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Frances “Fran” Nordeen, of Cambridge, formerly of Braham, passed away on Thursday, December 2, 2021 at GracePointe Crossing in Cambridge.  She was 94 years old.

FUNERAL SERVICE will be held at 11:00 am on Friday, December 10, 2021 at the Sts. Peter & Paul Catholic Church in Braham.

Live stream of the Service will be available HERE.


VISITATION will be held one hour prior to the service at the church.

INTERMENT will be in the Sts. Peter & Paul Catholic Cemetery in Braham.

Frances Marie (Pangerl) Nordeen was born at home outside of Pine City, MN on September 24, 1927 to Emma and Joe M Pangerl. Growing up she worked with her siblings on the farm and attended country school through eighth grade. When she was twelve she moved into Pine City to live with an aunt and attend high school, after which she moved to Minneapolis briefly before returning to Pine City to serve as the bookkeeper at the Co-op. In 1947 she married Merle Nordeen and they moved to California where they lived in Gardena and Watts until they moved back to a farm outside of Braham in 1950.

Throughout Franny’s life she was an active gardener who was known for her flower beds and vegetable garden that covered the better half of the front yard. She was always excited for the first potatoes and peas of the season and then spent countless hours canning and freezing the bounty she collected. Various friends and family were often the recipients of her generosity. Whether it was something she grew or baked or cooked, everything was delicious! Most notable were her Swedish caramels and Christmas cookies that were delivered liberally to everyone she knew.

Everyone who knew her recognized her love of sports. She liked nothing better than when the Twins were playing and she could listen or watch the game. During March Madness you could depend on Franny’s bracket to go deep into the tournament because throughout the season she would watch any team that was playing, especially if it meant rooting against Tom Izzo. Throughout the years she also supported her kids’ teams no matter where they were playing, even if it meant driving through snowstorms or sitting in the rain. Her contributions to Braham athletics were recognized with the honor of the Distinguished Service Award.

Franny had so many interests that kept her busy. She loved to travel, especially to Mexico and to visit relatives in California and British Columbia. Wherever she went there was an infectious laughter that followed her and drew people to her. Relatives and friends were also welcomed into her home when they came to visit. Whether they stayed for coffee or for several weeks, Franny’s hospitality and easy-going approach to life ensured they felt comfortable and at home.

Over the years Franny wore out hundreds of decks of cards playing solitaire, Phase 10, and chase the aces. All too often you would see the twinkle in her eye at the possibility of beating you (or maybe attempting to not so slyly cheat). More recently she played dominos with a treasured group of friends whose laughter could be heard for miles.

Her family was dear to her and her chosen family of friends was extensive. So many depended on her for answers to questions (she was ‘Google’ before the internet was a thing) or a non-judgemental ear to listen or a shoulder to cry on. She was able to make you feel like a part of her family and she will be missed by all who knew her.

She was preceded in death by her parents Emma and Joe M Pangerl; son Mark Nordeen; grandson Joshua Nordeen; siblings Bernard (LaDez) Pangerl, Genevieve (Robert) Olson; sister-in-law Doris Mohr; and father of her children Merle Nordeen.

Surviving are her children, son Paul; daughters, Lisa (Christine Hazel) and Ann (Ken) Johnson; grandchildren, Allison Nordeen, Andrew Nordeen (Jenny Gee), Jamie Nordeen, Jeremy (Lindsy) Nordeen, Jerred Nordeen, Alayna Bombard and Valerie Bombard; 8 great grandchildren; daughters-in-law LaVonn Nordeen and Kathryn Nordeen; brother Art Pangerl; many other relatives and friends.

13 thoughts on “FRANCES “FRAN” NORDEEN”

  1. So sorry for your loss. will always remember Frannie with a smile and laugh in her heart. She made Girl Scout fun the first year that I was an adult leader.
    Gerri Purdy

  2. I have many great memories of Frannie. She was such a great lady. My deepest sympathy to Paul, Lisa, Ann and family.

  3. What a wonderful person she was. She opened her heart and home to me and Edward and treated us like family. I will always have her in my memories

  4. Frannie was a wonderful friend and colleague. She was a gifted and bright lady who gave of her time and talents to children and adults alike. Frannie brought laughter and happiness to everyone. Prayers and condolences to the Nordeen family on their loss.

  5. I remember Franny sitting on a hot stack of tin in the outfield in the old ball park in Braham as we played our first game of baseball as 3rd and 4th grader WeePees, and she was at every game that Paul, Mark and I ever played from that day on. She was a wonderful lady and will certainly be missed.
    Rick Hultman

  6. That was a beautiful service in memory of a beautiful person. I have many fond memories of my childhood, and being on the farm holds many of them. Aunt Franny’s huge garden and delicious foods will never be forgotten. Nor the time I fell in the swamp waters, and she laughed it off, gave me dry clothes, and provided the comfort I needed. I’ve never lost sight of the wonderful childhood I had, in great part due to the loving family relationships of aunts, uncles, and cousins. Rest in heavenly peace, Aunt Frances. You have touched many lives.

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