Frances Herzog, 91Frances “Fran” Herzog, 91, died peacefully on Wednesday, October 10, 2012.
Frances “Fran” Herzog, 91, died peacefully on Wednesday, October 10, 2012.
Fran was born August 21, 1921 in Urbank, the daughter of John and Katherine (Terfehr) Thoennes. She was baptized and confirmed at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Urbank.
Fran was united in marriage to Francis Herzog on November 21, 1940. The couple farmed by Garfield right after their marriage and then moved into Alexandria, where they worked for Alex Hardware and then at Wedums Supply. To this union, five children were born: Francis Jr., Arlene, Phyllis, Lou Ann and Mary Ann. Francis died on December 6, 1982.
Fran married Ambrose Gaffaney on October 14, 1988 at St. Mary’s Catholic Church.
Fran loved spending time with her family. She loved having coffee and cookies. Fran was very active in her community, volunteering as a Gray Lady, at Knute Nelson Home and the Senior Center. She was a member of the Christian Mothers and D of I. Frances enjoyed playing bingo, cards, pull tabs and going to the casino. Fran will be remembered as having a very spunky personality; she just loved having a good time. Fran was very musically gifted. She had the ability of just hearing a song and then being able to play it. Frances was also a great polka dancer and a member of the Jolly Jokers Kitchen Band.
She is survived by her children, Francis Jr. and wife, Carol of Phoenix, AZ, Arlene Oelrich of Alexandria, Phyllis Boesl (Tim) of Miltona, LouAnn Carlson of Alexandria, Mary Ann Zastrow (Richard) of Alexandria; 19 grandchildren, 52 great-grandchildren, four great-great-grandchildren; brother, Joseph Thoennes of Alexandria; sister, Laura Cichy of Henning; two sisters-in-law, Arlene Thoennes and Marcella Thoennes; stepchildren, George Gaffaney, Kathy Strunc, David Gaffaney, Greg Gaffaney, Mary Beth Jubert, Lynn McMurray and families.
She was preceded in death by her husbands, Francis Herzog and Ambrose Gaffaney; son-in-law, Dale Carlson; brothers, Gerhard, Lawrence, Ben, Victor and Richard; sisters, Margaret, Eva, Barbara and Veronica.
Mass of Christian Burial was held Tuesday, October 16 at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Alexandria with Father Steve Binsfeld officiating. Pallbearers were George Gaffaney, Shawn Herzog, Dawn Schultz, Jeff Boesl, Chad Carlson and Kristy Larson. Honorary pallbearers were her grandchildren, great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren. Burial was at St. Mary’s Cemetery.
Arrangements are with Anderson Funeral Home in Alexandria; www.andersonfuneral.net.
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