Frances Della Drexler
Location: Calvary Cemetery [ view map ]
Friday, September 29, 1922
Date of Death:
Sunday, March 4, 2018
95 years old
Frances Della Drexler
Frances Della (Turner) Drexler, 95, of Rochester, MN passed away on March 4, 2018 at Health East Nursing Home, Rochester, MN.
Frances was born on September 29, 1922 on a farm in rural Lanesboro, the fourth of five daughters to Claude and Olive (Milne) Turner. She attended grade school at Amherst Township and went on to graduate from Canton High School, Canton, MN with the Class of 1939. Frances attended Winona College where she earned her teaching degree. She taught in a country school for a short time. She moved to Rochester, MN where she worked at the Rochester Dairy as a secretary and later at Professional Instruments Company when she retired in 1983.
On June 3, 1948, she married William P. Drexler at The Church of St. John the Evangelist in Rochester, MN. The couple moved to the family farm, east of Rochester, where they raised their four children. After the death of her husband, Frances moved to Rochester where she resided until the fall of 2015.
Frances was a member of St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church for over 60 years and was an active member in their Rosary Society for many years. She had a deep faith and would always have a “prayer in her pocket” to recite before meals with her family.
Frances was one of the kindest and gentlest souls and loved by everyone who knew her. She loved to cook and entertain her family, and always made the occasion special. She was a loving wife, mother, and grandmother.
She was preceded in death by her husband; and her four sisters and brothers-in-law, Eleanor (Rev. Orrin) Moore, Lois (Conrad) Peterson, Marge (Warren) Knudsen, and Mary (Dale) Hahn.
She is survived by her children, Steven (Corrine) Drexler, Mary (Jim) Adams, Tom (Doreen) Drexler, and Diane (Steve) Schellhammer; grandchildren, Chad (Tasha) Adams, Cole (Sarah) Adams, Stacy (Brandon) Hradecky, Angela (Theron) Berg, Ben Schellhammer, Tara (Jon) Johnson, and Tracy Schellhammer; along with seven great-grandchildren.
A private memorial service will be held at a later date.
Memorials are suggested to St. Francis of Assisi Heights Catholic Church, 1114 Third Street Southeast, Rochester, MN 55905.
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We are so sorry to hear of Fran's passing. My Mother, Madelyn DeRuiter lived across the hall from Fran and they were good friends. Our family enjoyed talking with Fran when we would be visiting my Mom. She was a very kind soul and will be missed. Thinking of your family during this time of grief.
The DeRuiter Family, Steve, Cheri, Kalli and Dylan
Hi All the Drexler Kids,
Greetings to all, sorry about your MOM's passing. Fran was a good friend and pal, I was thinking about her that very week but didn't pursue my thoughts.
Steve, Drex, Tom, Diane and families- My thoughts and prayers are with you all. What a kind and classy lady. Love the picture. Take care. Jeanne
God's blessings to Fran's family at her passing. Her wit and smile will be missed.
Tom, so very sad to hear of your ma's passing. tho i only met her a few times, i could tell she was a very kind person.prayers coming your way! fun fact for you drex, she was always the person i could call to get your phone number from.
We are so sorry for your loss. Your mother was such a warm, kind woman. She will be missed.
As one of the "Turner Girls" Fran was an old friend to my family. My dad (Keith) and his brother (Adrian) were contemporaries of Fran. Their farms were adjacent to each other in Amherst Township. Fran's first motorcycle ride was with my dad. My grandmother (Maude) taught at the Amherst School.
Fran...What a great person.
We enjoyed every occasion where we had the pleasure of connecting with her.
Sandee and I were saddened to hear of Fran's passing. Sympathy and Condolences to her family...
Denny and Sandee McCallum
They were know as the "corporation" when they lived across from my parents (Gerry and John Pagelkopf) on 30th St NW. Fran was a very sweet lady and my memories always have Fran in a hat.