Persico, Francesca (Died on 01 Sep 2002)
appeared in Wilmette Life (Wilmette, Illinois), 19 Sep 2002, p. 26

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Francesca (Frenchie) Persico, 10, a resident of Winnetka and a student at Greeley School, died Sept. 1 at her home.

The cause of death was Neuroblastoma, a rare form of childhood cancer. She had been diagnosed at age 3.

“Francesca wasn’t dealt the best card, but she played it fabulously,” said her brother, Frederico. “Through the almost six years in remission, she was a great student; became an artist; a ballet dancer; a volinist; an actress; an entrepreneur (sold lemonade and walked dogs with Izzy); a swimmer and a tennis pro.”

“As I look back I can’t think of her without imagining a smile. Francesca had so much going for her; she could have been anything she wanted.”

Survivors include her mother, Cristina; her brother, Frederico; and sisters Carla and Isabella.

Funeral mass was celebrated Sept. 5 at Sacred Heart and interment was in Sacred Heart Cemetery in Northbrook.

Memorials to Friends for Steven (Pediatric Cancer Research) or Children Memorial Hospital (for Neuroblastoma research), Post Office Box 5994, Buffalo Grove, IL 60089.

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Nickname: Frenchie
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19 Sep 2002
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01 Sep 2002
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    Latitude: 42.07225 Longitude: -87.72284
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Persico, Francesca (Died on 01 Sep 2002)