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Frances Marcia Blakestad

December 27, 1928 — March 29, 2018

Funeral services for Frances Marcia Blakestad, age 89, of Albert Lea, will be held at 11:00 a.m. Tuesday, April 3, 2018 at St. Theodore Catholic Church, with a Rosary at 10:00 a.m.  Father Kurt Farrell will officiate. Interment will be at Fairview Cemetery in Hayfield, Minnesota at 1:45 p.m. on Tuesday.  Visitation will be from 5:00-7:30 p.m. Monday, April 2 at Bayview/Freeborn Funeral Home and from 10:00 a.m. until the start of service at the church on Tuesday. Online condolences are welcome at

Frances died Thursday, March 29, 2018 at Mayo Clinic Health Systems – Albert Lea.

Frances Marcia Blakestad was born December 27, 1928 in Owatonna, Minnesota, the daughter of Joseph and Dorothy (Houdek) Renchin.  She grew up near Hayfield and graduated from Hayfield High School.  After graduation, she attended beauty school.  On November 14, 1949, Fran was united in marriage to Irvin ‘Roger’ Engen in Hayfield.  To this union, one son was born. Roger died in 1951 as a result of a plane crash.  On December 27, 1952, she was united in marriage to Roger Blakestad at St. Theodore’s. To this union, three daughters were born.  Fran worked as a beautician for 69 continuous years at various nursing homes and a shop in her basement until the time of her passing.  She was a member of St. Theodore’s, where she had been active in guild, and a past member of the Eagles.  Fran loved the outdoors, especially her flowers and gardening, cleaning her home, reading, and solving puzzles.

Fran is survived by her children, John (Susan) Engen, Carol Blakestad, Cathy (Curt) Rebelein, Cindy (Roger) Beinhorn; grandchildren, Melissa (Shane) Engen-Bundy, John Mickelson, Shane (Suzie) Engen, Jason (Jennifer Wickett) Engen, Sheena (Jeremy) Otto, Trisha (Chuck Deye) Blakestad, Curt Jr. (Beth) Rebelein, Chris (Kala) Rebelein, Catie (Eric) Kirkholm, Tim (Kelsey Perry) Beinhorn, Becky (Cory) Rislov; many great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren; siblings, Theresa Kasper, Margaret Koziolek, Alice Arnold, and Rosemary Besch; sister-in-law, JoAnne Williamson; brothers-in-law, Vernon Ginder and Ronald (Bonnie) Rasmussen; and many nieces and nephews.

Fran was preceded in death by her parents; husbands, Irvin ‘Roger’ Engen and Roger Blakestad; Carol’s special friend, Fred Hockenhull; siblings, Dorothy (Bob) Virnig, David (Alleen) Renchin, and Sylvia Ginder; brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law, Jim Kasper, Kenny Arnold, Francis Koziolek, Jerome Besch, LaVerne (Mae) Blakestad, and Bernard Williamson; father-in-law, Irvin Engen; mother-in-law, Lillian Engen Rasmussen; stepfather-in-law, Ole Rasmussen; and father-in-law and mother-in-law, Raymond and Tilleen Blakestad.

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Monday, April 2, 2018

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Tuesday, April 3, 2018

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