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Celebrating the life of

Frances Joan Distefano DeWitt

Passed away on April 03, 2024

Frances Joan Distefano DeWitt

Frances Joan DeWitt, 89, died peacefully on Wednesday, April 3, 2024 at Hospice Savannah surrounded by her loving family. 

The Savannah native was born on March 16, 1935 to the late Josephine Lupo Crosby and John Distefano. Frances was a loving and devoted wife, mother, grandmother, sister, and friend. Her faith was unwavering and carried her through the loss of her child and her husband. Like the true Italian she was, nothing brought Frances more joy than cooking large family meals for all to enjoy. She had a gift of making everyone feel welcome and loved. She will be greatly missed by so many.

In addition to her parents, Frances was preceded in death by her husband, Franklin DeWitt; and a son, John Stephen DeWitt.

Frances leaves to cherish her memory two sons, Kirk DeWitt (Bartlette) and Andrew DeWitt (Sara);  a granddaughter, Frances DeWitt (Ford);  three grandsons, Connor, Andrew, and Baylor DeWitt; a brother, Timothy Crosby (Cindi); four sisters, Josephine Russo, Lucy Haviland (Ted), Mary Hayes (Jim), Patti Hicks (Bob); several nieces and nephews and her special group of friends, The Magnolias.

Visitation will be held on Friday, April 5, 2024 from 4:00 p.m. until 5:00 p.m. at Fox & Weeks Funeral Directors, Hodgson Chapel. A Rosary service will be held at the funeral home immediately following the visitation at 5:00 p.m.  A private burial will be held in Catholic Cemetery. 

In lieu of flowers the family suggest you consider making a donation in Frances's memory to Saint Vincent’s Academy, 207 East Liberty Street, Savannah, GA 31401 or Benedictine Military School, 6502 Seawright Drive, Savannah, GA 31406.



Sunabella at Savannah is deeply saddened to hear about the passing of our beloved Mrs. DeWitt. Please accept our heartfelt condolences during this difficult time. May you find comfort in the cherished memories you shared together.

- Sunabella at Savannah Memory Care, Savannah, Georgia

Kirk and Andrew, so sorry to hear of you mom' passing. She loved you both and if I ever saw her she would always tell me about what you were doing. I know she is telling Frank everything that has happened in the last few years. A very nice Southern Lady for sure.

- Jeff Goidman, Savannah, ga

Sending my love to Patti, Andrew and Kirk. Frances was always so warm and kind to me. I’m grateful for the parades, the beach and her laughter. When the tears fade, the great memories will linger.

- Beth Ann Teague, Marietta, GA

So sorry to read about your mother’s passing. There is never enough time on earth to spend with those we love but the memories live forever. God bless.

- Sue & James Romeo, Richmond Hill, Ga

Kirk I am so Sorry to hear about you losing your Mom.. it is so hard to lose a parent. May God give you the strength to get through this and to hold on to your memories! Sincerely, Debbie Hattrich

- Deborah Hattrich, Savannah, GA

Kirk and family, so sorry for your loss.

- Harry Center, Savannah, GA

Kirk & Andrew I am so sorry to hear of you Mom’s passing. God be with her & ya’ll during this difficult time!

- Paul Weber, Savannah, GA

Kirk and family, sending my condolences to you all. Praying that God gives you strength during this time in laying your mother to rest.

- Donya Wallace, Guyton, Ga

A candle has been lit!

- Mary Ann Sullivan, Statesboro, Ga.

Kirk & Andrew, we are so sorry to hear about your Mother. She was a lovely lady and whenever we saw each other we always had a warm greeting. I know she will be sorely missed. Our very deepest sympathy. Sharon & Murray

- Sharon & Murray Galin, Savannah , GA

A candle has been lit!

- Tommy Alford and Phyllis Alford, Savannah, GA

Services under the direction of:

Fox & Weeks Funeral Directors, Hodgson Chapel

  • A private burial will be held