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Frances Jennen

September 22, 1952 — September 4, 2022

Elbow Lake

Frances Kay Jennen was born on September 22, 1952, to Henry and Louise (Thoennes) Petermann in Breckenridge, Minnesota. She was baptized and confirmed at St. Gall’s Catholic Church in Tintah, Minnesota. Franny was a 1970 graduate of Tintah High School, and furthered her education at a sixteen week Airline Personnel Training at Atlantic Airline School in Kansas City, Missouri where she received her diploma and wings. She moved to the Twin Cities and worked for Imperial Helicopters in South Saint Paul, Minnesota.

In 1974, Franny married Richard Klegin, to which they adopted a daughter, Shannon. In 1982, Franny married Paul Jennen and welcomed two sons, Jeremy & Nathan.

Franny worked at Prairie Ridge Healthcare in Elbow Lake for thirty years as a coding tech, and in the business office.

Franny loved her plants, flowers and gardening. She adored her little dog, Charlie with all her heart. Franny’s home was very warm and welcoming to all who entered. Christmas was her favorite holiday to share with her children and grandchildren. She loved organizing family gatherings.  She will be missed by many.

On Sunday, September 4, 2022, Franny died at her home at the age of sixty-nine years surrounded by her loved ones.

Franny is survived by her daughter, Shannon Mock; sons, Jeremy (Sara), and Nathan (Amanda); grandchildren, Cody, Max, Riley, Elisa, Collin, Emery, Carlyn and Catherine; siblings, Mary Wellnitz, Patricia (Glen) Kruize, Maureen (James) Wichael, Jimmy, Robert (Cheryl), David (Joyce), and Henry (Marcia); brother-in-law, Kenneth Schmaltz; sisters-in-law, Sharon and Dorothy Petermann; and many nieces and nephews.

She is preceded in death by her husband, Paul; her parents Henry & Louise Petermann, brothers Stanley, John, Herbert (Beverly), and Leon (Vicki); sisters Ramona (Lawrence) Lehman, Loretta Schmaltz, Barbara (Frank) Fink, Theresa (Roger) Wellnitz; brother-in-law Duane Wellnitz; nephews Glen Kruize Jr., Frankie Fink, III, Adam Petermann, Derek Wellnitz and niece Lori Wellnitz.

Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10:30 AM Friday, September 9, 2022 at St. Olaf Catholic Church, Elbow Lake.

Visitation will be from 5:00 – 7:00 PM Thursday at St. Olaf Catholic Church with a Prayer Service at 7:00 PM.

Interment at St. Loretto Catholic Cemetery, Elbow Lake

Live-streaming of the Funeral Mass will take place at the time of Franny's service on Friday.

Erickson-Smith Funeral Home of Elbow Lake

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Thursday, September 8, 2022

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Thursday, September 8, 2022

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Friday, September 9, 2022

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Mass of Christian Burial

Friday, September 9, 2022

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