Frances Weinstein, 92


WARWICK, R.I. – Frances Weinstein died peacefully in her sleep on May 4 in Warwick. Born on March 7, 1929, in Long Island City, New York, daughter of Bertie and Norman Steinhauer, and wife of the late Ed Weinstein, she is survived by her children Vic, Jane, Rob and Dan. She was the loving grandmother of Ben, Carrie, Molly, Jeff and Seth. She was great-grandmother to Gwendolyn and Avery.

Fran and Ed raised their family in Babylon, New York. A lifelong learner who instilled a love of knowledge in her children by example, she completed her associate degree in nursery education and earned a listing in Who’s Who in Associate Degree Students. She became certified in electrolysis and ran her own practice. She pursued artistic endeavors including watercolors, driftwood floral arranging and rug hooking.

Always an organizer and a doer, often in a leadership role, she volunteered for everything from classroom parent to social services and the Babylon Public Library. In her 60s, Fran became passionate about the art of rug hooking. She was key to the growth of the Long Island Rug Hooking association and, while serving as its president, oversaw numerous annual exhibitions. 

In 2012, Fran and Ed moved to Warwick to be closer to family members in New England, especially their youngest grandchild Ben. Despite the onset of dementia, Fran continued to remain engaged and during family holidays insisted the conversation be slowed down so she could be included. She remained curious and retained her sharp wit regardless of the state of her memory. Her forthright commentary about life and the people around her continued to endear her to everyone.

The family asks that contributions in Fran’s memory be made to the Hooked Rug Museum of North America at or 9849 St. Margarets Bay Rd., RR 2, Hubbards, Nova Scotia, Canada.