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Tuesday, March 25, 2014

M. Frances Milkavich, 94

M. Frances Milkavich, born Morfenia Frances Capetanidis, a former Westport resident, died March 20 at Grandview Care Center in Sun City West, Ariz. She was 94.

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M. Frances Milkavich: 1937 Staples graduate. Contributed photo

Born on Sept. 26, 1919 in Bridgeport to John and Mary Capetanidis, she was the widow of Joseph G. Milkavich, her husband of 64 years.

She attended Westport schools and graduated from Staples High School in 1937. She received two bachelor’s degrees, one from Central Connecticut State College in commercial education (1943) and another from Danbury State College (1956) in elementary education; a Masters Degree from Danbury State College (1959); a sixth year Certificate from Fairfield University(1967) and 15 more credits toward a teacher’s reading certificate from the University of Bridgeport.

She was was an educator for more than 30 years, including 26 years in the Norwalk School district. She was a life member of the National Teachers Association, Connecticut Educational Association, Associated Retired Teachers of Connecticut and AARP National Association of Retired Teachers Branch.

Upon retirement, she volunteered as a tax counselor for the elderly, worked with the State of Connecticut Social Services as an advocate for residents of a local nursing home, and drove senior citizens to various appointments.

She is survived by two sons and one daughter: Robert Milkavich and his wife, Shirley, of Houston, Texas; Patricia Milkavich Stiltner of Surprise, Ariz.; Donald Milkavich and his wife, Joan, of Williamsburg, Va,. grandchildren: Dr. Lisa Milkavich Rubow and her husband, Kevin, of Salt Lake City, Utah, Dr. Amy Milkavich and her partner, Bryan Trammell, of Arvada, Colo.; James Milkavich and his wife, Megan (Oviatt) of Dallas; David A. Haugsby of Columbus, Ohio; Michael D. Milkavich of Williamsburg, Va., great-grandchildren: Tyler A. Babbitt of Grove City, Ohio.; Joseph James Trammell of Arvada; Rowan Rubow of Salt Lake City, sisters: Katherine Mondul of Rockford, Ill. She was predeceased by sisters Ann Byers and Olga Aronow.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Friday, April 4, at 10 a.m. at St. Luke Catholic Church, 49 Turkey Hill Road North, Westport. Interment will follow in Mountain Grove Cemetery, Bridgeport.

Friends may call Thursday, April 3, from 4-8 p.m. in the Spear-Miller Funeral Home, 39 South Benson Road, Fairfield.

In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to the hospice organizations of one’s choice.

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