Frances 'Fran' Decker — St. Charles
Frances Lorretta "Fran" Decker, 89, of St. Charles, died Sunday, Dec. 20, at Mayo Clinic Hospital-Saint Marys Campus in Rochester.
Fran was born Jan. 31, 1926, near Town of Cross, Wis., to John and Frances (Feuling) Hentges, and grew up near Arcadia. She spent her 20s living and working in Milwaukee. In her late 20s, Fran met and married Bob Decker. They were married June 26, 1954. They made their home on the Decker family farm near St. Charles, where she lived until her death. Fran was a member of St. Charles Borromeo Catholic Church, its Rosary Society and Homemakers. She enjoyed gardening; playing board games, especially dominoes; and traveling, and she liked to dance and listen to polkas. Fran was a wonderful cook and baker.
Survivors include Fran's four daughters; Sharon (Pat Buchanan) Decker of Richfield, Pam (Kendall) Persons of St. Charles, Michele (Brad Becker) Decker of Hayfield and Marge (Jim) Cunningham of Las Vegas; five grandchildren, Rachel and Jared Persons, Myles Buchanan, Brady Becker and Scott Cunningham; one great-granddaughter, Addison Buchanan; four siblings;, Ellen Olson of Delafield, Wis., Hank (Vivian) Hentges of St. Charles, Will (Vera) Hentges of Yuba City, Calif., and Lorraine (Dick) Schultz of Utica; two sisters-in-law, Sadie Koenig of St. Charles, Marion Hentges of Caledonia, Wis.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Bob, in 2010; one sister, Marian Guslek; four brothers, Joe, Herb, Walter and Orville Hentges; two brothers-in-law, Clifford and Larry; and one sister-in-law, Arlene.
A funeral Mass for Fran will be at 10:30 a.m. Monday at St. Charles Borromeo Catholic Church in St. Charles, with the Rev. Kurt Farrell officiating. Burial will follow in Hillside Cemetery. Friends may call from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday at Hoff Funeral Service in St. Charles, and for one hour before services at the church on Monday.
Please share a memory of Fran at her online guestbook, and view her video tribute when it becomes available at www.hofffuneral.com.