Frances E. Gluck – Burlington

On Sunday, May 10, 2015, Frances “Frannie” Esther Gluck passed away peacefully in Gardenview at The Converse Home in Burlington. A truly memorable person, Frannie died from complications of Alzheimer’s disease. Born on Aug. 18, 1924, in Lawrence, Mass., to Louis and Elizabeth (Stearn) Blotner, Frannie was the third of five children and one of three redheads. Raised in Lawrence, Frannie graduated from Lawrence High School in 1942. As a young woman, she was a bookkeeper at a local furniture store and served as an enthusiastic member of the Junior U.S.O. In 1949, Frannie met Joseph Gluck, who had emigrated to the U.S. from Hungary in 1941. They fell in love and were married on March 12, 1950. In 1952, Joe had a job opportunity in Rutland so the Gluck’s, with their infant daughter, Harriet, moved to Vermont where Fran had been told that there would be more cows than people! 1955 was an exciting year with the birth of their son, Leonard, and the establishment of Home Fashions, Inc., an interior decorating business. For 31 years, Fran and Joe worked together and became an integral part of the Rutland business community. After the sudden death of her beloved Joe on May 8, 1987, Frannie had a broken heart that she filled by giving of herself. She became a very active member of the Rutland Jewish Center. A pillar of the congregation, Frannie received so much support in return. She also volunteered for over 20 years at the Rutland Hospital. Helping patients make their meal selection, Frannie would always encourage them to select an additional piece of fruit – “You’ve got to eat to be strong.” As a Lady Shriner of Airoc Court #32, Frannie enjoyed singing with her group at senior communities. The major focus of Frannie’s life was her family. She took great pride in her grandchildren’s accomplishments. How fortunate we are to have had the love, support and devotion of completely selfless Frannie! Among Frannie’s survivors is a daughter, Harriet Mace (Garrit) of Shelburne; and grandsons, Justin Mace (Robin), Adam Mace (Shauna); and great-grandchildren, Brody and Ryder Mace, and McKenna and Riley Mace. The family extends boundless gratitude to the wonderful healthcare professionals and incredible caregivers at The Converse Home/Gardenview Community. In lieu of flowers, please consider honoring Frannie’s memory with a donation to VNA Hospice of Chittenden County or to the Gardenview Community at The Converse Home for musical programs and entertainment. Keep a good memory of Frannie.