Francis Arends

Francis Patrick Arends

Thursday, March 17th, 1927 - Thursday, December 3rd, 2020
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Francis Patrick Arends was born March 17, 1927, in Minneota, to John and Dora (Wolters) Arends. Francis was a lifelong resident of the Minneota area. He served in the Army, stationed in Greenland, from 1945 until 1946. Upon his honorable discharge, Francis returned to the family farm. On June 21, 1952, Francis was united in marriage to Delores Ertz of Brandt, SD. The couple was blessed with ten children.

Francis enjoyed farming and gardening. He and Delores took many trips with Southwest Tours. The couple also went dancing every Saturday for many years. Francis would take his family to visit friends and family every weekend, if no one was visiting them at the farm already. Family was very important to Francis, and he looked forward to extended family get-togethers. His grandchildren were the light of his life. Francis was a proud member of the American Legion, VFW, and Catholic Order of Foresters.

Francis died on Thursday, December 3, 2020, at the Minneota Manor. He is survived by his wife Delores of Marshall; children Paul (Joyce), Laura (Richard) Mead, Gregory (Elaine), James (Mari), Patricia (Dan) Vierstraete, Jeffrey (Jane), Brenda (Duane) Schmitz, Jean (Jim Wilton); 26 grandchildren and 31 great-grandchildren; and many nieces, nephews, relatives, and friends. He was preceded in death by his parents John and Dora, daughters Deborah and Lisa, brothers John, Henry, Joe, Leo, and William, and sisters Margaret and Minnie.

In lieu of flowers, memorials preferred to St. Edward Church and School in Minneota.
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Service Details

  • Visitation

    Tuesday, December 8th, 2020 | 4:00pm - 6:00pm
    Tuesday, December 8th, 2020 4:00pm - 6:00pm
    St. Edward Catholic Church
    409 N. Adams
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  • Second Visitation

    Wednesday, December 9th, 2020 | 10:00am - 11:00am
    Wednesday, December 9th, 2020 10:00am - 11:00am
    St. Edward Catholic Church
    409 N. Adams
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  • Service

    Wednesday, December 9th, 2020 | 11:00am
    Wednesday, December 9th, 2020 11:00am
    St. Edward Catholic Church
    409 N. Adams
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    Rev. Father Todd Petersen
  • Interment

    St. Edward Catholic Cemetery
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Rosann Buchert

Posted at 07:04pm
Biggest memory of my grandpa frank is when he always said s*** every time he say at the dinner table he always made me laugh . Patti Vierstrate's oldest Rosann.

Joanne Krause Glennon

Posted at 04:15pm
My deepest condolences to my Aunt Delores and family in the passing of Frank. He was such a good man...kind, caring, loving and fun to be around. May he rest in peace.

Dareld Koopman

Posted at 11:23am
I always remember Uncle Frank as a fun loving man. Enjoyed life n always ready for a laugh n a good time . He was always very comforting to our family when our Dad passed away years earlier. He will always be remembered. You’re family is in our thoughts n prayers. Dareld & Lynn Koopman

Brian Heins

Posted at 10:03am
Frank was a good man, from the old school. I'm sorry to hear that he passed. Best wishes and sympathy to the whole family.

Koopman Gene Posted at 02:57pm

Gene Koopman Jeanne and I are sending our sympathy to the loss of your husband and father. Frank was a wonderful uncle to all of us, he will not be forgotten. We will have your family in our thoughts and prayers. May Gods Grace be with all of you in the days ahead. Gene and Jeanne Koopman.

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