 at the Lower Cape Fear Hospice in Wilmington, N.C. She immigrated to the United States in 1938, and was a talented seamstress. She and her husband Salustiano were residents of Pine Hill for about 35 years, and owned and operated the Seven Pines Hotel until it burned down many years ago.
She was born June 13, 1913 in Santiago, Cuba, daughter of the late Manuel and Josefa Armesto Maurelo.
Surviving are her two daughters, Maria Louise Gerlott of Wilmington, N.C. with whom she made her home, and Aurora Lopez of Pine Hill and Astoria, Queens. Five grandchildren and six great-grandchildren also survive.
She was predeceased by her husband, Salustiano Franco.
Her funeral procession was formed on Monday at 9:30 a.m. at the E.B. Gormley Funeral Home, 87 Main Street, Phoenicia. At 10 a.m. a Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated by Fr. Mathew Azhakath at the St. Francis de Sales Church, Main Street, Phoenicia.
Burial was in the family plot at the St. Francis de Sales Cemetery, Rte. 28, Allaben.
To light a memorial candle, please visit www.gormleyfuneralhome.com.
Arrangements were by the E.B. Gormley Funeral Home, 87 Main Street, Phoenicia.