Frances Elizabeth Farrell Viglielmo

Frances Elizabeth Farrell Viglielmo, beloved wife and mother, went home to see Jesus on Feb. 3. The memorial service for Frances will be March 16 at 5:30 p.m. at Church of the Crossroads. She and her husband, Valdo Humbert Viglielmo, attended Crossroads for decades. Valdo passed away in November. Frances was born in Brooklyn, New York on July 11, 1931. She and her family moved to the Panama Canal Zone when Frances was only an infant. She attended Catholic boarding school in Panama as a child, which helped her to become bilingual in Spanish and English. Before meeting Valdo, Frances worked teaching English in Ecuador. These experiences in Central America would later help form the inspiration for her novel, The Company We Kept: Tribes of No Continuing Place. After attending junior college in Panama, Frances received her degree in English from Swarthmore College. She then went to Radcliffe College, where she received her Master's in English as a Second Language. It was there in Cambridge, Massachusetts where she would meet her husband. They married in 1959. Frances went to Japan with Valdo for his instrumental work in translating a major work of Japanese literature. However, she also taught English at the American School in Japan. The couple then returned to America for Valdo to teach at Princeton University. It was at Princeton where their son, Marc, was born. Valdo and Frances were in Japan a few years later when daughter, Emily, was born. The young family then moved to Honolulu when Valdo was offered tenure at the University of Hawaii at Manoa in 1965. Frances also would later teach English at Kansai Gaidai College in Aina Haina. Frances concentrated on raising her children, but also followed her great passion: music. Frances was in the chorus of several local Hawaii Opera Theater productions, which included Aida, Carmen, and La Traviata. Frances sang soprano in the choirs of St. Andrew's Cathedral, and later the Lutheran Church of Honolulu. Frances and Valdo were local political activists. Frances traveled on her own to Cuba to view the effects of socialism there. Frances and Valdo worked tirelessly for peace and justice, and were awarded the Peace Prize in Nagasaki, Japan in 1998. They helped to bring the Nagasaki Peace Bell to Honolulu. Prior to that, they also were granted one of the first Peacemaker Awards from the Church of the Crossroads as part of the church's annual Martin Luther King Jr. Day celebration. In Honolulu, Frances is survived by her children, Marc and Emily, as well as her church "ohana." Mom, I will love you forever- Emily Viglielmo Arrangements