Frances L. McGuiggan


Frances Lorraine McGuiggan (Heidelberger) passed away on Monday May 2, 2022, at her home in Whitesboro, NY. She was surrounded by love and comfort as she spent her last days in the home she nurtured over the past 60 years.

Frances was born on January 2, 1938. She was the daughter of Ambrose and Theresa Heidelberger. Due to her mother’s untimely passing, she was raised by her sister, Theresa, and her brother in-law, Raymond Jones. A true act of love and sacrifice that Frances was eternally grateful for.

From an early age, Frances’s calling was to care for the sick. A calling she fulfilled through her career as a Registered Nurse. Upon graduating from Utica Catholic Academy, Frances obtained her Nursing Degree from Marcy State Hospital School of Nursing. This was a profession she held in great regard and an avenue for her to express her loving and caring nature. After retiring from nursing, she went on to train and certify hundreds of local CNAs. She also cared for numerous family members and friends during their time of need.

On July 22, 1959, Frances married her kindergarten crush and high school sweetheart, Peter McGuiggan. They enjoyed a loving and caring union of 50 years and raised six children: Michael (Syracuse), Catherine (Whitesboro), Susan (Joseph Timian) (Waterville), Timothy (Jeanine) (Saratoga), Mary (Whitesboro), and Thomas (deceased). Peter passed away in 2009.

The true loves of her life were her grandchildren: Patrick, Michael, Tyger (Karen), Megan (Mac), Molly, Sarah, Riley, Kyle and Carina. Being “Grammy” was her greatest joy! She was always present, a soft place to fall, and an inspiration on how to live a life with care, compassion, dignity, and faith. Holidays were not holidays unless they were spent at “Grammy’s House.” Her spirit will live on in the lives of her grandchildren.

She is also survived by her sister, Barbara Shanley; brothers, Ray and Brad Jones; daughter-in-law, Rebecca Blackburn; and many nieces and nephews, including a special nephew Joseph (Meg) Keniston. She was predeceased by her sisters, Anna Mae and Diana; brother, Deak; brother-in-law, Dennis McGuiggan; and sisters-in-law, Maureen Kulesa and Karen Keniston.

Frances had numerous hobbies: gardening, knitting, arts and crafts, golf, bowling, and bocce are just a few. During the past few years, she knitted newborn caps to donate to the St. Luke’s nursery and made face masks for local agencies during the COVID pandemic. Through UNICEF, she supported a less fortunate child in Columbia for many years. They established a bond that Frances found extremely rewarding.

Family and friends are welcome to attend services at the Dimbleby Funeral Home, 40 Main Street, Whitesboro, NY, on Friday, May 6. Calling hours are from 9 a.m. to 10:30 a.m., followed by a mass of Christian Burial, 11:30 a.m., at St. Paul’s Church, 16 Park Ave., Whitesboro. Interment at Mount Olivet Cemetery.

The family would like to express their appreciation to Karen and Janice of Hospice and Palliative Care for their compassion and guidance during this difficult time. Those desiring, please consider memorials to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105 (

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