February 5, 2014

U.S. Veteran

Burial Date


WILLETTE, FRANCIS EARL, 76, of Schenectady, N.Y., died following a brief illness February 5, at the Residential and Rehabilitation Facility at Ellis Health Center, where he was in residence following a fall in January 2013. Born in Barre, Francis was the son of Homer J. and Cecilia Willette, of Northfield. He was a 1959 graduate of the University of Vermont. He served in the United States Army Reserve from 1960-1962 and did active duty in Germany from 1962-1964. He obtained a master’s degree in special education from Russell Sage College in 1967 and permanent certification in school administration and supervision from the University of New York at Albany in 1976. From 1966 until his early retirement in 1992, he served as a special educator with the Schenectady school district in various capacities, including department chairman. Francis was predeceased by his parents, as well as his brother James (1997). He is survived by his former wife, Sally Irizarry-Quinones, and her husband, Hugo, of Niskayuna; his two loving daughters, Jocelyn Edwards and husband, John, of Hopkinton, Mass., and Celia St. Amant and husband, Mark, of Boulder, Colo.; his cherished four grandchildren; his sister, Jacquelyn McKenna, of Colchester, and brother Joseph Willette, of Graniteville, and their spouses, John and Suzanne; his sister-in-law, Mary Willette, widow of James; as well as several nieces and nephews and grandnieces and grandnephews.

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