COLCHESTER - Francesca Gaboury Colonna passed away unexpectedly Monday, Feb. 26, 2018 at age 29. Affectionately known as "Franci", she was born on April 11, 1988 in Springfield, MA. Franci was a 2006 graduate of Bacon Academy in Colchester. She was furthering her education at Manchester Community College with a concentration on counseling in pursuit of her lifelong desire to help others. Franci loved writing, music and creating jewelry. She adored her family and friends. She will be remembered for her big beautiful smile, empathy, and resilience. Franci leaves to mourn but forever cherish her memory: her loving mother, Lynn Orsatti; father, Ronald Colonna and partner Margo Vachon; sister, Brianne; aunt, Barbara Vivenzio; uncle, Ricci Scafuri; cousins Carl and Jimmy Vivenzio; grandmother, Patricia Barnes; father-figure Kenny Lajoie; the Fidelco Guide Dog puppies that she so proudly helped raise, Kasey and Yatt; and many other extended family and friends. The Memorial Liturgy will be celebrated 11 AM Saturday, March 3rd at St. Andrew Church, 128 Norwich Avenue, Colchester. The family will receive guests one hour prior to Mass in the church starting at 10 AM. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Franci's memory to an organization of the donor’s choice. Care of arrangements has been entrusted to the Aurora-McCarthy Funeral Home of Colchester.