Frances Claire   Robb

Frances Claire "Fran" Robb, 85, of Rochester passed away peacefully at Mayo Clinic Hospital, Saint Marys Campus, on Oct. 17, 2019.

Frances Claire Jindra was born on Oct. 8, 1934, in Omaha, Neb., to Frank and Mildred (Richling) Jindra. She graduated from Benson High School near Omaha. On Nov. 6, 1954, she married Duane Robb in Omaha. They lived briefly in Ames, Iowa, before settling in Rochester to raise their family.

While raising the family, she decided to go back to school, ultimately obtaining a PhD in education from the University of Minnesota. Fran was a teacher and principal at numerous Rochester elementary schools, retiring in 1998.

She was a devout Catholic and longtime member of Church of the Resurrection in Rochester. In her retirement, she volunteered at church, and Saint Marys Hospital. She and her husband traveled extensively, visiting many places around the world.

As her peripheral neuropathy progressed, it became harder for Fran to move and speak but she maintained a positive outlook on life. She loved to read and adored spending time with her family and friends.

She is survived by her husband, Duane, of Rochester; her children, Steve (Beth) of Rochester, Mark (Sue) of Rochester, Karen (Todd) Wheeler of Burnsville, Minn., and Kathy of Rochester; grandchildren, Jeff, Lonnett, Jenny, Annie, Danny, Alex, Michael, and Scott; and great-grandchildren Hannah, Hadley, Lydia and Henry.

She is preceded in death by her parents, and two brothers, Jack and Jim.

The Memorial Mass for Fran will be on Tuesday, Oct. 22, at 11 a.m. at Church of the Resurrection Catholic Church in Rochester. Visitation will be from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. Monday, Oct. 21, in the River Park Chapel at Macken Funeral Home, and one hour prior to the Mass at church.

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