Frances Pangerl, of Minneapolis, MN, died April 5, 2007 in Osaka, Japan while on a vacation cruise. She was 69 years old. Mass of Christian Burial will be on Saturday, April 14 at 10:30 a.m. at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Mora. Visitation will be one hour prior to the service at the church. Interment will be at Calvary Catholic Cemetery in Pine City.
Frances Ann Pangerl, the only child of Ed and Edith Pangerl, was born on their farm near Pine City, Minnesota on June 2, 1937. Later the family moved to the farm near Grasston and became acquainted with the Eaton family who lived down the road. Frances graduated from Mora High School in 1955 and stayed on the farm caring for her mother who died in 1960. Frances then moved to Minneapolis and started working for Northwestern Bell on March 28, 1960 as a telephone operator. Soon after she was promoted to a management position.
Frances came home on weekends and stayed with Grandma Eaton. They both enjoyed Twins baseball and took many weekend road trips. When Grandma died in 1969 Frances was listed as a daughter in the obituary. By then she was an honorary aunt to the children of Bonnie Eaton Holmes and Donna Eaton Whiteford, and she spent weekends with them when the kids were young. A special bond was formed with Harlan and Lucy Holmes who also worked at the phone company. Frances was godmother to their second daughter who was named Helen Frances. Frances attended weddings in Wyoming, Nebraska and Iowa for all three of Harlan and Lucy’s daughters.
Frances liked cars and always had nice ones. She bought a Ford Mustang the first year it came out. She also like baseball and for some years had season tickets to the Twins games, and also vacationed in Florida so she could attend their games at spring training camp.
Her passion was traveling. Frances traveled around the country and her trips became more global after retiring in 1986. Co-workers at Northwestern Bell became traveling companions and friends; especially Sue Borries and Phyllis Birch.
Even though Frances never had children, the welfare of children was important to her. Her estate will be directed to the Ronald McDonald House, Make-A-Wish Foundation, as well as the American Heart Association and American Cancer Society.
She will be remembered for her infectious laugh which came easily and often resulted in tears streaming down her cheeks. Frances was a private, dignified woman, and the lives she touched will remember her kindness and generosity. She would get a chuckle out of knowing she was dressed in a Japanese kimono for her last flight home, and would think it appropriate that she died while doing what she loved, traveling.
Frances is survived by cousins, and the Holmes and Whiteford families.