10/19/2022 3:13:00 PM Memorial service for Fran Prussner planned for this spring in Hubbard
Frances Winnifred Prussner died peacefully at Seasons Hospice House in Rochester on Saturday, Oct. 15, 2022. Fran was born on April 9, 1930 in Bemidji, to Walter and Maud (Mandery) Paul. The youngest of five children, Fran's early life was shaped by lively conversations at family meals, exploring the beauty of the north woods with family and friends, and attending Sunday worship and Sunday school faithfully. After graduatng from Bemidji High School in 1948, she attended Bemidji State Teachers College for two years. Young Fran decided to take a break from her studies and move to San Diego to be with her older sisters, Alice and Bernice. It was there, while singing in the church choir, that she met the love of her life and husband of 67 years, Alvin After their marriage on June 10, 1951, Al and Fran moved to Tulsa, Oklahoma where Al studied to be an aircraft mechanic and pilot at Spartan School of Aeronautics. In 1956 Al was hired by Capital Airlines, and later United Airlines, for which he flew for over 29 years. During this time Al and Fran moved to Northfield, and eventually purchased a farm east of town where they raised their family and several flocks of sheep. Soon after retiring from United in 1985, Al and Fran moved to the Park Rapids area, where they enjoyed lake life with family and friend, singing in the Hubbard United Methodist Church choir, and touring the United States and Europe. During these years Fran returned to college, reading, writing papers, and participating in archeological digs at sites in Ireland and Germany. At age 70 Fran earned her bachelor's degree in Celtic civilization at the University of Minnesota. Fran's diagnosis in 2013 of dementia led to a gradual decline in her many activities and hobbies. Al died in 2019 after a year long battle with laryngeal cancer. In 2011 Fran moved to The Waters on Mayowood in Rochester to be closer to her daughter Laura. Although dementia increaingly restricted her life, Fran continued to enjoy visits with family, cuddling with her great-granddaughters, and particpating in activities with fellow memory care residents until her death. Fran will be remembered for her devotion to her family, for her care as shepherdess to the family's flock of sheep, for her artistic talents as musician and spinner/dyer/knitter, and of her passion for learning. Fran is survived by her sons, David of Rapid City, South Dakota and Tom (Martha) of Maple Grove; her daughter, Laura (Eric) Nordstrom of Stewartville; seven grandchildren; and nine great-grandchildren. Memorials may be made to Seasons Hospice of Rochester or Hubbard United Methodist Church, 12150 Broadway Road, Park Rapids, MN 56470. A memorial service will be held next spring at Hubbard United Methodist Church. Condolences and memories of Fran are welcome at www.griffin-gray.com. Arrangements are with Griffin-Gray Funeral Home in Stewartville.