Frances V. Doaty, 90

Frances V. Doaty, 90, of Gilbertsville, Pennsylvania, moved on to be with her family and friends in Heaven on July 20, 2023.

Frances was born on February 21, 1933, to Samuel and Stella (Richard) Sands of Gilbertsville, PA. She attended Boyertown schools and later graduated from the Berks Real Estate Institute. She was a life-long learner and an avid reader. She enjoyed working hard, spending time with family, antiquing, mowing her lawn, and watching the wildlife in her back yard.

She started as office manager for the Doaty family building business. Much of her career was spent in sales management at Stanley G Flagg Co. in Pottstown. She later worked in new home sales for Doaty & Company Real Estate. She was a waitress at Sunnybrook Ballroom for decades. Fran worked full-time until the age of 84, serving her last ten years as receptionist and the smiling face of the Center at Spring Street at the Boyertown Area Multi-Service.

Frances has two children, Randal Doaty (Cynthia) of Douglassville and Susan Lelko of Bellefonte, Pa. She has five grandchildren Dr. Sarah Doaty, Kristen Weller (Jason), Brett Lelko (Erin), Shawn Lelko (Sarah Felice), and Kelsy Lelko. Fran also has four great grandchildren, Ryleigh Weller, Hudson Weller, Benaiah Lelko, and Jireh Lelko, plus one more on the way. She has many nieces, nephews, and life-long friends she cherished.

Frances was predeceased by her parents and sisters Blanche Miller (John), Pauline Fine (Merrill) , Gloria Grisdale (Charlie) , and a brother, Ardi Sands (Lenore). She is survived by a sister, Daisy Pihanich (Joseph).

Services will be held at Morningstar Fellowship, where she attended church, at 100 Limekiln Rd., Bechtelsville on Tuesday, July 25th. Visitation will be from 10 am to 11am, with the funeral service starting at 11 am. Burial will be private.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to Fox Chase Cancer Center, 333 Cottman Ave, Philadelphia, PA 19111.

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I'm very sorry for your loss. I understand the pain, but just take care of your family and yourself. That will get through until times improve.


~ Dennis Stauffer
9/6/2023 4:18:45 PM

So very sorry for your loss. I worked for decades with Fran at Sunnybrook. We had so much fun together Always a smile on her face and always willing to help anyone.She will be missed by many. Barb and Bruce Herb

~ Barb Herb
7/24/2023 4:26:48 PM

I worked with Fran as a volunteer at the Center at Spring Street. She had a smile and a greeting by name for everyone who came in the door. She was a gracious and lovely lady. I was blessed to have known her.

~ Pam Vargo
7/24/2023 6:46:42 AM

Our heartfelt sympathy to the entire family. What wonderful memories we have of visits together at Halloween, and particularly in the Poconos....we certainly enjoyed times and ice cream sundaes with the Kistlers!
More recently, I could be assured of Franny's marvelous smile, and cheerful "Hi Kathy" whenever I would walk into the Senior Center. Then, we would enjoy time together, talking about our families.
God has certainly called a special angel into his kingdom.

~ Kathy (Geiger) Billger Boyertown, PA
7/22/2023 7:39:16 AM

Our deepest sympathy to the family. What a wonderful legacy that Fran represents.What a blessing to your family and all the lives she has touched. We are praying for all of you! The Parkinson family

7/21/2023 10:05:42 PM

I am deeply moved by the life story of Mrs. Doaty. While we only shared very brief times together over the years, it is clear from this beautiful memorial that she lived her life to the fullest. In my many discussions with my dear friend, her loving son Randy, it was obvious through his testimony of her that she extended her radiant spirit and energy in so many ways.

Her love for life and learning is a testament to her curiosity, passion, and appreciation for the world around her. This paints a picture of a person with a zest for life and an ability to find joy in simple pleasures. It's truly beautiful to imagine her in those tranquil moments, enjoying the solitude of the wildlife in her backyard.

Throughout her various professional roles, it sounds like she was a shining beacon of service and dedication, something that is incredibly admirable, and exceedingly rare. Her professional journey speaks to a woman of grit and determination, someone who was not afraid to pursue her dreams and to keep working and contributing to society well past the age when most would retire. Her strength is truly inspirational.

The family and friends she leaves behind in this world, along with the generations she inspired, are a testament to her impactful existence. She was clearly loved by many and leaves a legacy that will continue to shine brightly. Having five grandchildren, four great-grandchildren, and another on the way is evidence that her love and kindness will continue to ripple through time.

While it is indeed a sad time as we mourn her departure, I am glad that Frances is now reunited with her family and friends in Heaven. I believe that she will continue to watch over all those she held dear, guiding them and showering them with love from above.

May her memory live on in the stories shared and the love she gave to everyone she knew. Let us celebrate Frances's life by carrying her spirit forward in our daily actions. Frances's life was a testament to the strength, endurance, and power of a kind heart, and in that, I’m sure her legacy will live continually, and may her soul rest with the Grace of God in eternal peace.

~ Darrell Kean Boyertown, PA
7/21/2023 8:25:12 PM

I had worked with Franni at Sunnybrook ballroom she was so Sweet and she'd always laugh at my goofy antics there. We sure needed laughs at that very hard job. I always think of her when I tell folks of my waitress years. I will never forget this Beautiful woman Rest in Peace Franni.

~ Cheryl chiarello
7/21/2023 12:50:08 PM

I just want to express my deepest Sympathy to the entire family
Fran was and will always be remembered by me a very classy lady with a big heart
I will never forget her
She loved you all and was so very proud of all of you
It was my honor to have cared for
Thank you for the privilage

~ Linda Detwiler Barto, Pa
7/21/2023 11:45:57 AM