National Cleveland Style Polka Hall of Fame and Museum
605 East 222nd Street Euclid, OH 44123
Toll Free: 1-800-66POLKA
Frances "Franca" Rosenberger Sylvester spent her life at the forefront promoting
American-Slovenian culture in Western Pennsylvania. Singing as a child at the Slovenian
Home on Ambridge, Pennsylvania, Frances advanced to the Rosmarin Singing Society
as a teen before finding her niche singing with Stella Petz for over twenty years
as the featured vocal duet with Fred Gregorich and the Del-Fi's as well as other
Cleveland-Style orchestras. After Stella's passing, Franca carried on the tradition
with Millie Smolkovitch and as a prominent member of the Hermine Button Box Club.
Giving back to the community, Franca taught Slovenian at a local community college,
served as the director of the Junior Reveliers Children's Chorus, and co-hosted the
Slovene Radio Hour on Pittsburgh's WPIT beginning in the mid-1980's.