Frances "Fran" L. (Dean) Cote

Born: Thu., Sep. 23, 1943
Died: Tue., May 12, 2020

Services are to be announced

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Canterbury - Frances “Fran” L. (Dean) Cote, 76, beloved wife for 49 years of Ernest J. (Tony) Cote, Sr., passed away Tuesday, May 12, 2020 unexpectedly at her home. Born in Baltic, CT to Louise (Stefon) Dean and Francis (Si) Dean, Frances made her home in Canterbury, CT for the past 40 years.

Frances attended St. Joseph’s School and The Academy of the Holy Family in Baltic.  She completed her career path as a nurse, graduating from Lawrence Memorial School of Nursing. She proudly served from 1965-1967 in the United States Air Force as a Second Lieutenant Staff Nurse, honorably discharged in May 1967.

During her life Frances was employed by various convalescent homes, retiring as the Administrator of Pierce Baptist Memorial Convalescent Home in 2017.

She truly enjoyed spending time with her family. Her hobbies included scrapbooking and researching her family tree. Frances took great care when shopping for gifts for her loved ones, always finding the perfect gift for each person. She will be sorely missed by all.

Frances is survived by her husband Tony, their son Robert F. Cote Sr. and his partner Susan, Tony’s children, Jeanette Brown and her husband Richard, Ernest Cote Jr. and his wife Ann, Debra Goodge and her husband Lawrence, Victor Cote and his wife Christine; grandchildren, Robert Jr. (RJ) and Victoria (Tori) Cote, Cassey Palmer, Kevin Brown, Mandy Cote, Kody, Kristen and Kyle Goodge, Anna-Marie and Erin Cote; and four great grandchildren. She is also survived by a brother Arthur (Butch) Dean, and his wife Patricia, and nephews, Nathaniel and Samuel Dean. She also leaves her former daughter-in-law Pamela Cote, and many dear cousins and friends.

The family would like to extend a special thank you to Frances’s cousin, Patty Riley, for her help and support during this difficult time.  

A celebration of Frances's life will be held at a future date. The Gagne Piechowski Funeral Home 490 Voluntown Road Jewett City, CT has been entrusted with the arrangements.  For online condolences please go to

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association, CT Chapter, 200 Executive Blvd. S #4b, Southington, CT 06489.

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Deb Clark
   Posted Mon May 18, 2020
Rob and Sue,
So sorry to hear of your loss. My thoughts are with you both during this difficult and challenging time. May all of your fond memories bring you comfort.


alfred&pamela gulowsen
   Posted Tue May 19, 2020
To uncle Toni and family so sorry to hear about aunt Frances,may your fond memories help you through this time of sorrow and know that our prayers are with you all.

Gail Beausoleil
   Posted Wed May 20, 2020
I have many fond memories of Fran. I had the privilege of working with her for five years at Pierce Memorial Baptist. She ran a tight ship, and was respected by all. She had each true heart of gold, always willing to go over and above to help anyone that was struggling in their personal life. We had many fun conversations talking about her trips to Disney with the grandchildren. She made certain to always pick out the most appropriate gift at Christmas or birthdays. She was instrumental in helping establish the assisted-living program that I run today. Oh, how she loved her policies and procedures! Fran, you will be missed. My sincere condolences to the entire family.

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