Frances Anna Stoffel

October 31, 1923 — August 3, 2019

Frances “Fran” Anna Stoffel, age 95 of Willmar, Minn., died Saturday morning, Aug. 3, 2019, at Bethesda Grand Nursing Home in Willmar.

Mass of Christian Burial was at 11 a.m. Wednesday, Aug. 7, at the Church of St. Mary in Willmar. Interment was in the church cemetery. Visitation was 5 to 7 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 6, at Peterson Brothers Funeral Home in Willmar with a 7 p.m. Rosary by the Daughters of Isabella. Visitation continued one hour prior to the Mass at the church on Wednesday.

Frances Anna (Cink) Stoffel was born Oct. 31, 1923, in Wesley, Iowa, the daughter of Frank and Bertha (Ciha) Cink. Fran was raised on a farm near Bancroft, Iowa, and attended school in Bancroft. She graduated from St. John’s High School in the spring of 1941. After high school, Fran worked as a nanny for a local family and at Brown Photography in Algona, Iowa, developing pictures.

Fran met her future husband, Mike, at a ballroom in Algona and married Mike Stoffel on April 27, 1944. Mike and Fran started farming as hired hands in the Algona area where they started their family. In 1956 they moved to a farm near Svea, Minn., and three years later to a farm near Raymond, Minn. In 1964, Mike and Fran moved to Willmar, Minn. Fran was a stay-at-home mom until all the children were in school, and she also cared for the children of family and friends. She then took a job at Willmar Poultry Company (WPC) as a turkey injector, de-beaker, toe trimmer and sexer. She retired after working for WPC for over 20 years.

Mike and Frances enjoyed dancing. They spent several weekends at local dance halls dancing the night away. They even taught polka lessons to many couples in the Willmar area. Mike and Fran enjoyed bowling, golf and playing cards and dominos with family and friends. They also loved vacationing in Detroit Lakes, Minn., with family and friends. Fran enjoyed tending her flower beds and gardens. In the spring of 2014, Mike and Fran celebrated their 70th wedding anniversary.

Fran was a member of the St. Mary’s Altar and Rosary Society and the Daughters of Isabella. She was also a member of the American Legion Auxiliary. Fran was the only Catholic member of the Svea Lutheran Church Sewing Club. Fran held a special place in her heart for the next door “church ladies” from First Covenant Church who welcomed her to their weekly bible study. Fran was a Church Ambassador who had a broad spectrum of lady friends.

Frances is survived by seven of her eight children, Jim (and Louie) Stoffel of Sartell, Minn., Tom (and Tess) Stoffel of Willmar, Linda (and Grant) Zeug of Willmar, Dan (and Monique) Stoffel of Plano, Texas, Mick (and Shannyn) Stoffel of Blaine, Minn., Steve (and Becky) Stoffel of Eden Prairie, Minn., and Pam (and John) Beckius of Cold Spring, Minn.; 13 grandchildren; 13 great-grandchildren; and other relatives and friends.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Mike Stoffel; a daughter, Darlene Stoffel; two brothers, Julius Cink and James Cink; and two sisters, Ruth Robinson and Lillian Watts.

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