Fran Stanzel

Friday, June 20, 2008

Memorial services for Fran Stanzel, 80, of Spencer, formerly of Sioux Rapids, will be held at 1:30 p.m., today, Friday, June 20, 2008, at Grace United Methodist Church of Spencer. Rev. Chuck Kellogg will officiate the service.

A private family burial will take place at Lone Tree Cemetery in Sioux Rapids.

Fran passed away Tuesday, June 17, 2008, at Spencer Hospital.

Frances Catherine Stanzel, the daughter of William and Christine (Momsen) Klindt, was born on Feb. 6, 1928, in Lake View. Fran was raised in Lake View where she received her early education and moved to Sioux Rapids her senior year, graduating in 1945. After graduation, she started working for the postal service.

On Nov. 23, 1947, Frances married Donald Stanzel on her mother's farm near Sioux Rapids. Following their marriage, Fran continued to work for the postal service and eventually became the postmaster in Rembrandt. Fran also enjoyed being a homemaker and raising her children. Fran and Don moved to Spencer in 1996 and have enjoyed wintering in Arizona for the last 18 years. She was a member of Grace United Methodist where she was involved with the Methodist women. She was also involved in P.E.O. Chapter KF, bridge and social clubs and hospice and hospital auxiliary volunteer.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her brother, Harold; her step-father, J. Arthur Johnson; and her son-in-law, Richard Hoover.

Fran is survived by her husband, Don of Spencer; her daughters: Mary Farlow and her husband, Will of West Des Moines, Ann Roth and her husband, Steven of Storm Lake, and Susan Mills and her husband, Alan of Sioux Rapids; her son, William Stanzel and wife, Sue of Crofton, Neb.; eight grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; one brother, Robert Klindt of Monfort, Wis.; her sister-in-law, Vera Klindt of Sioux Rapids; and her step-sister, Ruth Edwards of Fort Dodge.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to the Abben Cancer CEnter or Hospice of Northwest Iowa.

Warner Funeral Home of Spencer is in charge of arrangements.