Frances Westrum, 1931-2019

Published 1:00 am Wednesday, January 16, 2019

A remembrance gathering with family and friends for Frances Proulx Westrum, 87, of Albert Lea will be at 2 p.m. Saturday at Bayview/Freeborn Funeral Home. The Rev. 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 Saturday. Online condolences are welcome at

Frances Westrum

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

Frances Proulx Westrum was born Sept. 14, 1931, in Owatonna, 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 Feb. 12, 1993. Fran was a member of Round Prairie Lutheran Church since 1993. She was also a member of the Eagles 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.

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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 one great-great-grandchild; sister, Sharon Davis; sister-in-law, Betty Pichner; brothers-in-law Richard (Elaine) Westrum and John (Cookie) Westrum; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Fran was preceded in death by her parents George and Elizabeth; husbands Paul and Ken; brother, Robert Pichner; brothers-in-law David Davis, William Proulx, LeRoy Proulx, Edgar Westrum and Brian Borwege; sisters-in-law Barb Borwege and Joan Proulx; and nephews Brad Borwege and Ben Borwege.

In lieu of flowers, memorials are preferred to the St. John’s Lutheran Community activity fund.