Travel agency owner, former president of South Plainfield Board of Ed and Watchung Rotary, beloved mother and grandmother, Frances Madeline Licato, age 83, passed away on Friday, April 5, 2019 at Ocean Medical Center, Brick, N.J.
Mrs. Licato was born and raised in Newark, N.J. She had resided in South Plainfield, N.J., for 55 years before moving to Ortley Beach, N.J., in 2015.
Mrs. Licato graduated from Berkeley Secretarial School in 1955. After graduating, she started her career as a secretary at CBS to Paul Tripp and Dick Van Dyke. Later, she became secretary of the United Way of South Plainfield and then president of the South Plainfield Board of Education. She was a member of the New Jersey State Board of Education, The South Plainfield Junior Women's Club, where she served as president, and The Women's Club of South Plainfield. Mrs. Licato was the founder and owner of Perspective Travel in Watchung, N.J. She was also a past president of the Watchung Rotary.
Mrs. Licato enjoyed traveling all over the world with her late husband, Frank. She also enjoyed spending time at her home in Ortley Beach, especially with her family.
Mrs. Licato was predeceased by her husband, Frank P. Licato, in 2018; her sister, Connie Paashaus, and her brother, Joseph Posella.
She is survived by her children, Debra (John) Licato-Meiman, Dr. Frank (Mina) Licato, Jeff (Jacqui) Licato, and Wendy (John) Berens; 12 grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; her sister, Carmella (August) Hock; many nieces and nephews, and her loving and faithful dog, Tigger. To send condolences, please visit higginsfuneralhome.com
A memorial gathering will be held today, Sunday, April 7, 2019, from 4 to 7 p.m. at Higgins Home for Funeral, 752 Mountain Blvd., Watchung, N.J. 07069. Cremation was private.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to St Jude Children's Research Hospital or Shriners Hospital for Children.