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Lucille French, 100, Former Harrison Operator

HARRISON, N.Y. – Lucille French, a former longtime resident of Harrison, died June 25 of pneumonia at Rockville Nursing Home in Rockville, Md. She was 100.

She was born on July 25, 1911, in Manhattan, the first of three children of Frank and Jenny Burke and grew up on the upper east side of Manhattan. In 1943, she married Robert French of Harrison, where she lived for more than 65 years.

French worked as a switchboard operator at Continental Baking Co. for many years until her retirement in 1976.

She is survived by a son, Robert French, of Harrison; a daughter, Susan Pucie, of Bethesda, Md.; four grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.

She was predeceased by her husband and two sisters, Irene Campbell and Virginia Thomas.

A gathering will take place from 10 to 10:45 a.m. Friday at Coxe and Graziano Funeral Home in Mamaroneck. A funeral Mass will be celebrated at 11 a.m. Friday at St. Gregory the Great Church in Harrison. Burial will follow at Greenwood Union Cemetery in Rye.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to her favorite charity, Save the Children.

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