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Francine DeCou Arre

  • On August 28, 2020
  • 15 Comments

Francine DeCou Arre, age 62, of Pleasant Hills, passed away peacefully in her home surrounded by her family on August 24, 2020.

Born on September 29, 1957,  she was the daughter of the late Ursula and Samuel DeCou.

Loving mother of William “Billy” (Victoria “Tori”) Arre; dear sister of Erika Sullivan and Jackie DeCou; and aunt of Steven (Daniela) McMahon and Lindsay Sullivan.

Francine had a love for travel. She was an avid Pittsburgh sports fan and enjoyed watching her son’s sports career grow over the years. She was a proud supporter of local animal rescue organizations, and even adopted two dogs; Skeeter and Peaches. She was a strong advocate for many charities, and most of all she enjoyed spending time with her family and friends. She will be deeply missed by all who knew and loved her.

A celebration of life will be held at a later date.

Memorial contributions may be made in her name to one of her favorite charities; The Susan G. Koman Foundation, National Ovarian Cancer Coalition, Alzheimers Foundation, The Brain Aneurysm Foundation or any animal rescue. 

Please view and sign the family’s online guestbook at pittsburghcremation.com.

 

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15 Comments

Tina Raisanen
  • Aug 28 2020
I had never met Fran in person but had the pleasure of working remotely with her at Direct Travel. She was a pleasure to work with and will be missed.
Cynthia Ninesling
  • Aug 28 2020
I can’t imagine life without Francine in it, but I know that I was blessed to be able to call her my friend for 50 years. I have replayed every memory over these past five days. All our love to Bill and Tori, Jackie, Erika, Stephen and Lindsay.
Janet Rossi
  • Aug 29 2020
You don’t know me but I worked with Fran at Direct Travel. We only corresponded through email, but I felt her genuine spirit. If Fran was involved, I knew I was in good hands. When I heard of her passing I was deeply saddened, she will truly be missed. I pray for her and for her family. Janet Rossi- Chicago
Dennis Duffy
  • Aug 29 2020
I was very upset to hear of Fran's passing. I worked for Fran at Direct Travel and even though only got to know her for a few years she was always kind and respectful any time we got to speak. When my daughter was seriously injured in a serious car accident last year Fran was one of the first to reach out and offer any assistance she could, that's the beauty and the kindness of Fran's heart, she also sent a card for my daughter which my daughter greatly appreciated, god bless you Fran and god bless your family during this difficult time. You will be missed.
Diane Teegan
  • Aug 29 2020
My sympathy and prayers to Fran's family. I worked with Fran for 5 years and from the minute I met her I felt her warmth. She was a wonderful person and will be greatly missed. Peace be with you Fran on this new journey.
Jennifer
  • Aug 29 2020
Go Steelers! Fran had the best smile! Our condolences to Billy, Jackie and Erika. The Figueroa Family has you all in their prayers!
Kimberly Ann Werner VMD
  • Aug 30 2020
I am genuinely saddened by Fran’s passing. I will miss her and the varying conversations we would have that deeply encompassed more than just “Skeeter’s” medical issues. She loved him even with all his issues and they had a very strong bond. “Peaches” even in the short time had to realize how lucky to have been placed in Fran’s life; I know I was and I was just her Veterinarian. We developed a friendship through the years of his many visits and I always looked forward to her coming in. We discussed the battles she admirably faced and didn’t back down from, as well as her family and mine. When I told her I was traveling to Alaska, I think she was more excited than I was initIally. She just went on and on glowingly about her sister. I know in my life she made a difference and I will forever be grateful. I give my heartfelt sympathy to her family and may Fran Rest In Peace.
Jackie Wilson
  • Aug 30 2020
My dear Fran, I am heartbroken, but I will take solace in knowing that you were faithful to God’s will.You will always be remembered for being so positive and so strong until the end.I will always remember your beautiful smile, kindness and love. I am so grateful to God for lending me his Angel go a little while. I love you and will miss you unmeasurable. Rest In Peace my beautiful Fran. We will meet again someday!
Jo Ann Galioto
  • Aug 30 2020
My deepest sympathy to Billy, Tori, Jackie, Erica and everyone who knew Frankie. She is missed in the neighborhood. II am grateful that I had the chance to know Frannie I will miss her.
Judy Barrett
  • Aug 31 2020
Never had the pleasure of meeting Fran in person, only spoke on the phone. I had the pleasure of working with Fran at DT. Sending healing prayers and comforting hugs. I am so sorry for your loss.
Cindy Zupanc
  • Sep 1 2020
Such a beautiful person, both on the inside and out! PERFECT example of the meaning of love and life as it was meant to be.
Laura Iacono
  • Sep 1 2020
My sincerest condolences on your loss. I was blessed to have known and worked with Fran. May your sadness be quickly replaced with happy memories. With love, Laura Iacono
Amy Harvey
  • Sep 3 2020
I had the pleasure of working with Fran at Direct Travel and was saddened to hear about her passing. She was a fantastic co-worker and as I sit here and write this I am reflecting back to a company event where Fran and I sat together at dinner. We got into a great conversation about dogs and both of our experiences with the loss of them and the grief that comes along with that loss. I'll never forget what she said to me as we both reminisced - 'you can't experience grief without first experiencing love'. My sympathies to her entire family and friends - may you find peace and comfort during these difficult days.
James C.
  • Sep 9 2020
I had the pleasure of being one of the kids in the neighborhood raised by her. In our group of friends everyone's parents were such a big part of kids lives, it did not matter if I was at Fran's house or if her son Bill was at my house our parents always took care of us and there was never a time that I was at her house as a kid and she didn't order the boys pizza and have great sweet iced tea made! Playing sports with Bill growing up and always having our parents watching us and cheering us on always meant the most and Bill and I had some of the best games and experiences with her watching us. So my thoughts and feelings are with you Bill and your family. I miss and love you guys.
Marisa Vitale
  • Sep 22 2020
RIP Fran; I just now found out about your passing and I'm saddened and devastated. May you fly with the Angels and provide comfort and healing to your family and loved ones left here on earth. Your DT coworker, Marisa
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