Grief for woman lost in house fire

first_imgMore than 100 people gathered Saturday at the site of a fatal house fire in the Sifton area to mourn the passing of a woman they described as “everybody’s mom.”Donna Franchino, 58, died Friday after a house fire ripped through her home at 15209 N.E. 74th St., her family confirmed Saturday.“She was always the first person in the neighborhood to welcome new neighbors and let the kids know that our home was their home,” said Franchino’s daughter, Nicole Franchino. Looking at the many people who endured the rain to pay their respects, she said: “These are all her kids; she took care of everybody.”Candles illuminated tear-streaked faces as people shared their memories of Donna Franchino.Originally from New York, she was heavily affected by the Sept. 11 attacks.She once dated a firefighter and got to know members of his ladder company in Manhattan. “They took me under their wing,” Donna Franchino told The Columbian in September 2001. She helped raised $3,200 for the families of the firefighters who died in the tragedy.The national tragedy spurred her to take on a career as a technician in the emergency room at Providence Portland Medical Center, Nicole Franchino said.Virgil Adamson worked alongside Donna Franchino for nine years as a security guard at the hospital.She often showed her love, he said, by cooking.“Your waistline would expand when you worked with her,” he said. Adamson said she would stay up late after a graveyard shift to cook for others, and she was known for bringing in multiple cheesecakes at a time.last_img