WESSINGTON SPRINGS — Arlein M. Fransen, 90, of Wessington Springs, died Oct. 3, 2013, at Weskota Manor Avera Nursing Home.
Funeral services will be today at 2 p.m. at Our Saviors Lutheran Church, Wessington Springs with burial at Prospect Hill Cemetery. The Rev. John Paulson will be officiating. Visitations will take place today one hour prior to services at the church.
Arlein Fransen was born June 21, 1923, in Willow Lake, to Andrew and Hilma (Haug) Rekstad. She was raised on a farm near Willow Lake. She attended school at Willow Lake and graduated from Willow Lake High School in 1941. She went on to earn her teaching degree from Augustana College. She then taught high school in Willow Lake, Bryant and Oldham.
On August 22, 1948, she married Charles Fransen in Montevideo, Minn. They owned and operated Fransen Jewelry in Wessington Springs.
Arlein also taught at the Wessington Springs High School English and was head librarian. She was an active member of P.E.O. and the American Legion Auxillary. She devoted much of her volunteer time to the Dunham Historical Society, spending many hours at the Heritage Center Museum. She enjoyed reading and watching the Minnesota Twins.
She is survived by two sons, Roger (Bonnie) of Cheyenne, Wyo. and Robert (Mary) of Issaquah, Wash.; a daughter, Melanie (Kevin) Baysinger of Woonsocket; six grandchildren; two step-grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; five step-great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Charles Fransen.
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