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Saturday January 19th, 2019
1:00pm - 2:00pm

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Time of Remembrance

Saturday January 19th, 2019

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Frances Proulx Westrum

A Remembrance Gathering with family and friends for Frances Proulx Westrum, age 87, of Albert Lea, will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Saturday, January 19, 2019 at Bayview/Freeborn Funeral Home.  Pastor Kent Otterman will officiate. Interment will be at St. John’s Lutheran Cemetery in Owatonna at a later date.  Friends may greet the family one hour prior to the service at the funeral home on Saturday. Online condolences are welcome at www.bayviewfuneral.com.


Fran died Wednesday, January 9, 2019 at St. John’s Lutheran Community.


Frances Proulx Westrum was born on September 14, 1931 in Owatonna, Minnesota, the daughter of George and Elizabeth (Miller) Pichner.  She attended Owatonna Public Schools. Fran was married to Paul Proulx on June 6, 1947 in Osage, Iowa. They moved to Albert Lea in 1965.  She was a stay at home mom for many years. After Paul’s death in 1990, Fran married Ken Westrum on February 12, 1993.  Fran was a member of Round Prairie Lutheran Church since 1993. She was also a member of the Eagle’s Club.  She enjoyed gardening, as she loved flowers of any kind, crossword puzzles, and collecting beanie babies.  She loved spending time with her grandkids and was always caring for family and friends – wherever help was needed, she was right there.  Family was very important to her.  Fran overcame many obstacles during her lifetime.


Fran is survived by her children, Paul G. (Marcia) Proulx, Connie Proulx, Debra Proulx, Michael Proulx, Bruce Westrum, Reid (Barb) Westrum, and Rod (Dee Ann) Westrum; 16 grandchildren, 21 great-grandchildren, and 1 great-great-grandchild; sister, Sharon Davis; and many other extended family members..


Fran was preceded in death by her parents, George and Elizabeth; husbands, Paul and Ken; brother, Robert Pichner; and many other extended family members.


In lieu of flowers, memorials preferred to St. John’s Lutheran Community Activity Fund.

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A candle was lit in memory of Frances Proulx Westrum

Cheryl Sailor-Hatle Jan 20 2019 12:00 AM

Debbie, Mike, Butch, and Connie, I am so sorry for your loss. Your Mom was an amazing Lady. Fran will be missed.

Debbie Renchin Jan 19 2019 12:00 AM

Our sympathies go out to Fran's family & friends. She was a very sweet lady. RIP mom.

Rick & Valerie Brown Jan 18 2019 12:00 AM

A MONET'S GARDEN TABLE BASKET was ordered on January 18, 2019

Expression of Sympathy Jan 18 2019 12:00 AM

Our thoughts and prayers are with all of you !
God Bless !!

Susan Gilbertson Jan 18 2019 12:00 AM

My sincere sympathy to the Proulx and Westrum families for your loss. Fran was always the best at listening and caring for others.

Cheryl Block Jan 16 2019 12:00 AM

A candle was lit in memory of Frances Proulx Westrum

June Goodnature Jan 15 2019 12:00 AM

A candle was lit in memory of Frances Proulx Westrum

Deb Christensen Jan 15 2019 12:00 AM

My Aunt Fran was full of kindness, love, and fun. She loved dancing and water aerobics. I couldn't keep up with her (and I'm 25 years younger). My love and condolences to both of her families, all of her kids and grandkids.

Kris Westrum, niece Jan 15 2019 12:00 AM

So sorry for your loss.

Trudy Rogert Jan 14 2019 12:00 AM

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