Margaret L. Franklin 1932-2022 | News, Sports, Jobs


GIRARD — Margaret L. Franklin, 90, passed away peacefully Friday evening, July 15, 2022, at her home, with her loving family by her side.

Margaret was born July 1, 1932 in Youngstown, the second of six daughters born to the late Andrew and Anna Benya Bush, and has resided in the area her entire life.

She had graduated from East High School in 1948, and on November 18, 1950, she married her high school sweetheart, Neil Franklin. They raised four children and spent 66 years together.

At the age of 55, Margaret graduated from Youngstown State University with an associate’s degree in applied science. She worked as a dietary technician for over 35 years, working at Girard High School, Trumbull Memorial Hospital and Hillside Rehabilitation Center. She loved her job and the people she worked with, always establishing a firm but desirable work ethic.

Ms. Franklin was a life member of St. John’s Episcopal Church in Youngstown, where she dedicated her time each Sunday to church singing and also sang at the annual Boar’s Head Festival.

Margaret’s passion in life was music and at a young age she mastered the accordion, but her true love was singing. She was a member of the Youngstown Symphony Chorus and performed in three operas, including “Lucia de Lammermore”, “La Traviata” and “Aida”. She has performed twice at Carnegie Hall in New York and several times at the Powers and Stambaugh auditoriums. The highlight of her musical career was with the Music Sacra of Youngstown, a singing group with which she traveled to Rome, Italy, and performed Mozart’s Requiem Mass for Pope John Paul II.

Margaret is survived by her two daughters, Diane L. New and Margaret Smith, both of Girard; three grandsons, John G. New of Bassett, Virginia, Joshua F. Hodge of Girard and Jeremy Neil Franklin of Cleveland; one granddaughter, Allison Franklin of Girard; a great-granddaughter, Avriella Grace Franklin of Cleveland; and a sister, Kathleen Cappola of Struthers.

Margaret will be sadly missed by all who knew and loved her.

Her husband, Neil Franklin, died on February 8, 2016.

Two sons, Glenn David Franklin (1986) and Neil Bruce Franklin (2019); and four sisters, Mary Ann Higgins, Sophie Gavozzi, Eleanor Premec and Irene Hornyak, also preceded Margaret in death.

Family and friends are invited to attend a Celebration of Life Service at 11 a.m. Saturday, July 30, 2022 at St. John’s Episcopal Church, 323 Wick Ave., Youngstown.

Interment will follow the service and Margaret will be laid to rest next to her husband and son.

In lieu of flowers, Margaret’s family suggests that memorial contributions be made to St. John’s Episcopal Church Choir, in Margaret’s memory.

Margaret’s family would like to sincerely thank the nurses and caregivers at Crossroads Hospice and Pallative Care for the compassionate care, kindness, love and support they provided to Margaret and her family from inception to end of this trip. Her family greatly appreciates the wonderful way they helped their mother in her last days of life and are happy that she was kept comfortable and is now at peace.

Arrangements have been entrusted to Kinnick Funeral Home in Girard.

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